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Short Breaks - BCP Council

Short Breaks offer children with a disability the chance to spend time having fun, learning new skills and developing independence. The planned activities give parents a break from the caring role and time to recharge their batteries.

Short Breaks are particularly for those children who struggle to access mainstream activities without support. 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 so there is something for everyone! If you attend Short Break activities you can also have a say about the sort of activities you would like to do in the future.

There are regular activity sessions such as soft play at Lemur Landings (Tower Park) and family swim sessions at Montacute School Pool as well as Holiday Activities held during the school holidays for 0-19 years. These are held at different youth centres/venues depending upon activity, click here for listings.  

If you are new to Short Breaks please contact the team to register prior to making any bookings. If you are interested in our commissioned services, please contact Angela Bowran on 01202 261908, e.g. Coping with Chaos, Fernheath Play, Gimme A Break etc.

 Address
Poole Youth Centres and other venues depending on activity
 Telephone
01202 714700
 Mobile
07775 921076 (Angela Bowran) - During Holidays Only
 E-mail
shortbreaks@bcpcouncil.co.uk
 Website
https://www.poole.gov.uk/
Contact Name
Short Breaks Lead
Directions
See Journey planner on the right hand side of this page, where you can view bus, car and train routes from your location.
Area coverage
Poole
Times Available:
Please check individual activities and events for dates and times.
Availability:
School Holiday Only
Age:
From 0 years  to 19 years .
Costs:
Please contact provider for Cost Information Concessions are available for children and young people with a disability.
Special Provisions:
Emotional needs
Visual impairment
Behaviour, Emotional & Social Difficulty
Multi-Sensory Impairment
Hearing Impairment
Speech, Language & Communication Needs
Special Provision Experience:
Learning Disabilities children/young people under CAMHS. Physical disabilities however not severe or complex needs. A cover may be required.
Cultural Provision:
Christian
Referral Criteria:
Via Social Services
Via GP or other health professional
Self Referral
Referral Procedure:
Via telephone and email for self referral
Languages Spoken:
German
English
French

SEN and Disabilities Service Description

We have staff with experience of working with children and young people with various disabilities. We may tailor activities for individuals where required. We also have resources to assist, e.g. picture cards, sensory resources..... Parents can remain on site when the child or young person first attends and when facilities exist. Tea and coffee can be provided. We also support Sensational Mondays and Wednesdays, the youth club for young people with SEN and disabilities.

SEN and Disabilities Eligibility

We support children and young people with most learning disabilities, autism and aspergers. Also children and young people under CAMHS and having issues with socialisation which prevents them from accessing mainstream activities. We can also support children and young people with moderate physical disabilities, depending on the venue. Those with more severe physical disabilities are welcome to attend with a carer.

SEN and Disabilities Access

Contact can be made through the member's email given or via a professional. To self-refer, a registration form must be completed and a risk assessment is completed either before an activity or when first attending. To use an ATL&L card, the number of the card must be given. A diagnosis may not be required depending on the disability/individual situation.

SEN and Disabilities Transition

N/A

Are your staff DBS Approved?
Yes
Do you have a First Aid Policy?
Yes
Do you have Public Liability Insurance?
Yes
Recognised As (Scheme):
Access to Leisure Provider
Short Breaks