Community Wessex is working with ‘Dorset Short Breaks’ to offer the ‘Buddy Scheme’ allowing families in Dorset* to access a short break for a reduced cost of just £7 an hour. The scheme will take children, aged 8-18 years, out on short breaks, including sporting activities, going to the cinema plus much more, to provide family members with a break and to also give a child who needs support an opportunity to have a fun-filled support session with a choice of activities. Young people who have health needs, a mental health illness, physical or learning disabilities or sensory impairments can access the scheme. Families are encouraged to contact us on 01202 853 000 to book a support session. A break, however short, can be invaluable. * people who live in the Bournemouth & Poole council boundaries are not eligible for £7 offer but can still access the scheme at alternative rates.