Our children's short break service is more than just a lifeline for families across the North-east - it's a looked-forward-to destination to everyone who stays with us.

Encompassing everything from after school support, holiday clubs and weekend activities to overnight and even extended holidays in our children’s centre, we provide bespoke support for children and young people across the North-east of England. 

A chance to have a break, both for the parents and carers and for the young people themselves – we offer a safe environment to have fun, make friends, learn new skills and develop independence.

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Acorn House, Children’s Short Breaks:

The short breaks residential home is based at our North East Centre for Autism in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham. We can provide overnight breaks and day care provision for children and young people who are autistic or / and have learning difficulties age 5-18. 

Aims of our Short Breaks service include:
  • to make a positive difference in the life of the child / young person and their families 
  • offer enjoyable and educational activities which meet with the persons individual preferences
  • to. be a family centered service developed with regular conversations and input from family members

What we say...

The key aspect of this support is that it is completely personalised – we don’t have a one shoe fits all approach. Everything is tailored to the needs of every individual. Our services can also take place in the community and in a very real sense it can keep families together. Respite together with a package designed to bring out the best in those who come to us, means it’s an incredibly valuable service

        Donna Williams, Area Manager

What Ofsted inspectors say...

This is a happy place; photos go the children taking part, enjoying activities and celebrating their achievements are displayed throughout the home. Children have 'Achievement Albums' that record their positive experiences when they come to stay. 

        From our latest Ofsted report

What parents say... 

It's been amazing from the beginning; communication is brilliant. The plan for our child was personal and we went over it together; incredibly detailed to meet his needs.


What our young people say...

I’ve enjoyed coming to short breaks and thank you to the staff for helping me during my time here

        Kieran, short breaks attendee 

Aycliffe Short Breaks Statement of Purpose:

Aycliffe Short Beaks Statement of Purpose

For more information contact the team.