Short Breaks Scheme

The Short Breaks Scheme is a Wiltshire Council direct payment scheme that allows eligible families to receive a payment of up to £550 to provide flexible leisure opportunities or support to their child or young person.

The Short Breaks Scheme was formerly known as the Local Offer.  However the Local Offer is now the term used to include all support and services provided across Wiltshire for 0-25 year olds with SEND.

Designed in consultation with parents and carers the Short Breaks Scheme aims to meet the individual needs and interests of children and young people who require additional support to either access or engage in leisure activities (also referred to as ‘short breaks’).

The Short Breaks Scheme offers families choice through a menu of options, which means that children and young people, together with their parents or carers, can think creatively about how they want to spend their leisure time and choose what works best for them.

To find out more about the scheme, the eligibility criteria and how to apply, visit the Short Breaks section of the Wiltshire Parent Carer Council website.

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Ideas for parents: Short breaks payments

Every August, parents and carers return a feedback form on our short breaks scheme. We hope by sharing some of this feedback, we can give parents / carers ideas on how they can benefit from the scheme.

Read more about  ideas for short breaks payments

To find out more about leisure and activities in Wiltshire, visit our main leisure page.


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