Getting a break

woman taking coffee break

Getting a break from caring is hard to achieve when you are raising a child or young person with extra needs or disabilities. But it’s important to try and get some time to yourself –  for your own well-being and to help you keep on caring. 

A break could be something as simple as an hour or two to yourself while your young person attends a youth club, a supported leisure activity for the whole family or respite for your child or young person.

Our Support Group section is a good place to start – there are lots of parent groups across Cambridgeshire who would welcome you and can offer you a cuppa, company and information.  Lots offer daytime sessions, so if your child is at school, you may be able to visit.

Cambridgeshire County Council have now published their All Age Carers Strategy 2022-2026 which lays out how they will prioritise their support for Cambridgeshire unpaid carers over the next 3 years. You can view the full document, easy read version and one page summary using these links.

Short breaks for disabled children, young people and their families

Want to find something for your child or young person to do?

Take a look at these information booklets on the Cambridgeshire County Council website, listing information on activities, events and support groups for Fenland, Huntingdon and Cambridge areas.

Sign up for the county’s SCIP database and you can also get email updates on local events and activities and request information specific to your child.

Have you had a look at our Sport & Leisure section for ideas on things to do.  We’ve got pages of accessible cinema, sports and holiday activities.

Heard about the Family Carers’ Prescription?

Feeling overwhelmed by caring? Cambridgeshire’s Family Carers’ Prescription gives carers of any age, including young carers and parent carers, access to a specialist worker at Caring Together who will help you make a plan to support your needs.