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Short Breaks Team - BCP Council

23 April 2021 COVID update - We resumed face to face Short Breaks holiday activities at Easter. For further information about May half term, and any other queries about Short Breaks please contact Do request to join our BCP Council Short Breaks Facebook group as updated information is also given there. 

The weekly Sunday family swim sessions at Montacute Pool are resuming on 25th April. We plan to update shortly on the reopening of the Lemur Landings (Tower Park) fortnightly sessions.

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

Sessions are supported by a high ratio of experienced and friendly staff who 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, learn new skills, have fun, develop independence and make new friends.  

Short Breaks are particularly for those children who struggle to access mainstream activities without support. There are different activities to choose from such as arts and crafts, activity days (on the beach in the summer!), swimming, archery, gym, trampolining and watersports, so there is something for everyone! If you attend Short Breaks 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 activities held during the school holidays for children and young people aged 0 to 9 years. These are held at different youth centres and venues depending upon the activity.

Find out more about Short Breaks activities.  

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 such as Coping with Chaos and Gimme a Break, please contact Angela Bowran on 01202 123229.

Youth Centres and other venues depending on activity
01202 714700
07775 921076 (Angela Bowran) - During Holidays Only
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Area coverage
BCP Area
Times Available:
Please check individual activities and events for dates and times.
All Year Round
From 0 years  to 19 years .
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
Referral Criteria:
Via Social Services
Via GP or other health professional
Self Referral
Referral Procedure:
Via telephone and email for self referral
Languages Spoken:

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 Access to Leisure and Learning 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


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Do you have a First Aid Policy?
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Recognised As (Scheme):
Access to Leisure Provider
Short Breaks