New funding for Short Breaks supports young people and carers  

Creative Sustainability is one of six local organisations awarded funding by Barnwood Trust through its latest themed funding programme, Short Breaks. 

The six projects will test some best-practice delivery principles and learn about what impact this could have on Short Breaks provision in Gloucestershire. Throughout the funding, projects will share their learning with each other, the Trust, and eventually the wider sector. 

The terms ‘Short Breaks’ and ‘respite care’ are often used differently by children’s and adult social care services. However, both are used to describe social care services providing specialist care and support to families of disabled children and adults so that: 

  • Unpaid carers receive breaks from their caring responsibilities to maintain their resilience, and their physical and emotional wellbeing. 
  • Disabled children, young people and adults have opportunities to socialise independently in an environment that is safe, secure and suitable for their needs. 

Creative Sustainability is building on its extensive work supporting disabled young people and their carers, including running our Creative Camping programme since 2010, online carers support sessions, and Camping@Home activities and support networks during the lockdowns.  

Anna Bonallack, CEO of Creative Sustainability, says “We’ll be providing a mix of nature based and online activities, with overnight camps and residentials, and day trips to great places. Our team is so pleased to be able to do more fun stuff with the disabled youth community, as we all genuinely love this part of our work.” 

Comments from a carer of one of our participants in Creative Breaks online:

“I just wanted to say thanks to you and anyone else in the team who should share in the glory for this brilliant new initiative.  I sit in the room next to K when she attends the session and can hear how it’s going.  She absolutely loves it and really looks forward to the next session.  The combination of a very flexible focus on the art set against a relaxed chat atmosphere is brilliant and really works for her.  You seem to handle the whole session really well, supporting and encouraging K along the way.”

Read more about our Short Breaks programme.

Read the Barnwood Trust Short Breaks information.

Five young people laughing on a wooden bench in a vegetable garden
Five young people smiling and enjoying time in some kayaks
Two participants outside in the garden preparing an apple press
Poster for our Creative Breaks online session, for 16-25year olds