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Community Short Breaks - Link Work & Sitting In Services

The Link Work Scheme

Short Breaks Link Work provides community-based ‘short breaks’ for disabled children from ages 3-19 in the form of social education. Each child or young person has their own designated Link Worker to provide 1:1 (2:1 if required) support. Link Work offers consistent short breaks focused on achieving pre-agreed outcomes. The service offers access to a wide range of activities that provide opportunities for young people to become involved in, whilst learning essential life skills for example using public transport.

Sitting in Services

Sitting in services provide 1:1 (2:1 if required) support to young people in their own homes, giving their parents/carers the opportunity to spend time with friends and other family members or partake in recreational activities outside of the family home. These services can be accessible to children and young people aged between 0-19. Whilst supporting in the family home, ‘Sitters’ will be focusing on achieving pre-agreed outcomes, for example developing personal care skills, or supporting with learning.

When can I access these services?

We aim to provide a flexible service that can range from a regular 2 hour session per week, to more extensive packages of support dependent on assessed need. The support is generally provided after school, at weekends and during the school holidays. The support may be long term or short term.

Link Work will endeavour to be:

  • Fun and safe
  • Focused on achieving an agreed set of outcomes
  • Support to the family enabling them to spend quality time with partners and other family members
  • Educational, enabling independence and social learning

Who are our support staff?

Our supporters are called ‘Link Workers’ or ‘Sitters’ and are recruited according to their skills and experience of both child care and disability. They all hold Enhanced DBS checks and other pre-employment checks. Many of our workers are based in special schools and have very relevant experience but also undergo a comprehensive training program prior to them undertaking support.

How are services accessed?

Services are accessed via a referral from the Disabled Children’s Team or by Pathway One/Two referral that can be made directly by a family member or a professional to the Short Breaks Team.

Disabled Children’s Team:

Tel: 0115 8838266, E-mail – 

Short Breaks Team:

Tel: 0115 8838280 E-mail –

Who to contact

0115 8762745

Where to go

Short Breaks Team
2nd Floor, Loxley House
Station Street
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