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BCP Council Short Breaks for Children and Young People with SEND

Currently we are not offering short break holiday activities face to face due to COVID-19 restrictions.  We will, however, be offering further on-line activities over October half term.  Please request to join our BCP Council Short Breaks Facebook group as all on-line activities will be scheduled there.  For further information please contact shortbreaks@bcpcouncil.gov.uk.

The BCP Council Short Breaks scheme is for families of children and young people, aged up to 19 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. The Statement is also in the process of being updated into a single statement for BCP Council.

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 shortbreaks@bcpcouncil.gov.uk.

Short Breaks term time activities

A range of term time direct activities are normally provided however due to COVID-19 we are not currently offering these activities (apart from the family swim sessions) on a face to face basis.  

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)

Please contact beverley.clarke@bcpcouncil.gov.uk for further information. 

Fortnightly Tuesday night soft play sessions at Lemur Landings (Tower Park) (6.15-8.15pm) should be restarting towards the end of October. This is a family session which you can access with your brothers and sisters. However you must be accompanied by an adult.  Contact shortbreaks@bcpcouncil.gov.uk 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). Currently we are not able to offer the Fun Times Creche service, however if there is any change to this, we will update this item.

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

Due to COVID-19 restrictions we are not currently offering face to face short break holiday activities.  We will, however, be offering further on-line activities over October half term.  Please request to join our BCP Council Short Breaks Facebook group as all on-line activities will be scheduled there.  For further information please contact shortbreaks@bcpcouncil.gov.uk.

A variety of fun activities are normally held during the school holidays, including  gym and trampolining sessions for 0-8’s and activities for children and young people aged 5-19.  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.