At Break, we make life better for vulnerable young people. We believe every child and young person needs a home where they feel safe and loved, so they can grow in confidence and look to the future with hope. That's why we work tirelessly to help young people in care and moving on, children with disabilities, and families who need support finding a way through difficult times and opening the door to brighter tomorrows.

Address: Schofield House, Spar Road, Norwich
Postcode: NR6 6BX
Country: United Kingdom
Membership type:Charity 100+ (£1,000+VAT pa)

Founded in 1968, Break has been changing young lives across East Anglia for over 50 years. 

Break has seven mainstream children's homes in Norfolk and Cambridgeshire and a therapeutic fostering service offering single placements to traumatised young people.

At the age of 18, or in some cases 17, comes the time for young people to leave Break’s care. The young people continue to be supported by Break's in-house Moving on Team, which is exclusively funded by Break’s charitable income. Transition and Mentoring services, provide professional ongoing support for our young people when they leave our homes. The teams help with education, employment and housing is vital but so is emotional support and, above all, a place to go when things go wrong. This support will continue for as long as it is needed. 

In addition to the mainstream homes, Break has a children’s home for young people with profound learning and physical disabilities and two short-break schemes for children with disabilities.

Break also provides a range of residential assessments and support services to children at risk through a Residential Family Centre in Lowestoft and a range of community-based services, including assessment work, across East Anglia.

The charity was started by Geoffrey and Judith Davison and their friend Leslie Morley to provide holidays for children and young people with disabilities which would give their parents a break too. They chose Norfolk as a great place to have a holiday.

Jake Humphrey, sports presenter, has been one of Break’s patrons for several years. He is an invaluable asset to the charity, spending as much time as he can meeting our young people and families. He is passionate about Break and we are grateful for his amazing support.

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The Cambridge office of top 50 law firm Penningtons Manches has announced that it will work with local charity Break to part-fund, through the firm’s charitable foundation, an apprenticeship for a young person leaving care.

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Break is delighted to announce that MENTA has chosen Break as its charity partner for 2019.

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