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BCP Council Short Breaks for children and young people with SEND

The BCP Council Short Breaks scheme provides activities for children and young people aged 0 to 19 years with special educational needs/disabilities, in a supportive and fun environment. 

All sessions are supported by a high ratio of experienced and friendly staff who will ensure children and young people are happy and safe, so that parents can take time out in confidence. Children and young people are able to try out new things, have fun and make new friends.  

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.  We have now extended our service to Bournemouth and Christchurch families.

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 096712 or by email at

Short Breaks term time activities

SENsational Juniors for ages 12 to 15. The group is not running at the present time but we are holding a waiting list. For more information and to join the waiting list please contact Beverley Clarke by email or telephone 01202 126226.

SENsational Seniors for ages 16 to 19 at Limelights Youth Centre (7.00 to 9.00pm)

Please contact for further information about these groups. 

Fortnightly Tuesday soft play sessions at Lemur Landings (Tower Park) (6.15 to 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 for further information about obtaining a membership card for this session. 

A weekly Sunday family swim session at Montacute School Pool  (10.00am to 12 noon). Children must be accompanied by an adult at this session.  

Short Breaks holiday activities

A variety of fun activities are usually held during the school holidays, including gym and trampolining sessions for 0 to 8’s and activities for children and young people aged 5 to 19.  These are held at different youth centres/venues depending upon the activity.

Please see the summer activities being provided by Short Breaks

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 School `Gimme a Break' (for ages 12 to 18) and `Gimme Some Fun' (for ages 5 to 11) holiday clubs and the `Gimme a Break' youth club on Fridays. Telephone 01202 746240 for details.

Diverse Abiliities' Coping with CHAOS, providing regular accessible activities for children with special educational needs and disabilities and their families during school holidays and term time. Telephone 01202 718238 or email for details.

Diverse Abilities' Project My Time offering short breaks for children and young people (aged 8 to 18) with physical, learning and communication difficulties. Telephone 01202 718238 or email for details.