Information for families This is a life-line service that provides individuals with the opportunity to take part in a range of different activities, develop independence and friendships outside of the family unit. Aims of the Short Breaks service include: To make a positive difference in the life of the person with autism as well as the lives of family members. Offering enjoyable and educational activities which meet with the persons individual preferences. Family centered so the service is developed with input from family members. We are able to offer residential short breaks at New Warlands Farm which is set within 77 acres of farmland and countryside within County Durham. The short breaks service has six spacious lodges which are modern and comfortable. Unlike other facilities, the bespoke lodges have been designed with autism in mind – offering bespoke facilities built to carefully consider sensory needs as well as the ideal environment to also help develop skills for life and independence. Some of the lodges have been designed to meet the needs of individuals who have physical disabilities. The lodges overlook beautiful woodland within farmland which provides a calming and peaceful environment particularly for people who have complex sensory needs.We are able to offer a safe, responsive, effective and caring service by training the staff team to a high standard. We listen to the needs of the person and their family. As well as focusing on specific goals the service is designed to enrich lives by widening experiences, developing connections with the local community and overcoming potential barriers to accessing any activities or interests. Leisure activities which people enjoy and find stimulating are vital for an individual’s physical and emotional well-being. We support individual’s to make choices through providing information in their preferred format regarding the activities that they enjoy and want to participate in. For more information about Short Breaks and to arrange a visit contact: Catherine Blair Email Catherine.