Adult Short Breaks Consultations

3. What we are asking you

Over the past few months we have been asking for your views on Adult Short Breaks services. This has been by three separate consultations on:

  • Residential Short Breaks for Adults
  • Adult Short Breaks Policy
  • Adult Short Breaks Strategy

1. Residential Short Breaks Consultation

Our Residential Short Breaks Service is currently located at Seeley's House in Beaconsfield. It offers overnight breaks for up to eight vulnerable adults at any one time. The building in Beaconsfield has a limited life span, is not suitable for renovation and is too expensive to maintain. The building in Aylesbury is under-used and offers an affordable opportunity to improve the service

What is the proposed plan?

If agreed, the plan is to move the Residential Short Breaks service to the Aylesbury Opportunities Centre site and commission a new service in partnership with health.

We would like to hear your views on these proposed plans for our residential short breaks service. Which in summary are:  

  • To transfer residential short break services from the Beaconsfield site to Aylesbury
  • A partial new build on the Aylesbury Opportunities Centre site
  • An integrated service jointly commissioned with Buckinghamshire CCG to be based at Aylesbury Opportunities Centre.
  • The reduction in day service capacity at Aylesbury Opportunities Centre

What are you asking me?

During the consultation we will be asking:

  • What do you think about the proposed plans for residential short breaks?
  • What do you want us to consider?
  • Have you any suggestions?


This consultation closed on Wednesday 13 March 2019.

2. Short Breaks Policy Consultation

We want to know what you think about our plans to modernise short break services in Buckinghamshire. Your views have already helped us to draft an adult short breaks policy (framework). This will guide how we deliver short breaks for vulnerable adults and their carers in the future.

We need to understand if you agree or disagree with the key features in the policy. These are about how we will:

  • define what a short break service is
  • make access to short break services fair
  • decide who is eligible for short break services
  • make sure people get the right type of short break to meet their needs
  • fund some types of short breaks
  • make sure services meet existing and future need


3. Short Breaks Strategy Consultation

We are seeking your views on how we should approach short breaks for adults in the future, and we have set out our proposals in the draft strategy. At this point, we are not asking about specific ways of delivering short breaks services - that will be part of a second stage of engagement and consultation later this year.


UPDATE: A revised Adult Short Breaks Strategy and consultation report  were submitted to the Council's Cabinet and agreed on 22 October 2018. Full detail can be found here


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Last updated: 15 March 2019

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