This service provides one to one social and emotional support to children with disabilities, autism and brain injury to enable them to develop friendships and access social and recreational opportunities at home or within their local community, whilst providing parents and carers with a regular short break.

It is a fun and exciting service providing individual support to children and young people with, complex disabilities & healthcare needs, autism and brain injury. This is dependent on the current contract we have in place within the local Health & Social Care Trust.

What support is provided?

Short Breaks is delivered on a weekly or fortnightly basis and can take place within the family home or local community.

The service provides parents and carers with;

  • A regular short break from care
  • The opportunity for time to themselves to go shopping, meet friends, go to the hairdressers, have some well-earned rest or simply catch up on household tasks
  • A consistent and reliable service delivered by individuals who they can trust to take care of their child and their child’s needs.

And provides children and young people with;

  • The opportunity to have fun; take part in planned activities of their choice outside of the family environment or engage in interactive and sensory play within the family home
  • The opportunity to meet new people, develop new friendships and to take part in social opportunities available within their local community

How to get involved:

The Short Break service is delivered in partnership with the local Health & Social Care Trusts and referral to the service comes solely from the Children’s Disability Team or other identified Health & Social Care representatives.

If you would like any further information about our Short Break service please contact your local Cedar office from the contact details below or alternatively your Children’s Disability Social Worker or representative within your local Health & Social Care Trust.

Cedar Foundation’s Short Break Service is regulated by the Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA)

For more information please contact your nearest service provider:

Ravenhill Reach

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1 Ravenhill Reach Close
Ormeau Embankment
Belfast BT6 8RB


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Balliniska Business Park
Springtown Drive
Co Londonderry
BT48 0NA


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1a Woodside Road Industrial Estate
Woodside Road
Co Antrim BT42 4QJ


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Unit 2 Bridge House
Omagh Road
Co Tyrone BT78 3AH


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Suite 4 A'Tek building
Edenaveys Industrial Estate
Newry Road
Armagh BT60 1EN