Andover and District Mencap Saturday Playscheme
To enquire about our activities please contact our Short Breaks Leader, Chyna Baird, via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 Chyna will send you information about our activities and service and ask you to return your requested dates. Chyna will then confirm your allocated dates and costs per session. These sessions are perfect for children and young people that want to do a broad range of activities and decided amongst themselves what they will spend their time doing.
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.
We work with children that have a learning disability on an individual basis, dependent on their needs and wishes, to provide a safe and fun environment in our all access building in Andover. 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 have a HCC Gateway Card and may require a higher level of support including those with complex medical conditions, meaning no child has to miss out on the fun.
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.
Our Staff Team
Saturday Playscheme is supported by a team of qualified, fun and dedicated play workers. Our play workers work across the organisation in a variety of roles and bring with them differing levels of knowledge and skills in order to support the children and young people that attend. Our play workers have been trained by our learning and development team in: health and safety, medication administration, epilepsy awareness, safeguarding, first aid, manual handling, positive behaviour support, PEG and much more.
Who to contact
- Contact Name
- Lee Roberts
- Contact Position
- Short Breaks Manager
- Short Breaks Activities Webpage
What we will need from you
When you contact us with an enquiry about your child/young person attending one of our Playscheme sessions we will ask for your Gateway number and a copy of the digital card. We will need to know your child's age, home town, gender and disability status as part of the initial referral process.
What we will provide you with
Once we have obtained this information and agreed that you meet HCC's and our own criteria we will send to you a Pen Picture to complete about your child/young person. Once we receive this we will then send you a copy of our most recent booking forms and a copy of most relevant activity programmes with details about what activities we are running, when, the cost and any equipment needed for those trips. Once you have decided what dates you would like to request we will slot your child in to available spaces and return your allocated dates with payment details. Once this process has been completed be reassured that your child/young person's space has been secured and funded for.
Where to go
- The Wellington Centre
- SP10 2EG
The Wellington Centre
Andover and District Mencap moved to the Wellington Centre in 2011 after Bonhomie, our original home for 28 years became too small. The Wellington Centre is a community hub which opens its doors to its' members and the local community providing a safe haven for all to use.
We pride ourselves on being all inclusive and boast modern room hire facilities accessible to all. On the ground floor, there is a nursery, one small meeting room, a chill out room, a fully equipped training/computer suite, changing places certified changing facility, sensory room and a large hall with lighting, PA system, projector. A kitchenette accompanies this along with access to our garden.
On the first floor, are the offices of Andover and District Mencap. We are also proud to offer a large modern board room complete with SMART capabilities, projector and refreshments available upon request. The first floor is accessible by lift.
- Sensory area, Accessible changing, Secure environment, Wheelchair access, Level access, Accessible toilets, Disabled parking, Hearing Loop
Time / Date Details
- When is it on
- One in Three Saturdays, Term-Time Only
- Time of day
- Session Information
Starts at 10.00 and finishes at 16.00 at the Wellington Centre
- Table of costs
Table of costs Amount Cost Type £25.00 per session
- Hardship fund is available if needed. Evidence will need to be provided to secure hardship funding.
- Referral required