Information for families in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole

Coping with CHAOS - Diverse Abilities

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The Coping with CHAOS service is provided by the Diverse Abilities Children's Team (

The service is recognised as a major provider of short breaks for families with disabled children. The majority of permanent staff are either parents of children with disabilities or have experience of working with disabilities. 

The purpose of Coping with Chaos is to:

  • support the whole family
  • provide help and support, information and advice, friendships and short term respite care for families and carers who look after a disabled child/children and or young person/people
  • provide for children/young adults with complex, PMLD and challenging behaviour that cannot easily access other resources and play schemes

The service provides:

  • Play Opportunity sessions held every weekday of the school holidays for the whole family, including siblings
  • a youth club for young people with additional needs aged 13-18 years old
  • Family support service, regular coffee mornings during term time and workshop/information sessions for parents
  • parent support on Facebook
  • equipment/toy/book lending library
  • information and signposting

In order to access the service, we require families to register with us.

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Venue/Contact Details
The Families Centre
Bond Avenue
West Moors
BH22 0LL
Area coverage
Pan Dorset
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  • Wheelchair Accessible
Times and Costs
Opening times:
Office opening hours are Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm. Activity programmes for school holidays can be found on the website.
Further opening details:
  • Afternoon
  • Morning
  • Daily
  • All Year Round
See activity for charges.
Ages, Booking Details and Referral Information
From 0 years to 18 years
Booking Information:
You will need to complete a registration form in the first instance and a booking form for the activity.
Referral process:
  • Contact by telephone, e-mail or letter
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Coping with CHAOS provides opportunities for children and young adults with complex PMLD and challenging behaviour.