Short Break Providers & Direct Payments

If your child or young person have been awarded a Nottinghamshire County Council short break there are a number of choices available, this will depend on the hours allocated.

If your child or young person is awarded 74hours or under these can only be used as a direct payment for activities.

Short Break Providers

If your child has been awarded 96 short break hours and above they will have the option of either a group session or a befriender with one of our approved providers, the Childrens Commissioning Team will contact providers on your behalf.

The providers listed in this directory have been through Nottinghamshire County Councils tender process to be able to be listed on our Approved Provider Framework for disabled children and young people.

Direct Payment for Activities

This is a direct payment paid to you to enable you to fund activities in the community, for example: swimming lessons; football lessons; trips to the cinema; trips to a theme park.

You can find listings of services on the SEND Local Offer Things to do section:

Funds for this will be uploaded onto a pre-payment debit card. You can buy a service by using the card in person, over the Internet or using the telephone. You will only be able to make payments with the card as agreed in your Short Breaks Agreement and where there are sufficient funds on your card.

 


All direct payments are subject to an annual audit, proof of purchase for any expenditure must be retained by the direct payment recipient for 3 years and presented to the Council when requested. Direct payments are awarded annually and any unspent or misused funds will be recouped by the Council.

Direct Payment for Personal Assistants (PAs)

This is a direct payment paid to you to enable you to employ a Personal Assistant (PA).

A PA could be a family friend/Teaching Assistant/relative or neighbour, as long as they don’t live at the same address as the young person receiving the short break or have parental responsibility.

A DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check must be carried out by Nottinghamshire County Council on the potential PA before their employment can start.  A PA would be paid at the current national minimum wage.

A payroll company will support you in working out your payments to the PA and the HMRC, they also give advice on being an employer.

If you wish to find out information about the role of a Personal Assistant or are looking for a Personal Assistant to provide support for your child or young person you can find further information on the Notts Help Yourself website Personal Assistant Directory.

 


The Council will provide you, as the employer, with funds to purchase Employer’s Liability Insurance on an annual basis. If, once the package finishes, your PA is entitled to redundancy pay, you will be required to go down a HR route with the Employer’s Liability Insurance, as their employer. Your insurance company should investigate this accordingly and determine if a redundancy payment is due.

Payroll Providers for Direct Payments

If your child/young person has been issued a direct payment for a Personal Assistant you may wish to consider using a specialist company to manage your employee payroll.

There are several companies who offer specialist payroll support services and some of these are listed below:

Purple Direct Payment Support Service

  • Payroll
  • Start up

Contact details:

Tel: 01245 392300 

Email: info@purple-dpss.co.uk

For further information please click on this link Purple Direct Payment Support Service – Changing the disability conversation (purple-dpss.co.uk)

 


Solo Support Services

  • Payroll
  • Start up

Contact details: Tel: 0345 241 5565

Email: info@solosupportservices.co.uk

For further information please click on this link Solo Support Services - Contact

 


Penderels Trust

Contact details: Tel: 02476 511611

Email: enquiries@penderelstrust.org.uk

For further information please click on this link Penderels Trust - Opening the Door to Independent Living

 


People Plus Group

  • Payroll
  • Start up

Contact details: Tel 0800 345666

Email: customerexperience@peopleplus.co.uk

For further information please click on this link Health & Social Care Support | PeoplePlus


Rosekel Resourcing

  • Payroll
  • Start up

Contact details: Tel 0115 9648212 Email: info@rosekelresourcing.com

For further information please click on this link Home - Rosekel Resourcing

 


All direct payments are subject to an annual audit, proof of purchase for any expenditure must be retained by the direct payment recipient for 3 years and presented to the Council when requested. Direct payments are awarded annually and any unspent or misused funds will be recouped by the Council.

Direct Payment Pre-Paid Debit Cards

You can read a guide to direct payment pre-paid debit cards or by clicking on the icon below;

Direct Payment pre-paid debit cards

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


All direct payments are subject to an annual audit, proof of purchase for any expenditure must be retained by the direct payment recipient for 3 years and presented to the Council when requested. Direct payments are awarded annually and any unspent or misused funds will be recouped by the Council.

Universal Activities and Events

The following website links will take you to other sources of information regarding events and activities for all children that are taking place across Nottinghamshire including school holiday periods:

Short Break Newsletters

Short Breaks Service Newsletter

Keeping you updated on short service developments

activities and events around Nottinghamshire

Image shows a child on a climbing net

 

Nottinghamshire County Council are continually working to develop short breaks services that meet the needs of local families and our newsletter aims to share information, including the latest developments on new short break services, activities and events around the County.

Click here for the latest Newsletter Spring 2023 Short Breaks newsletter

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