Fun and Breaks (FAB) is part of West Sussex County Council's (WSCC) Choice Team, which is part of the Lifelong Disability Service. Fun and Breaks were rated "Outstanding" in August 2018 after their inspection by the Care Quality Commission.
Trained volunteers support disabled children and young people in accessing social activities. This gives them an opportunity to increase their confidence and independence, make friends and learn new skills whilst having fun.
A volunteer may take the child or young person out to an activity - to a club, swimming or the park - or they may stay with them in the child’s home, playing together, baking, reading, doing arts and crafts or simply relaxing.
Parents, carers and siblings can use a couple of hours each week to have a rest, catch up on day-to-day activities or spend time with each other. Volunteers can also support families who need an ‘extra pair of hands’ for activities or going out.
The Fun and Breaks service can be requested by the family through the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) on 01403 229900.
A social worker will talk with you about your child’s needs and your circumstances and advise you about support options.
From these discussions, an assessment by a social worker in the Choice Team may be agreed and a home visit arranged.
See also: how you could become a FAB volunteer.