Short breaks and services for children with disabilities

We offer a range of services to help you and your child inside and outside the home. We will look at whether or not your child is eligible for these services and which ones will best suit your child’s needs.

By providing a robust short breaks offer we aim to achieve the following:

  • Children and young people with a disability have opportunities to enhance their social networks and friendships
  • Children and young people with a disability have opportunities to enjoy themselves, have new experiences and fulfil their potential
  • Parents have opportunities to have a break from their caring role
  • Parents feel confident that the people providing the short breaks can meet their child’s needs
  • Parents are better able to manage the issues associated with caring for a child or young person with a disability.

What services are available?

The following services are provided by Wigan Council either directly or via a commissioned provider to deliver on our behalf.

We require that all staff be appropriately trained and have an up to date Disclosure and Barring Service check in place to ensure that young people in Wigan are supported safely and effectively by whichever service they choose to access.

Some short break providers may not be running all their services at this current time. Please contact the organisations for more information.

School holiday activities - Embrace Wigan and Leigh

Embrace Wigan and Leigh deliver a school holiday programme of activities for young people aged 14 to 19 years with a disability. Activities are developed in consultation with young people and their families.

The dates, times and venues of these activities may vary so please contact Wigan and Leigh Embrace directly on 01942 233323.

Please note, these activities are currently on hold. They are constantly under review, so please email for more information.

The A World UK CIC - Supporting the Autistic Community

The A World UK provides families with fully funded holidays to Blackpool Marten Mere and therapeutic horse riding / care activities. Recipients must have a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder and live in Wigan borough to access these services. The holiday accommodation does not currently have wheelchair access.

Crossroads Care

Crossroads have staff that can support children and young people in the home or in the community. If the child / young person wishes to access activities whilst in the community, the family are required to finance these.

Home Care

Home care services are for people who need help with personal care such as washing and dressing assistance.

Leisure for All

Leisure for All offers a team of trained and experienced staff to support children and young people with disabilities aged 3 to 19 years, to access a wide range of leisure activities across the borough. Activities include regular groups, one off activities and day trips. The service is delivered all year round, days, times and venues may vary. For more information:

  • Call Leisure for All on 01942 486062 or 486236.

Ladies Lane Residential Respite

Ladies Lane provide overnight stays for children and young people who have severe learning disabilities and some of whom may have complex needs. There are 5 beds available at Ladies Lane and most children and young people stay between 1 and 4 nights consecutively, to ensure fair access to services. Your child will need to meet a certain criteria to be eligible for a short break.

  • Find out whether your child is eligible by calling the children’s team on 01942 828300.

Direct Payments

Direct payments, also known as personal budgets, can be utilised by disabled children and their families to access a short break. This can include employing a personal assistant or accessing a service that isn’t currently a commissioned option such as home care or Crossroads. Direct payments allow a greater choice and control for young people and their families, and can provide a more flexible approach.

How to access short breaks and services

To access short breaks and services you will need to request a social care assessment by:

  • Calling the Children’s Duty team on 01942 828300.

The Children's Duty team will then assess your level of need and refer you to one of the following services:

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