About Nova Short Breaks

Penumbra runs bespoke group and one-to-one breaks for people who are going through mental health challenges. Nova Short Breaks ensure that people can come away on holiday with the reassurance that trained staff are on hand to help them, if they need support.

Having a short break is an essential part of wellbeing for everyone. It is a time to enjoy new experiences, meet new people and is a wonderful way to enrich your future.

For more information on breaks in 2016 click here.


Take the opportunity to:
  • Enjoy a new experience
  • Rest and relax
  • Feel better
  • Feel more confident
We will:
  • Help you choose a break which best suits you
  • Help you to plan creatively within your budget
  • Take care of booking arrangements (accommodation, travel and activities)
  • Provide enthusiastic and experienced staff and volunteers

Who can have a short break

Nova Short Breaks is for any adult who has mental health problems, or their carers. We are a national service and accept referrals from anywhere in the UK. We accept self referrals, referrals from carers and from care managers and other professionals.


How to pay for a break

You can pay for this service using personal funds, or if you are eligible for care and support funding from your Local Authority, perhaps through self directed support, you may be able to use this. You should discuss this with your Care Manager.


What people have to say


“…all support turned up when expected – and were helpful to us, as well as respectful…”
“…easy, Nova took care of my budget…”
“…It was more personal so I really felt that I was able to get something out of the support, compared to Cairdeas, I much prefer having dedicating staff time but still in an informal, normal way…”
“…thank you so much for your efforts to help to get these much needed respites organised, and for your all over friendliness…”

For further information on the forthcoming NOVA Short Breaks service please contact:

Mandy McLernon:

E | Mandy.McLernon@penumbra.org.uk

T | 07799 191 114