Respite care is a chance for you and the person you are caring for to take a break. Ask your local authority for a carers’ assessment. This determines what help you might be able receive from social services, including respite care.

You can also see below for services that offer respite opportunities…


Happy Days Children’s Charity 

This charity can provide holidays or day out for children from 3-17 with a diagnosed SEN.

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Action for Kids 

Offers programme of activities in both face-to-face and online sessions for young people aged 14-18 during the school holidays.

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Provides disadvantaged children across the UK with exciting memories to cherish.

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Families in Focus (Essex) 

Offer respite opportunities including parent/carers Indulgence Days and Sibling Support Group.

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Colchester Catalyst 

Colchester Catalyst has a list of respite care providers that they are in partnership with.

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Carers Choices

Respite for carers in Essex, one of their highly qualified care workers can visit you at home or your loved one can attend one of their excellent day centres.

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Seesaw Child Services 

Activities and respite care for children with learning disabilities.

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Peterborough, Cambridgeshire & Norfolk

Thera Trust 

Thera East Anglia supports adults with a learning disability in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, and Norfolk. One of the services they can offer are short breaks (respite).

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