The Government and local authorities have a duty to support carers with their demanding role. You can see the government’s fact sheets about the care act 2014 here: Care Act 2014: Factsheets.

The right kind of short break, also known as respite, can help:

  • Carers to carry on supporting and caring
  • Carers to maintain good health
  • People who need support to develop and maintain skills,
  • Relationships and connections in their community

Every autistic adult and every family is unique. Everyone has their own idea of what makes a good break. So, it is important that families and autistic people lead the decision about what kind of break to take. It should be their choice. A good break from day to day stresses and routines benefits everyone. Regular breaks are a priority for most people. Breaks are just as important for people who need support and their families. Good short breaks may help prevent families from reaching crisis point.

We provide regular short breaks throughout the year in this country and abroad. People who come on our short breaks come to our social groups first, so we can get to know them, and they get to know us. This helps us plan together some unique and exciting breaks we know everyone will enjoy and benefit from. Lots of families who access these breaks have told us that they like us to provide a yearly schedule of breaks so they can plan their own respite time well in advance, so our breaks for the following year come out in September.

Our breaks have maximum numbers set, tailored to meet individual needs and planned well in advance. We provide full support.

If you would like to find out more about us, how to make a referral and our costs view our FAQs.

I have just come back home from spending a week in Ilfracombe in North Devon with Autism Matters and as always it was a fabulous week with friends and the staff were amazing also.

Through the tough COVID-19 times we are in at the moment staff never failed to make it fun and helped us all make the most of our little staycation.