We can provide overnight breaks and day care provision for children and young people with autism and /or learning difficulties aged 5-18. Aycliffe Short Breaks is based at our North East Centre for Autism in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham. The home compromises six individual bedrooms and a total of four bathroom suites.

The service offers flexible and therapeutic living arrangements in order to reduce sensory overload and also provide opportunities for gaining greater independence. When children and young people enter the short breaks provision there is a welcoming reception area where introductions can be made and there is a transition room that offers a calming environment. This can support positive transitions, particularly for those children and young people who find new experiences challenging. All residential accommodation is provided on the first floor and is accessible either by stairs or a lift.

We have a range of activity rooms such as a computer suit, a quiet reading area, play room and sensory room.

All the children and young people are given the opportunity to be involved in age appropriate community based leisure facilities and outings are arranged on a regular basis, including trips to parks, the coast, cinema, shopping and local places of interest.

Everyone is encouraged to join local clubs and groups and to maintain links and friendships with others to prevent social exclusion. If a young person took part in a hobby or activity prior to their short break, the staff will support them to continue.

Christmas, birthdays and other special occasions are all celebrated.

Children and young people can enjoy a healthy and nutritious diet that meets their individual needs and takes into account allergies, likes and dislikes and any medical consideration. Cultural dishes will be available to meet cultural needs and enable all children and young people the opportunity to live in an environment which embraces multi-cultural aspects of life in Britain today.

For more information about Children's Short Breaks contact:

Cath Blair on 01325 328 080 or email [email protected]

Aycliffe Short Beaks Statement of Purpose