About short breaks

Short breaks enable children and young people with disabilities or additional needs to join in with safe and fun activities. They give parents or carers an opportunity to have a short break from caring.

Printable short breaks leaflet

Who can take part

Short breaks are for children and young people who:

  • have a disability or additional needs
  • need support to take part in leisure activities
  • are between 0 and 19 years old
  • live in Hampshire or attend a school in Hampshire (excluding Portsmouth, Southampton and the Isle of Wight)

Short breaks can last from a few hours to a whole day. They provide a positive experience for all.

Short breaks could:

  • be a fun activity just for your child
  • support families to enjoy a short break activity together
  • help your child or young person to join a club or recreational activity in their community

More about short break activities


Some activities have a standard cost which you have to pay whether your child is disabled or not. You will have to pay this yourself.

The short breaks programme can pay for any extra support you might need.

More about short break funding

Finding out about short breaks
How to book

You can book activities directly with the provider.

You will need a free Gateway Card to take part in any activities funded by the short breaks programme.

Service statement

The service statement is for parents and carers of children and young people with disabilities and additional needs. It explains what services are available in Hampshire and how to access them.

The statement covers the whole range of short breaks, including daytime activities and overnight breaks.

Short breaks service statement