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Children’s Flexible Short Breaks

Our flexible short breaks give children and young people affected by autism the opportunity to access some great activities.

These activities take place during most school holidays as well as occasional half terms, weekends and after school. The service is supported through funding from Nottinghamshire County Council and Nottingham City Council’s Flexible Support developments, and is supported by a thriving and active parent and children’s forum.

Activities include:

  • Cinema and pantomime
  • Residential weeks and weekends
  • Youth clubs
  • Family fun days
  • Overnight away breaks
  • Days out
  • Playground & park activities
  • Sports
  • Play schemes
  • Adventure weeks and weekends


Activities take place at community and leisure bases throughout the County and City, including:

  • Sutherland House School
  • The Arches Adventure Centre, Ladybay
  • Colwick Park and various leisure centres

Day trips and residential trips include:

Alton Towers
Cadbury World
Sea Life centres
The Ridge Playcentre, Top Valley.

How does it work?

Autism East Midlands has been running a summer play scheme with Rosehill School for over 10 years. Additional funding has meant we have been able to build on the success of this scheme and now offer new play and leisure opportunities across Nottinghamshire.

Staff involved in overseeing the activities are fully trained, DBS checked and fully experienced in working with children with autism. A significant number of volunteers are recruited to ensure that each child can be supported appropriately.

For more information or to apply, call Family Services on 01909 506678