Sense Short Breaks

Sense Short Breaks are get-aways and days out for disabled adults and children. 

From group activities to action-packed weekend breaks, there’s always lots on offer. You might spend a day at a theme park, enjoy a sensory play session or go dolphin-watching on the coast: you can choose your own adventure!

Sense Short Breaks are all about creating brilliant memories for people with complex disabilities, as well as respite for carers.

What are Sense Short Breaks?

Our Short Breaks offer outings and trips for people with complex disabilities. 

Everyone on a Sense Short Break is supported by both experienced staff and friendly, empathetic volunteers. 

They’re specially designed to suit the people we support. Your break might be a day out ice skating, or it could be playing games with a drama group in your local area. We put you and your wishes first. 

Who can go on Sense Short Breaks?

We offer places to people who are deafblind or have complex disabilities. That could mean that you have two or more of the following:

  • Sensory impairment
  • Learning disability
  • Physical disability
  • Autism

This isn’t an exhaustive list. If you’re not sure if they’re right for you, speak to our friendly team

What is respite care?

Respite care is when you get to take a break from caring for someone else. Sense Short Breaks are a kind of respite care for parents and carers of people with complex disabilities. Our expert team will support your loved one while they’re on a Short Break with us – so both of you can relax and have fun!

Types of break

  • Days out: visit landmarks and attractions around the UK.
  • Activity groups: try your hand at exciting new hobbies, like music or theatre, during the school holidays!
  • Short residential trips: if you want to get away, but not for a week-long Sense Holiday, you can apply for one of our shorter residential trips. 
A young man is being held by an instructor before he does a zip line - they're both wearing safety gear

Mark’s adventure

Mark enjoyed a jam-packed 5 day Sense Short Break down on Conygre Farm. During one day trip to an outdoor activity centre, Mark chose to take on an extra special challenge: conquering his fear of his heights.

Together with an experienced climbing partner and the support of his new friends, Mark tackled the centre’s indoor climbing wall. By the end of the day, he was climbing the wall on his own, to the sound of massive cheers from everyone!

Where are trips available?

Our residential trips are available all over the UK. Find a Short Break near you by contacting our friendly team.

Sense’s activity groups are funded by local authorities, so they’re available in specific parts of England. To find out more, get in touch with our team.

Want to go on a Sense Short Break?

Speak to our team to find out more about Holidays, Short Breaks and activity groups.

Get out and about with a Sense Buddy

Our Sense Buddy service in London and Manchester matches you with a like-minded volunteer. With them, you can plan your own days out and adventures!