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BCP Council Short Breaks for Children and Young People with SEND

COVID-19 Update

Due to the Coronavirus the Short Breaks programme will be closed until further notice.  If you need any assistance please telephone: 01202 714700 where you can leave a message and a member of the team will call you back in due course, or alternatively email: 

The BCP Council Short Breaks scheme is for families of children and young people, aged up to 18 years, with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities.

Short Breaks are supervised activities that allow children and young people to take time out from their home and family. This allows them to try out new things, have fun and make new friends, while giving the family a break from caring duties. 
Sessions are supported by experienced and friendly staff who ensure the children and young people are happy and safe, so that parents can take time out in confidence.  

You can 'take a break' outside of your child or young person’s normal school hours. This could be in the evening, a weekend or overnight. 
A range of breaks are available to suit children and young people with different needs, so there really is something for everyone. 
A review of the BCP  Council Short Breaks offer is currently being undertaken and we will keep you updated.

Why come to Short Breaks?

We have different activities to choose from such as arts and crafts, activity days (on the beach in the summer!), swimming, archery, gym & trampolining, watersports etc.

You can have a say about the sort of activities you would like to do in the future. 

Who to contact for further information

The Short Breaks team can be reached by phone on 01202 714700 or by email at 

Short Breaks term time activities

A range of term time activities are provided: 

SENsational Mondays (11-16's) at Creekmoor Youth Centre (6.30-8.30pm)

SENsational Seniors (16-19's) at Limelights Youth Centre (7.00 - 9.00pm)

Fortnightly Tuesday night soft play sessions at Lemur Landings (Tower Park) (6.15-8.15pm) This is a family session which you can access with your brothers and sisters. However you must be accompanied by an adult.  Contact us for further information about obtaining a membership card for this session. 

A monthly Fun Times Creche session for children under 5 to give parents a break (Thursdays 10.00 -11.55am)
A weekly Sunday family swim session at Montacute School Pool  (10.00 am until 12 noon). You must be accompanied by an adult.  See the leaflet for further information.  

Short Breaks holiday activities

A variety of fun activities are held during the school holidays, including  gym and trampolining sessions for 0-8’s and activities for children and young people aged 8-19.  These are held at different youth centres/venues depending upon the activity.

 See listings for details.

Funding for other organisations to provide activities

BCP Council Short Breaks also provides funding for other organisations to provide activities for  children and young people. 

Examples of this are:

Winchelsea's `Gimme a Break' (12-18 years) and `Gimme Some Fun' (5-11 years) holiday clubs and the `Gimme a Break' youth club on Fridays. Tel: 01202 746240

Diverse Abiliities' Coping with CHAOS providing regular accessible activities for special needs children and their families during school holidays and term time. Tel: 01202 718238

Diverse Abilities' Project My Time - short breaks for children and young people (8-18 years) with physical, learning and communication difficulties. Tel: 01202 718238

Fernheath Play - limited am/pm sessions in the holidays in addition to their usual daycare opportuntiies. Tel: 01202 518008