Short Breaks and Outings

Our Short Breaks and Outings service offers customers the opportunity to have fun and enjoy some ‘me time’ in a supportive environment. Whether it’s a mini break at one of our respite locations, or a social experience through one of our child or adult recreation programs, our customers will have the opportunity to meet new people, socialise, gain new skills, build confidence, and enjoy new experiences.

Spend time with friends

  1. Improved relationships

  2. Social engagement

  3. Decision making

What we can offer

***Some of our services may be delivered differently as we respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. To find out specific information about how these changes affect our services, visit our dedicated COVID-19 page.***

Centre based respite

Customers are offered the opportunity to enjoy some time away from home with our centre based respite services. With multiple locations across Sydney, we offer both children and adults the chance to meet new people and enjoy a break from everyday life while being supported by Northcott’s experienced staff. Respite also allows customers and their carers a chance to enjoy some time apart.

Social experiences
Our diverse range of social activities offer children and adults with disability the opportunity to develop their social connections, while broadening their life experiences through our recreation programs. These programs include Skills 4 Life, a skill-development program for teenagers aged 14-17 years, Saturday Teen Club and Adult Rec.

Social experiences offer customers the chance to connect with others of a similar age; attend fun and interactive activities, such as live concerts, gaming, zoo visits and community events; and develop team building skills in an engaging and supportive environment.

"The last time he went, there were boys there and they got to do boy stuff, so I think that was really healthy for him."

Northcott customer Max's mum Fran

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Centre based respite FAQs

What level of supports are provided?

Each location offers different levels of support. All enquires should be forwarded to the coordinator who will assess each individual’s support needs and suitability.

What types of activities are offered?

Each location is different, however there are often outings in the community, as well as in house activities.

Is respite available during the week or only on weekends?

Depending on the location, respite may be offered during the week. Contact the relevant coordinator to find out more.

Can customers attend respite with their friends?

Yes, if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Social experiences FAQs

How old do you have to be to participate in this service?

We offer recreation services for teens (12 to 17 years) and adults (18 years and over).

Is transport included to and from the activities?

Transport is not provided to and from the activities. Customers will make their own way to and from the group meeting point.

What activities do you offer?

We offer clubs and programs designed for a range of age groups and interests. Our social outings give our customers the opportunity to have fun and experience sporting events, concerts, festivals, movies, galleries and museums – just to name a few!

Funding Information


Mini breaks (overnight stays)

Social experiences

Skills 4 Life

Assistance with daily life


Assistance with social and community participation


Increased social and community participation




Contact us to find the nearest location for the service you are interested in and to book your spot.

Find out more

Call us on 1800 818 286.

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