Short breaks for disabled children

Short breaks give children with disabilities experiences that help their personal and social development. They also give parents, carers and families a break from caring.

Changes to short breaks services due to coronavirus

Specialist support packages

Lambeth short breaks providers are currently offering a core short breaks service remotely. This mainly involves sharing online resources and digital communications with families.

If you are a parent or carer of a child who receives a support package from the Lambeth Children with Disabilities team, for specific advice, we would recommend that you contact your provider, your social worker or the Children with Disabilities Duty Social Worker on 0207 926 6916.

Targeted short breaks service

Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are unable to accept new referrals for targeted short breaks at this time.

If you have questions, you can contact the Lambeth Short Breaks Coordinator via email on lambethshortbreaksservice@lambeth.gov.uk

Read the latest information about services for children and young people.

Worried about a child?

If you are worried about a child, families can self-refer to Lambeth Children’s Services for support via 020 7926 5555.

You can also read further information for both families and professionals about contacting us if you are worried about a child.

Downloads

pdf Lambeth Short Breaks Statement 162.32KB

Short break providers

We have commissioned five providers to offer targeted short break services for children and young people with disabilities.

The providers also offer universal services that can be accessed by parents and carers that aren't funded by us.

Demonstrate! Project

Demonstrate! offers young people with disabilities and complex needs access to a wide programme of quality creative and participatory activities, including:

  • dance
  • drama
  • music
  • art
  • printing
  • sculpture
  • mask making
  • puppetry.

The multi-art activities are run by a team of dedicated and professional artists with great experience in working with young people with disabilities.

There are also dance-led arts participation activities for children with autism complex physical needs. Each programme will consist of 10 sessions and end with a performance (known as Sharing).

Demonstrate! Project:

Age - 8-14 years old.

Times - 11.00am-1.30pm.

Transport included? - Yes.

Referrals can be made through Oval House to Lambeth, or directly at lambethshortbreaksservice@lambeth.gov.uk.

Contact details

Contact: Elena Molinaro
Phone: 07854 133 334
Email: demonstrate@ovalhouse.com

Lifelong Family Links (LFL)

LFL will focus on improving the personal resources and functioning of children and young people with physical and learning disabilities, in particular, those with an autistic spectrum disorder.

Holiday playscheme

Activities include:

  • go-karting
  • dance and drama workshops
  • art workshops
  • cinema trips
  • music workshops
  • trips to parks and adventure playgrounds
  • horse riding
  • farm visits
  • football
  • storytelling workshops
  • cooking
  • seaside outings.

The holiday playscheme programme is for 5-19-year-olds, Monday-Thursday. Transport is included and will pick young people up from 8.00am and drop them home from 3.30pm onwards.

After-school clubs

Independent skills club activities include after-school independence sessions where the young person will have the opportunity to take part in activities such as healthy lifestyle and independence skills sessions, arts and crafts and much more.

Independent skills club:

Age - 5-19 years old.

Times - Fortnightly on Mondays, 4.00pm-7.00pm.

Transport included? - No - drop off and pick up only.

Youth Club activities include social activities such as:

  • bowling
  • meal preparation
  • squids club
  • cinema
  • swimming
  • exercise sessions
  • music-appreciation disco
  • reading.

Youth Club:

Age - 14-19 years old.

Times - Fortnightly on Fridays, 6.00pm-9.00pm.

Transport included? - Yes.

The mentoring service offer sessions to support a young person with challenging difficulties.

Mentoring service:

Age - 14-19 years old.

Times - three hours per session time on arrangement.

Transport included? - Yes.

Referrals can be made through Lifelong Family Link to Lambeth, or directly at lambethshortbreaksservice@lambeth.gov.uk.

Contact details:

Contact: Marva Trenton
Phone: 020 8671 8939
Email: marvat@lifelongfamilylinks.org.uk or admin1@lifelongfamilylinks.org.uk

Address: Laburnum Court,
1 Barstow Crescent,
Palace Road,
SW2 3NS

Website: TfL

Whippersnappers

Whippersnappers specialist holiday scheme

Supporting children and young people with:

  • complex needs
  • autistic spectrum disorders with an additional impairment and/or complex health needs.

Specialist holiday schemes

Activities on offer include:

  • drumming circle
  • arts and crafts
  • bouncy castle and soft play area
  • messy play
  • sand and clay play
  • dressing up
  • theatrical storytelling
  • massage
  • music and singing
  • playground
  • cooking
  • trips out
  • talent shows
  • dancing
  • face painting
  • balloon modelling
  • outdoor sports.

Age - Individuals aged 5-11 years old and 12-19 years old.

When - Easter holidays (one week) and summer holidays (three weeks).

Times - Monday-Friday, 10.00am-3.00pm.

Transport included? - Yes.

Referrals can be made through Whippersnappers to Lambeth, or directly at lambethshortbreaksservice@lambeth.gov.uk.

Contact details

Contact: Caroline Burghard
Phone: 020 7738 6633
Email: cburghard@whippersnappers.org

Address: Whippersnappers, Brockwell Lido, Dulwich Road, London SE24 0PA (also The Livity School and College Lodge in Dulwich Park)

Website: Whippersnappers

Wheels For Wellbeing

Wheels for Wellbeing enhances disabled people’s lives by ensuring that anyone can access the physical, emotional, practical and social benefits of cycling.

Kids on Wheels

These sessions have been developed to bring the benefits of cycling to young people whose access to the outdoors and freedom of movement is often constrained by fragile health, behaviour issues or practical support needs.

Age - 3-19 years old.

When - Summer holidays.

Times - Provider is to advise.

Transport included? - No.

After-school activities

After-school activities will be delivered at three schools in the borough.

Age - 3-19 years old.

When - Provider is to advise.

Times - Provider is to advise.

Transport included? - No.

Individual Hire

Each referred child and their families, carer, school or playgroup will be able to hire a bike which fits them (following an assessment).

If their family or support network want to go on a cycle together, Wheels for Wellbeing will take the bikes to them and collect them at the end of the day or weekend.

Age - 3-19 years old.

When - By arrangement with provider.

Times - By arrangement with provider.

Transport included? - No.

Access to the above activities is by self-referral. Please contact the provider directly using the details below.

All children and young people accessing sporting sessions must be accompanied by a carer, teacher, play-worker, parent or guardian.

Contact details

Contact: Aleksandra Wegrzyn
Phone: 020 7346 8482
Email: aleksandra@wheelsforwellbeing.org.uk

Address: 336 Brixton Road,
London,
SW9 7AA

Website: Wheels for wellbeing

Moving Matters

The project aims to provide young people with disabilities and special needs with opportunities to take part in sport and physical activity, in both a school and community setting.

This service now caters for children and young people of all ages and all disabilities.

Multi-sport community club weekend activities

Brixton multi-sports provides one head coach and three assistant coaches to enable children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities to participate in a variety of sports, such as running, basketball and yoga.

Age - 3-19 years old.

When - Saturdays during term time.

Times - Multi-sport from 2.00pm-4.00pm and football from 5.00pm-7.00pm.

Transport included? - No.

Spaces available - N/A.

School sports club after-school activities

The club offers coaching in a range of different sports and activities, including:

  • boccia
  • table cricket
  • polybat
  • new age curling
  • athletics
  • football
  • tag rugby
  • rebound therapy
  • cycling.

Also included would be a period of time dedicated to developing movement and foundation skills.

Age - 3-19 years old.

When - Provider is to advise. Term time only.

Times - One hour at lunch time and after-school sessions

Transport included? - No.

Spaces available - N/A.

All children and young people accessing sporting sessions must be accompanied by a carer, teacher, play-worker, parent or guardian.

Access to the above activities is by self-referral. Please contact the provider directly using the details below.

Contact details

Contact: Rob Wilkinson, Director Phone: 07904 956 437
Email: directormovingmatters@gmail.com

Address: c/o Paxton Primary School,
Woodland Road,
London,
SE19 1PA

Website: Moving matters