Short Breaks Services for Children and Adults with a learning disability
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What we offer
We provide a variety of Short Breaks
services in Nottingham City, Gedling,
Broxtowe and Rushcliffe County Areas.
Everything we do is about valuing and
supporting people with a learning disability,
and their families and carers.
Our "Sitting" Service
The Short Breaks Sitting Service has evolved
from the
traditional view of 'baby' sitting.  It
is available for clients over the age of 5

years and enables parents and carers to
have some 'time out' whilst the
Client is fully
supported in their usual home based
activities and evening or bed time routine.
Our Befriending Service
Befriending is an extension of 'sitting' and it
Clients aged over 8 years to
access social and leisure activities in the
community, for example children may
require support to enable t
hem to go to
swimming or rock climbing events whilst
adults may enjoy time shopping or maybe a
visit to the local public house.

In addition to offering respite for parents
and carers this service enables people to
build on their life skills - building
self-confidence and self-esteem.  Clients
are responsible for paying expenses
incurred during the sessions such as
entrance fees into the cinema.
Supporting Change
This is a structured personal service that provides
transitional support for people over the age of 14
This includes independent living skills training.

This service provides opportunities for
Clients to achieve
goals within agreed time scales. It is person centred and
tailored to meet individual needs and by practising basic
life skills within their own home or in the community, rather
than in a classroom.  

Clients increase their confidence and self esteem whilst
learning skills that open up opportunities for further
education, employment or volunteering roles.
The cost and who pays?
Our service package costs £15.50 per hour.

As a non profit making organisation, we ensure that our
charges are competitive.

There are no additional employment charges such as
recruitment fees, holidays pay, registration fees, National
Insurance or charges for care assessments.  These are all
inclusive of our hourly rate.

You may not need to pay this fee as there are a variety of
funding support packages available.  Please contact our
the Short Breaks Office on 0115 920 443 for further
Our Staff
We employ only trained and experience staff.  We carry out
a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check and take up two
references before employment.

We employ our staff directly, which means we handle their
tax and National Insurance and provide them with holiday
pay.  This also means that we are directly responsible for
monitoring their work and performance.

We maintain a regular ongoing training programme for all
our staff allowing them to become competent in more
specialist areas.

We know how important it is for you to have a familiar face,
so we ensure that our staff are carefully matched with
clients.  An emergency on call system is also in operation.

The on call phone number in the event of an emergency is
078 666 88 339.
When available?
Sessions can be booked from 7am to midnight every day of
the week except bank holidays.  There is limited availability
around Christmas
What we are unable to do for you
We are sorry but we are unable to offer support with
medication, complete manual handling tasks or meet the
needs of people with complex health needs
Why choose Nottingham Mencap?
We provide a high quality service for people with
learning disabilities,
we cater for a wide range of care

We employ our own qualified
Registered Social Worker to
oversee the individual assessment of every
Client's needs
prior to the start of the service.  This assessment involves
Client's family and other relevant professionals to
ensure that they too are happy with every element of the
service we shall be providing for you.

Once the service has started, we maintain a regular
dialogue with both the
Client and their family, to ensure
continued satisfaction with our service.

We send out customer satisfaction questionnaires annually.

We go the extra mile with the
matching of our support
workers and cater to the spec
ific needs of a diverse Client

We liaise regularly with Local Authorities, PCT's
, NHS and
other statutory bodies to ensure that we continually
improve our quality assurance methods.

Our service is regulated by the Care Quality Commission.

Nottingham Mencap is independent of the Royal Society
Mencap.  We are a local voluntary and community
organisation, governed by a board of Trustees.

We are Company Limited by Guarantee and a registered
Charity, we
are here not to make a profit but to improve
people's care.

Established in 1950 with 60 years of experience of
supporting children and adults with learning disabilities,
their families and carers.
Contact Us
Contact us using the details below and we will happy to
support you to apply for our services or answer any of
your questions.
Tania Comery
Short Breaks Manager
Nottingham Mencap
Harpenden House
203 Edwards Lane

Telephone: 0115 920 4433
: 0115 920 9524

Registered Charity No. 1046081