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Sitting and Befriending – What do we do? 

Please note that we are still running the service and are able to support people in the community through the pandemic. Access to the community has changed however (such as cinemas/ leisure centres being closed) so our staff are being creative and flexible about how best to support those who still need us.

We offer a sitting and befriending service to Nottingham City and County for clients with a range of learning disabilities. We support both adults and children over the age of 5 years old.  Support is available either in the client’s home or out and about in the community. This could include, for example, trips to the cinema, walks in a park, swimming, trips to the shops etc.  Our aim is to offer the client the opportunity to access activities and social experiences to build their life skills, self-confidence and self-esteem.  We help to develop basic life skills in the home and community, including independent travel training and making healthy lifestyle choices.

This service also gives the parents, carers and their families some respite time and an additional source of support.

If you have a dependent turning 18 within the next couple of years we can offer you support through transition from child services to adult services and signpost you to the appropriate agencies.


When is our service available? 

Our service is available for just a few hours each week or month, to 12 hours a day, seven days a week.  Each support package can be tailor made to suit individual requirements and budgets.


How can I access this service? 

You can access this service by using your personal budget (direct payment or any other form), direct funding through your local authority or private funds.

Clients are responsible for any costs incurred during the session such as entry to the cinema, mileage in a car, meals out etc (for both client and support worker).

Contact the Short Breaks Service on 0115 9209524 or email  to enquire about our sitting and befriending service.

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