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Short Breaks & Respite

Time Away

Having some time away is beneficial to everyone; which is why we offer full-time respite opportunities for adults with a physical disability, learning disability or autism, aimed at carving out a rich quality of life and varied experiences.

Our Promise

We vow to always provide innovative, personalised and high-quality care. Your choice, your support and your way.

Be part of a community

Not everybody has family and friends close-by, but with Shared Lives we ensure that everyone feels part of a community. We match our service user to a Shared Lives Companion with similar interests, allowing them to comfortably spend time with them on a daily basis or even offering full-time care in their home.

Our Offer

We offer a great opportunity for individuals to transition into adult services, which can be a daunting prospect for many, and we will go at a pace to accommodate everyone. 

Taster Sessions

We are also a great steppingstone and taster sessions for those who might be planning to move into supported accommodation but have never spent a night away from their family. 

Our Companions

The Companions are carefully recruited from the local community and go through a rigorous approval and training process. Checks include GP references and Disclosure and Barring Service check.

The Catalyst Choices Shared Lives scheme can offer:

  • Day Support:  a flexible arrangement either in the daytime or evening
  • Respite Short Breaks: overnight stays that can be from one night to as many as needed
  • Long Term Care: where the person moves in and lives as a member of the family

All Shared Lives Companions are fully supported and monitored by the Shared Lives staff team. 

Working with

Homely Atmosphere

We offer a homely atmosphere that accommodates up to eight guests, who can enjoy a range of specialised personal support and activities in a private or social setting.

We take referrals from either care managers or customers themselves.  


Everybody needs some time off sometimes. Short breaks are that dedicated time and space to rest, socialise and pursue new interests.

We work with clients and their families to identify activities that they’ll enjoy and find restful, whether it’s pamper weekends, short holidays or activity days. For many individuals, it’s a unique opportunity to take a break and try some new hobbies, all while forging new friendships. 

Get the respite that you choose, with as much support as you need, doing activities you love. 

Simon's Voice

Simon is a young man with a big heart, and he loves a Full English, or, as he calls it ‘Blackpool Breakfast’. Simon also has autism, sensory impairments and suffers from epilepsy. Due to his age, Simon is in a period of transition from Children’s to Adults’ Services – a move that involves a significant amount of support and supervision from the people who work with him. 

When Simon was first introduced to the Catalyst Short Breaks team, his previous experiences of respite care were not positive, and naturally his family were apprehensive about the same challenges cropping up again.  

For this reason, Simon’s family were closely involved in the discussions about his care, from discovering his likes and dislikes, to hearing about his ambitions or understanding his care needs.  

One of the first activities the team arranged was for Simon and dad Mark to go and enjoy their favourite ‘Blackpool Breakfast’ together. The trip was a success and Simon has since been building up his confidence on breaks that have ranged from tea time visits and evenings to full days and soon, his first independent overnight stay. With careful planning from the Catalyst team, it was made sure that other young people with similar interests to Simon were staying at the same time, so he could socialise and make friends. This journey has been more than a ‘Short Break’ for Simon; it has been a transformative journey to greater autonomy and self-confidence. 

**Simon’s story is evidence of the openness and growth mindset that Catalyst Choices’ staff exhibit when curating personalised care packages for clients with a range of needs. They were adaptable when it mattered, ensuring a smooth transition from Children’s to Adults’ Services, and open to Simon’s ideas about how he would like to spend his time on a Short Break. The result is evidence in Simon’s new-found confidence and stability.  

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Contact us

Whether you’d like to visit a site, make an enquiry or speak to one of our team, we’d love to hear from you. Call us Monday – Friday 09.00-17.00 on:

01925 202380

or drop us a line at:

About Woodleigh

Based in Callands-Warrington, our purpose-built home at Woodleigh provides the highest quality home-from-home experience for older adults, adults in rehabilitation and those who require specialist dementia care. We are a friendly and vibrant community, with several events running every week by our experienced and caring team, designed to keep us moving and entertained while getting the full-time care we need.

With 39 beds on offer, Woodleigh provides CQC-rated ‘good’ quality care for people who need support with daily living activities from staff who are highly trained. A sense of belonging and fun is fundamental to our mission and each household unit offers a warm, comfortable shared living experience.

The service and the homely environment are designed for people to maintain their independence, achieve their goals and to build on meaningful and long-term relationships with other residents.
We also offer intermediate care through our ‘mini stays’ service, which provides the opportunity for recovery and rehabilitation through a planned programme of care and treatment. The aim of the service is to support discharge from hospital and living in their own homes to maximise independence, promote wellbeing and to prevent unnecessary readmission into hospital. 

We are also proud to provide Short-Break services at our Woodleigh home. We offer full-time opportunities for adults with a physical disability, learning disability or autism, aimed at carving out a rich quality of life and varied experiences.

We will also support individuals to transition into adult services as we are with you every step of the way. We know it can be a little daunting, so this is why we can also offer taster sessions for those who might be planning to move into supported accommodation but have never spent a night away from their family.

To find out more about services at Woodleigh, call 01925 202380 or drop us a line at

About Lilycross

One of our most recent sites, Lilycross – Widnes, was opened at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, to serve as a ‘step-down’ facility for patients recovering from the virus. Now that the number of Covid-19 cases is decreasing, Lilycross remains open as a Nursing and Intermediate Care facility for adults recovering from time spent in hospital.

We ensure everybody staying with us at Lilycross can begin to regain independence, or recover as swiftly as possible, whilst maintaining good social connections and access to their local community. 

  • Expert care from highly-trained staff team 24 hours a day 
  • Fast and regular access to the GP and other medical professional support
  • Private, spacious rooms with en-suite facilities
  • Comfortable and welcoming social areas, with entertainment such as TV, games, quizzes and books. 
  • Regular programme of activities including afternoon tea, themed entertainment nights, arts and crafts

At Lilycross, our mission is to get you well and back home safely, as soon as possible – whilst we support you to recover in comfort and confidence.

To find out more about services at Lilycross, call 01925 202380 or drop us a line at

About Newborough & Supported Tenancies

Located right next to our Woodleigh home in Callands-Warrington, Newborough our Supported Tenancies go beyond living care; they allow our people to thrive. Adults with a range of learning disabilities can be supported 24-hours by highly trained staff who teach valuable life skills, develop mobility and encourage integration with their community.

Our Supported Tenancies residents are empowered to live their own lives, to be part of a community and to realise their ambitions.

Each resident with a learning disability receives group or one-to-one support from Catalyst’s specialist team members, to assist them with everyday activities such as shopping, socialising and participating in society safely and contentedly, whatever their level of need.

To find out more about services at Newborough and Supported Tenancies, call 01925 202380 or drop us a line at

About Linear Park

Linear Park – Catalyst Choices (also known as Housing with Care) is one of the newest homes welcomed to the Catalyst Choices family.

With grounds overlooking the Sankey Canal on the edge of Newton-Le-Willows provides residential care for older adults, adults in rehabilitation and those who require specialist dementia care.
Catalyst Choices are continuing to invest in further developing Linear Park, creating more beds and placement opportunities.

To find out more about services at Linear Park, call 01925 202380 or drop us a line at

About Mosslands

Based in Birchwood-Warrington, our Mosslands site offers Extra Care Housing provision that provides care and support to older adults in specially-designed accommodation, meaning they can remain independent while benefitting from daily check-ins, social events, and activity and leisure opportunities.

If you or a loved one want independence but with a little help here and there, we provide high-quality housing where you can feel right at home. We’ll check in on you for wellbeing, personal skills and practical help, but the rest we leave up to you!

Spend your retirement in the place you choose, doing things you enjoy, with support from a team that’s there for your needs.

To find out more about services at Mosslands, call 01925 202380 or drop us a line at

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