• The programme, run by disability charity Sense, and in partnership with Birmingham City Council,  has been praised for the respite it provides to families, and vital developmental benefits for the participants
  • Local children and young people with complex needs will be provided with up to three trips away from home over the course of the year
  • The charity is appealing for skilled volunteers to support the programme


sense-hol-matthew-cockerill-and-sam-beresfordChildren and young people with disabilities in Birmingham are set to benefit from a series of vital short breaks in 2017, provided by national disability charity, Sense.

Launching in February 2017, the short breaks follow this year’s successful programme, and will see 30 children and young people experience up to three separate trips away from home over 12 months.

The series of short breaks have been developed in partnership with Birmingham City Council and are designed to offer disabled children in the area the chance to make new friends, increase their independence and try new activities, such as music workshops, outdoor trails and cookery classes. The trips away from home will also give families the opportunity to enjoy some respite from caring duties.

The breaks will take place in a variety of locations and will be timed to coincide with school holidays. The charity is calling for volunteers from the West Midlands to support its 2017 holidays and short breaks programme.

Eleanor Coker, Holiday Operations Manager at Sense, said:

“Following the success of this year’s activities, we’re delighted to be expanding the Sense short break programme in Birmingham. We’ve been organising breaks for people with complex disabilities for over 40 years and understand the benefits a trip away from home can have for the whole family. Programmes like this are vital as they allow parents time off caring, and enable the person they support to try new activities, gain new experiences, socialise and most importantly have fun.

“If you want to do something really rewarding in 2017, why not volunteer with Sense and help support children with disabilities to enjoy new experiences on a well-deserved break. The holidays take place in locations close to Birmingham, so we are making a special call-out for volunteers interested in supporting children and young people from their local communities. You could be kayaking, horse riding, camping or making sandcastles on the beach, whilst making a big difference to the children we support and their families.”

If you would like to volunteer on a Sense short break please visit www.sense.org.uk/content/volunteering-sense-holiday.

Alternatively, call 020 7520 0962 or email shortbreaks@sense.org.uk.