Complex Needs Saturday Respite Scheme

Complex Needs Saturday Respite Scheme

COVID-19 Service Update: The club will not run at Astley Day Centre until it reopens.

Existing clients are now being supported in their own homes by our team of PA’s.  One PA is allocated per family for continuity of support.  Virtual activities have been delivered through video clips emailed to clients and the resources for these sessions are being delivered to clients homes on a monthly basis.  We are now taking new referrals for this club.

Sensory cookery, karaoke, dancing for all, theatre workshops, art and the occasional day out are just some of the sessions enjoyed at the Saturday scheme based at Astley Centre in Bromley.

A high ratio of trained staff provide an enjoyable leisure programme as well as individual activities for adults with complex needs or for disabled members of families who don’t access any other respite service.

Who is this for?

Respite scheme for parents and carers of disabled adults. Access to the scheme is by referral from social services.

Who should I contact?

For more information please contact Matt Yule or Caroline Stone.


Saturday Club Videos

Mutual Carers Project for older carers

Mutual Carers Project for older carers

Our Mutual Carers Project provides a monthly workshop Lunch Club for carers aged 55+ offering a hearty lunch and a presentation by a guest speaker which is chosen by the group. We also run a peer support group for carers with a learning disability. Both groups provide the opportunity to meet and talk together in a relaxed environment and learn more about issues they may be facing like dementia, emergency planning, health matters, budgeting and being safe at home.

Our support worker also runs cookery sessions, teaching independent living skills and safety in the kitchen.

Find out more about our Mutual Carers Project

Who is this for?

Parents and carers over 60 still caring for a son/daughter with a disability.

Who should I contact?

For more information, please contact Pat O’Shea

Short Breaks

Short Breaks

COVID-19 Service Update
Recruitment continues and is being done virtually

Staff liaising with families and short breaks workers to ensure services can continue to be delivered wherever possible.  

New matches continues and is being done virtually. Families in crisis being assessed on an individual basis 

  • Some families requesting additional support from existing workers – this is being arranged wherever possible in conjunction with the Disabled Children’s Team (DCT)
  • Virtual Buddying sessions are in place ensuring we stay connected to young disabled people.

All childminders closed as per Government  guidelines – only open for vulnerable/ keyworkers and where families remain well

  • Regular monitoring and support of short breaks staff team to ensure they are well and have the PPE they require. All our PPE has been sourced independently.
  • Identifying families in crisis who may benefit from some support at this time, and liaising with DCT to arrange where possible.
  • Taking new referrals from DCT and also calls from families who have been referred to us by DCT for self-funded services. These families in crisis are being considered on an individual basis.




Being a carer can be physically and emotionally challenging, and it’s important you have the opportunity to take a break from your caring role.

There are lots of ways you can take what we call a ‘short break’ from caring. This could be for a few hours, overnight, a weekend or longer. The person you care for will be looked after in a supportive, safe environment and perhaps enjoy new activities while you take some time for yourself.

There are different kinds of short breaks available, depending on the needs of the young person and their family.

What are Short Breaks?

Short Breaks can provide opportunities for disabled children and young people to have enjoyable experiences away from their primary carers, contributing to their social inclusion and personal and social development. They also provide the parents and carers of disabled children and young people with a necessary and valuable break from their caring responsibilities.

Short Breaks can include day, evening, overnight, weekend or holiday activities. They can take place in the child or young person’s own home, in the home of an approved carer, a residential or community setting. Short breaks range from supporting disabled children to access a break within a universal setting, to providing specialist services at a local level.

Bromley Mencap’s Short Breaks Service

The Individual Support for Short Breaks Service has developed in partnership with parents and carers of disabled children, children and young people with disabilities. It began as a specialist childminding service for young children with mild to moderate disabilities, and has now expanded to include:

  • Childminding for children with mild to moderate disabilities
  • Childminding for children with severe to complex disabilities (including children that need one to one support)
  • Sitting service in the family home for children
  • Expanded sitting service for families with more than one child (but only one has a disability)
  • Buddying support by non-disabled young people to support young people (16+) with disabilities to access their local communities
  • Community support from workers to support children (8+) with disabilities to access their local communities and/or support to parents/carers in the family home to carry out day to day activities
  • Overnight stays in the childminder’s home
  • Overnight stays in the family home
  • Support to families with more than one disabled child
  • Short targeted breaks to enable a parent/carer to carry out a necessary task
  • Linking families and/or children and young people using services to combine the support provided

For more information about Bromley Mencap’s Short Breaks Service click here

How is it funded?

All these services can be accessed through social care, if you and your child qualify for Short breaks, or by self-funding.

Who should I contact?

For more information: 
Tel: 020 8466 0790 or