Cheshire West Creat!ve Breaks

The Cheshire Centre for Independent Living (CCIL) are commissioned by Cheshire West and Chester local authority to deliver the Creat!ve Breaks service.

The purpose of the Creat!ve Breaks service is to increase the social opportunities available to disabled children and young people aged 0-19 years, living in the Cheshire West & Chester area. 

These flexible payments aim to empower children and young people to participate in short breaks of their choice within their local community without the need for further assessment.  The service can also provide a valuable opportunity for parents/carers and siblings to have a break from their caring responsibilities.

The outcomes are that children/young people may have greater opportunities to access universal activities, to meet new friends; to have the freedom to experience new activities and explore interests to a greater extent. 

The current funding allocation per child/young person is up to £250.00 per quarter, and funds are held in individual accounts which CCIL manage on the family’s behalf.

The service targets children and young people who receive either:

  • Higher rate DLA for care and/or mobility
  • Middle rate of DLA for care and/or mobility
  • Enhanced rate PIP for care and/or mobility
  • Standard rate PIP, with a minimum of 10 points over all the care sections,
  • Do not receive any funded support from Social Care.
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