Short Breaks Services

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A short break is a good quality, fun, positive activity that your disabled child or young person can either attend with you or independently.

A short break can last between a few hours and several days. It can take place in your own home, in a supported setting, or within the community. It provides families with a break from their caring role and time to spend with other family members or to have time to themselves.

Short Break Services

The Local Authority provides the following short breaks which are accessed through an assessment by Social Care.

Hartburn Lodge Short Breaks Centre

Hartburn Lodge provides planned short breaks for young people with complex and additional needs. Young People are accepted from the ages of 4 to 17 years. Planned short breaks at Hartburn Lodge would then cease when a young person becomes 18.  

 At Hartburn Lodge we are able to provide three types of short break;

  • An overnight short break
  • An after school short break
  • A weekend day care short break

 To access this service you will need a referral from a social worker, who will have completed an assessment of need and presented your case to a resource panel who will agree how we can best help to meet the needs of your child.

Once we receive the referral a member of staff will undertake a home visit, where we will obtain additional information that will help us to understand what level of care your child will need whilst in our care.

Please contact the Centre Manager for additional information.

Manager: David Vickerstaff

Address: Hartburn Lodge, Harlsey Road, Stockton-on-Tees, TS18 5DL.

Telephone: 01642 527994


Apply for a Short Breaks Grant

Please note: The grant has now been paused and we are not currently accepting any further applications. This is due to the high volume of applications received and we will provide a further update on this page once we have reviewed the situation.  

We recognise that families caring full time for a child or young person with a disability and or Special Educational Needs (SEND) will struggle to get any kind of break from caring during this unusual time and will be looking for opportunities to entertain and occupy children and young people at home and in the community where it is safe to do so, as restrictions lift.

This past year has certainly been a challenge for us all and as a result of COVID-19, and restrictions being lifted, we have adapted our approach to support eligible families to get the best out of the Short Breaks Grant offer.

We continue to work with the Stockton Parent Carer Forum to produce a creative offer. The offer has been responsive and adjusted for each period that it has been available. As restrictions have been lifted and more activities become available so too have the opportunities the grant can be used for.

For the period 1 April 2021 to 30 September 2021, parents and carers of disabled children and young people aged 3-17 will be able to apply for a grant of up to £600. A grant of up to £75 will be available for those children and young people already in receipt of other services provided from the Council following a result of an assessment need from a Social Worker.

Applications will be accepted from the 1 April 2021 and will close on the 1 July 2021. The grant is a limited fund, once the budget for the grant has been reached applications will be closed and will not be progressed.

The grant continues to be very popular and has benefited many young people and their families. Between 1 October 2020 and 31 March 2021, there have been 320 successful applications.

Please note that in order for us to process any grant renewals, you must have provided receipts for the activities your child has accessed via the previous grant awarded. Any unspent monies must be returned. It is parent’s responsibility to ensure that all receipts have been provided.

The Short Breaks Grant is a limited fund and applications will close for this period on the 1 July 2021 at 5pm and Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council reserves the right to close the scheme before this date if the available budget is exhausted. Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council may extend the closing date if funds are still available.

The grant is extremely popular so we would urge you to apply promptly, you must ensure that funding has been secured in advance of activities that are solely reliant on the grant and before making any purchases.

There has been some wonderful feedback so far and your comments and views are very welcome and will assist Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council producing the grant next year. 

The grant offer has been co-produced with the Stockton Parent Carer Forum and if you have any feedback you can contact them via telephone 07985 245668 or [email protected]


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