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Could you provide a short break for Matthew*?

2nd March 2023

Matthew* is 15 years old. He enjoys walking, and has a keen interest in geography, history and politics, and regularly watches YouTube videos about these topics. Matthew has a diagnosis of autism and mental health needs. He lives with his family, who would benefit from regular short breaks from their caring role. Ideally, a short break for Matthew would be a minimum of four overnights per month. Applications from carers with any availability would be appreciated, and we would particularly welcome carers with availability to provide short breaks at weekends. 

Matthew can verbally communicate his needs, and would benefit from carers who are calm, patient and committed to meeting his needs in a predictable and structured environment. People who know Matthew well comment on how much he enjoys interacting with others and any social opportunities. Ideally, two carers would be best to support his supervision needs and maintain his safety when out and about. We would also encourage carers who can engage with him in activities he enjoys such as badminton, board games, swimming and the trampoline. 

Carers supporting Matthew may be provided with allowances and a potential fee, as well as dedicated support from a social worker from the Short Breaks Team, including training.   

We have a range of care roles to suit your availability and your other work/life commitments. Depending on your level of availability, allowances or fees will be paid. If you think you could provide a short break for Matthew or another child, please get in touch for more information.

Contact 0800 0720 137 or email

We welcome enquiries from anyone, regardless of their race, religion, language, culture, gender, disability or sexual orientation.  

*Name changed and stock image used to protect the child’s identity