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Our short break service is open to anyone over the age of 18 with a diagnosis of autism, including Asperger syndrome.

We offer an affordable weekend short break service at our comfortable residential house in Gravesend, Kent. Our own experience and wider research show that specialist and structured support can really make a difference to the life of a person with autism, and that access to high quality short-stay respite can be highly pleasurable as well as helping to maintain family stability.

A particular feature of our short break service in Kent is the one-to-one experience enjoyed by guests. As we only book in one person at a time, guests receive exclusive use of the house during their stay as well as the full support of our trained and motivated staff.

The service is available for one or two night stays on Friday and Saturday evenings.

Environment and facilities

Our short break service is in Gravesend, Kent. The house has its own private entrance, with a well appointed lounge and kitchen area, bathroom and overnight bedrooms on the ground floor. There is a large garden for sports, games or simply relaxing.

Our location, within walking distance of Gravesend Town Centre, is ideal for the town’s attractions and facilities including swimming, cinema, sea front walks and local shopping. There is always plenty to do and the service has access to minibuses to enable trips to be taken further a field.

Referrals

The short break weekend service is available to any adult with autism using our outreach or day services. For anyone not currently registered with NAS services in the south east, please contact our referral line and we will conduct an assessment for the service.

Our team

Our staff are well trained, qualified and enthusiastic. Communication can be difficult for people with
autism, so we use various approaches, including speech, sign language (including Makaton®) and
visual strategies within the NAS SPELL framework, to make sure each person’s views are heard and understood.

Person-centred approach

Our team assesses everyone before they begin their short break to make sure that we are fully aware of their needs and preferences and that their experience of the service is positive. We work closely with them and their family or carers to develop a personal plan for the duration of their stay. We can arrange a visit to give the individual the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the surroundings, staff and others before their first short break stay.

How to access our support

Our respite and short breaks can be funded by your local authority, either directly or through personal budgets allocated to you. Alternatively you can pay privately.