Andover and District Mencap Short Breaks Activities 2021-23
Giving families and children a short break is important to us as an organisation. It is vital that children and young people with learning disabilities have time away from their families to engage in stimulating and exciting activities.
Andover and District Mencap offer a Short Breaks Service for children and young people with learning disabilities living within Hampshire. We offer a Saturday Playscheme for up to 8 children and young people aged 5-17 years and a Youth Group for up to 8 young people aged 12-17 years. Each child will require a valid Gateway card from HCC in order to access our services. If you are new to the service we will ask for you to complete our Pen Picture document to assess individual needs and ask for a copy of your child's HCC Gateway card. Once these have been completed our Life Opportunities Coordinator will send you information about our activities and ask you to return your requested dates. Chyna will then confirm your allocated dates and costs per session.
Our team of play workers and leader work hard to deliver a range of opportunities for children and young people who access our service. We organise in house activities, access our local community or go further afield using our minibus. When you leave your child with us you can be confident that they will be supported by DBS checked, trained and safe to practice staff. We provide support for children and young people that may require a higher level of support including those with complex medical conditions, meaning no child has to miss out on the fun.
Who to contact
- Contact Name
- Chyna Baird
- Contact Position
- Life Opportunities Coordinator
- 01264 321840
- Andover and District Mencap
From May 2021 - March 2022 we will be delivering 28 sessions of our Saturday Playscheme. The sessions run from 10.00-16.00 and are based at The Wellington Centre in Andover. Saturday Playscheme costs £25.00 to attend and includes the majority of activity costs. Some activities may require an additional contribution from parents/carers.
These are the following dates that we will be delivering our Saturday Playscheme programme throughout 2021/22.
1st, 15th and 29th May 2021
12th and 26th June 2021
10th, 24th and 31st July 2021
7th, 14th, 21st and 28th August 2021
4th and 18th September 2021
2nd, 16th and 30th October 2021
13th and 27th November 2021
4th, 11th and 18th December 2021
8th and 22nd January 2022
5th and 19th February 2022
5th and 19th March 2022
Through our Saturday Playscheme sessions the children and young people will learn a variety of new skills and take part in activities that enhance their engagement, choice and independence. On-site activities at our all access building, The Wellington Centre, that the children and young people can participate in include: computer activities, sensory activities in the sensory room, cooking and life skills, film events and outdoor play in the garden area. The children can also participate in off-site activities making use of local businesses and amenities for activities (cinema, glow golf, bowling, iron age museum, local nature reserves, play areas, Charlton lakes etc.). Other off-site activities will involve trips to the seaside, local country parks, animal and reptile centres, National Trust sites, Crabbing at Mudeford, attending themed activities such as Fort Nelson, Maritime Museums and Motor Museums etc.
From April 2021 - March 2022 we will be delivering 40 sessions of our Youth Group. The sessions run on a Friday evening from 18.00-20.00 and are based at The Wellington Centre too. The sessions cost £6.00 and include all aspects of the activity excluding any planned meals out.
These are the following dates we will be delivering our Youth Group programme throughout 2021/22.
16th and 30th April 2021
7th, 14th, 21st and 28th May 2021
11th, 18th and 25th June 2021
2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th July 2021
3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th September 2021
1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd October 2021
5th, 12th, 19th and 26th November 2021
3rd, 10th and 17th December 2021
7th, 14th, 21st and 28th January 2022
4th, 11th and 18th February 2022
4th, 11th, 18th and 25th March 2022
Our Youth Group is the perfect club for young people with a learning disability to take part in a like-minded community where they can develop and explore their talents and interests. Young people deserve to be able to participate in a variety of fun activities that help them to learn, develop and lead an active and enjoyable social life. We do lots of cooking, craft, access the community (shops/parks/town), play games and watch films.
Where to go
- The Wellington Centre
- SP10 2EG
The Wellington Centre is a community centre designed and built specifically for people with learning disabilities. It is a 5 minute walk from the town centre and offers a purposeful space for creative and engaging activities with cooking facilities, an IT suite, sensory room and large activity hall.
- Sensory area, Accessible changing, Wheelchair access, Accessible toilets, Disabled parking, Hearing Loop
Time / Date Details
- When is it on
- Saturday Playscheme, open Saturday from 10.00-16.00. Youth Group, open Friday 18.00-20.00.
- Time of day
- Table of costs
Table of costs Amount Cost Type Saturday Playscheme - £25.00 per session Youth Group - £6.00 per session
- Saturday Playscheme costs £25.00 for a 6 hour session. Youth Group costs £6.00 for a 2 hour session. You will be invoiced a month in advance for the sessions you have booked in the month ahead.
- Referral Details
If you are new to the service we will ask for you to complete our Pen Picture document to assess individual needs and ask for a copy of your child's HCC Gateway card. Once these have been completed our Life Opportunities Coordinator (Chyna Baird - firstname.lastname@example.org) will send you information about our activities and ask you to return your requested dates. Chyna will then confirm your allocated dates and costs per session.