Flexible Respite Solutions For Children and Young Adults

We provide supports for children and young adults in both a direct and group setting.

Our programs include Youth Sport during term time, and Vacation Care (for primary students) and Youth Program (for High School students) in the holidays.

Youth Sports

Youth Sports runs on a Wednesday afternoon after school.

This is an ideal opportunity to mix with peers and develop new and existing schools. To be replaced with Skills

Transport from school to the activity can be arranged, as well as transport home if needed. A healthy afternoon tea is provided.

This program is $50.00 per term.

Vacation Care and Youth Program

Designed to deliver a range of fun activities tailored to ages and needs.

Each program runs for one week of the holidays during the year, and extended sessions during January.

These programs include peer interaction and community involvement.

These activities are at an additional cost to our participant’s families/carers.

Direct Supports

We can also provide direct supports to children and young adults in the home.

This may include before and after school assistance, or care and assistance in the home for younger participants.

Group Programs

We offer a service of group programs for children from the ages of 5-12 years and youths between 12-17 years with a disability. These offer children and young people opportunities to participate in structured activities with a group of others of similar ages and needs whilst providing respite to their carers.

The activities offered are provided in a safe, familiar environment and includes recreational and leisure activities in both centre based and community settings. These programs provide respite to carers and families, whilst providing a range of activities that encourage participation and desensitisation. The programs expand leisure experiences and choices and provide an option of interesting, regular recreation and social activities. They access existing leisure and recreational activities in the community.

The benefits are:
• New friends
• New experiences for everyone
• A support network for the family
• Better community understanding of disability
• Respite for their carers.
People using the program pay for activities and other expenses.

Our children’s programs include
• after school dance, boxing and sports groups
• school holiday activities
• children over 10 years old, may be able to access youth programs
These programs are available to children 5 – 12 years

Our youth programs include:
• after school dance, boxing and sports groups
• school holiday activities and camps
• special events (concerts, NRL/AFL football etc.)
• weekend camps with Sport & Recreation
These programs are available for young people 12 – 17 years


Emergency Care

Kempsey Respite Services is not an after hours emergency care service. In cases of emergency, contact the Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre (CRCC) and inform them of your emergency care requirements. CRCC may give approval to organise emergency care with your KRS volunteer/support worker if they are available. If not, CRCC will discuss the options available to you.

Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre
Phone: 1800 052 222
Accessible: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week