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Short Breaks For Adults With Learning Disabilities

Short breaks is the new name for what is usually known as respite and play provision. It relates to all types of services put in place to give disabled children and adults a chance to take part in activities and have time away from home. This can take the form of the following:

  • home based support
  • after school play provision
  • holiday provision
  • overnight respite

To access these services your young person/adult will have to be assessed for their level of need, which will help to establish what types of services and level of support will be suitable. This will be included in your young person/adult’s Care Plan.

Specialist Short Breaks Services

Full of Life’s Services for Young People with Complex Needs (14-25, RBKC)

Full of Life runs a centre for young adults with complex needs, operating 6 days a week with a focus on communication and personal development, new experiences and learning new skills.

We provide a Day Service, Afterschool Club, Saturday Club, Holiday Provision and Half Term Provision. One to one support offers an array of individualised opportunities both in our centre and in our local community. Young people are encouraged to make choices and develop skills through a range of activities and shared experiences.

Through the use of individualised communication aids and person centred planning, young people are able to shape their own futures. These communication aids include iPads, P.E.C.S and objects of reference.


Full of Life
Kensal House Annex
379 Ladbroke Grove
W10 5BQ

Jenna Fashola, Centre Manager: 0208 969 9993 / jenna@fulloflifekc.com

The Gate at Yarrow Housing (18+ RBKC, LBHF, WCC)

The Gate offers a variety of individually tailored programmes, such as art, music, drama and poetry on a one-to-one basis or in groups for adults with learning disabilities. A Digital Inclusion group also offers workshops and drop-in sessions to help adults with learning disabilities access the computer, the internet, mobile phones and any other related technology.

Yarrow Housing
54 Richford Gate
W6 7HZ

Adam Koronka: 020 8749 3150

Learning Disability Community Team (18+ RBKC)

The Learning Disability Community Team (previously known as Scope) offers a day service for people with learning disabilities. Activities take place in the local community and are based on the individual’s own choices. The main aim is to widen opportunities and undertake a range of activities to enable service users to make choices and become as independent as possible.

1-9 St Mark’s Road
W11 1RG
020 7727 4765

Equal People (18 – 65, RBKC)

Equal People offers an Activities Service which runs a variety of supported activities throughout the week both at the Resource Centre and out in the community. Please refer to their website for access criteria: www.equalpeoplekc.org.uk

73 St Charles Square
W10 6EJ
0208 964 2883

Mainstream Short Breaks Services

Westway Sports Centre (All Ages, RBKC, LBHF, WCC)

The Westway Sports Centre has three core sports; Climbing, Tennis and Football. Westway also offers 4 courts for Fives (also known as Eton Fives), a 20 station Fitness Facility, Cricket, Netball, Basketball and Swimming. Westway is accessible for all.

1 Crowthorne Road,
W10 6RP,
020 8969 0992

Earls Court Youth Club (9-19, 25 for people with learning disabilities. RBKC)

Young adults can enjoy a range of activities such as t-shirt design and printing, a music and video recording studio, arts and crafts, football training and football league. The club also offers accredited personal and social development programmes including AQA, D of E and Youth Achievement Award.

120 Ifield Road
SW10 9AF
020 7373 7970 / info@earlscourtyouthclub.co.uk

Lancaster Youth Centre (13-19, 25 for people with learning disabilities, RBKC)

Lancaster Youth Centre is a fully integrated club, offering a range of creative and educational activities, catering for young people between the ages of 13-19 years and up to 25 years for people with learning disabilities.

128a Lancaster Road
W11 1QS

020 7221 2197 / mick.mckenna@rbkc.gov.uk

EPIC CIC Youth Service (8-19/25 RBKC)

Epic CIC delivers a comprehensive range of youth support services to children and young people up to the age of 19 and 25 for young people with a lifelong learning difficulty and/or disability. Their services are provided under four main categories: Epic Youth, Epic Ambition, Epic Sport and Epic Health.


Isaac Newton Professional Development Centre
North Kensington
W11 1QS


Overnight Shortbreaks

Alison House (for day / overnight short breaks) (18+ RBKC, WCC)

The short breaks service at Alison House is designed for people with a learning disabilities who have high support needs; they also support people who have physical disabilities and people who are 80+. During a short break stay individuals can be supported to continue with planned day services and access community resources.

16a Croxley Road
W9 3HL
020 8960 0990

Kingsbridge Road Short Breaks Service (18+ RBKC, WCC)

The staff are trained in supporting people who may have more complex needs, including those who have challenging behaviour, autism and mental health needs. This short breaks service is for day and overnight stays.

20 Kingsbridge Road
W10 6PU

Patricia Ferguson, Operations Manager: 020 8962 7858