Short Breaks

Short Breaks

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What are Short Breaks?

Short Breaks are activities for children and young people with a disability.  They provide children and young people aged 5 to 17 years, with an enjoyable break away from their parent/carers, while giving their parent/carers a break from their caring responsibilities.


Children and young people can take part in new activities, make friends, learn new skills, become more independent and have fun.


Short Breaks give parents/carers time to do the things they can’t do while looking after their child, including looking after themselves. Short Breaks can and should be positive experiences for everyone involved.

What Short Breaks are offered at Shine?

Shine offers group-based activities on Saturdays and during school holidays throughout the year as
well as having a designated Youth Club which operates on Friday evenings during term time. All
groups are for children and young people with disabilities and complex health needs.



Each activity is run in The Alpha Centre which is a purpose built building on Alpha Road in Gorleston
NR31 0LG.

Youth Club

The Friday night club runs every week during term time and is for young people aged 8 to 17 years
old with a disability. The Youth Club aims to provide opportunities for young people to develop and
build social and life skills, whilst promoting group activities, social interaction, and independence.
Sessions run from 6pm to 8.30pm.

Saturday Playscheme

This play scheme is for children and young people with a disability or complex health needs, aged 5
to 17 years. It runs every Saturday during term time and is focused on the children and young people
having fun, whilst exploring and trying new experiences, building positive friendships and so much
more. Sessions run from 10am to 3pm.

Holiday Playscheme

The holiday playscheme is for children and young people with disability or complex health needs. It
is available to children and young people aged 5 to 17 years and runs every school holiday through
the year except Christmas. It focuses on offering children and young people the opportunity to try
new things, whilst having fun alongside their peers in a safe and secure environment.

The sessions run from 10am to 3pm.