Short Breaks

Our Short Break Centre is part of the Alan Shearer Centre and is set in over an acre of stunning, accessible grounds which include a sensory garden, woodland walk and specially adapted play area. The Centre provides specialist respite care for adults with physical and learning disabilities.

About our centre

Our breaks are expertly arranged to meet individual needs and preferences, offering complete peace of mind to parents and carers and assuring the comfort and enjoyment of our guests. We offer everything from an overnight stay or weekend break to longer holidays and our expert staff provide professional support for people with even the most complex needs.

Guests have their own, spacious, private rooms and are encouraged to bring their favourite small items and bedding to help create familiarity, which is often a key to feeling settled and content. A number of our guests' rooms have specialist beds, including Hannah Cot, and overhead tracking and hoists are available to offer greater freedom of movement for those who are less mobile.

Our specially adapted bathrooms and wet rooms include soothing, sensory baths, making bathing a pleasant and sometimes sought-after experience.

Each guest has their own personal Keyworker and strong bonds can develop with regular visits, creating an extended family feel.

Unique to the Short Break Centre is the full, free access our guests have to the on-site Alan Shearer Activity Centre. This remarkable, specialist centre offers an irresistible range of fun, stimulating and relaxing experiences including a luxurious hydrotherapy pool, a range of sensory rooms, creative music room and giant ball pool. Social events and outings are regularly available for our more outgoing guests.

Short Break Manager, Lauren Patterson


Arranging a visit

Our Short Break manager, Lauren Patterson, (pictured) has worked with children and adults with disabilities for more than 10 years. Lauren and her team of dedicated staff work closely with our guests and their families to ensure a safe and enjoyable stay.

If you would like to visit the centre to see our facilities, meet the staff and discuss your individual needs, Lauren will be happy to to arrange a tour.

To find out more, please call Lauren on 0191 267 8128 or email her at



Arranging a short break with us

If you have a personalised budget and receive direct payments, you can choose to use these to enjoy a short break at the Alan Shearer Short Break Centre.
Fees vary depending on the time of the visit and the assessed need of the guest. To find out more about how you can use your budget entitlement for a break with us, contact our manager, Lauren Patterson.

Next steps

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Contact us to find out more or to arrange a visit