About Short Breaks

Short Breaks – which used to be called SNIPS – is a unique, person-centred service for children with a learning disability in Sheffield. We know that family life can be demanding, and Short Breaks provides respite for parents, carers and siblings who have the comfort of knowing that their child is doing activities they enjoy in a safe and secure environment.

Short Breaks at Sheffield Mencap and Gateway are multi-activity clubs offering sports, cooking, arts and crafts, music, games and full access to our sensory room. Children have freedom to choose from a range of activities, supported by staff that understand their needs and preferences. Short Breaks encourages the development of confidence, communication and social skills as well as having fun.

All clubs are well-staffed with fully trained and experienced team members. We can provide 1-2-1 support including managing personal care and medical needs.

For more information about Short Breaks, please contact us.

Short Breaks Details

  • Age: 8-17
  • Suitable for: We provide 1-1 support and support all care needs.
  • Delivery dates: Saturday afternoons in term-time only and allocated days during the school holidays, usually Monday and Tuesday.
  • Time: 12:30pm – 3:30pm on Saturdays and 10am-3pm during school holidays.
  • Location: Saturdays: Norfolk Lodge, Park Grange Road, Sheffield S2 3QF.
  • Cost: The cost to attend Short Breaks is usually covered by a care package from Sheffield City Council.

Short Breaks cannot be accessed directly through Sheffield Mencap & Gateway as placements can only be allocated with a referral from Sheffield City Council. For more information, please contact the Short Breaks Mentor at the Council on 0114 273 4017.

Please see https://www.sheffield.gov.uk/home/social-care/short-breaks for further information.

Short Breaks activities to try at home