The Breakaway Foundation (known as 'Breakaway') is a registered charity (No 1154610) that supports children and young people with bowel and/or bladder diversions and dysfunction.
Breakaway began in 2006 and since then has helped over 300 families, taking them out of isolation and helping both the children and their parents to realise that they are not alone, and that others are following the same difficult journey.
Breakaway is going from strength to strength, in 2007 we welcomed 30 people to the very first Breakaway weekend, and then almost 1,500 people have attended one of our weekends. We have a growing social media presence; our Facebook page has nearly 1,200 likes and regularly achieves a weekly total reach of nearly 3,000. Our children have ACE’s, Mitrofanoffs, ileostomies, colostomies, use rectal washouts or self catheterise and will be users of stoma and continence supplies for life.
We hold two residential family activity weekends a year. These events enable the children to do what they should be doing, having fun! Rock climbing, canoeing, high ropes, zip wire and bridge building are just a few of the activities on offer. The children and their families are given the opportunity to discuss their worries and concerns openly, and are given support from specialist nurses, in attendance, as well as each other.
In 2013 we held our first ‘Only Kids Allowed’ weekend, offering children aged 11 and above the opportunity to spend a weekend away from home without mum and dad, helping them to gain their independence and to learn to self care, often for the first time.
Our new family information days are taking Breakaway to all corners of the UK. Linking up families in local areas, helping those who are isolated, lonely and frightened to meet others, and to forge new friendships that will be there during times of need. We have also set up the first Breakaway family support group, based in London and the South East, with the group aiming to offer support to families throughout the year.