Lambeth Council wants to hear your views on our proposals for our short breaks programme. Short breaks offer disabled children and young people aged 5-19 years in Lambeth, opportunities to have fun, socialise, and learn new skills at afterschool clubs, weekend activities, or holiday programmes.

Our short breaks contract expires 31 March 2019. We are trying to decide what we do next; what our short breaks service should look like in future. We have an opportunity to create a more exciting short breaks offer.

We could develop a service that more disabled children and young people can access. We could work with more local providers so they are better able to support disabled children and young people. We could provide activities that young people over 14 years could enjoy.

The challenge is working out how we do so without putting pressure on already squeezed council budgets.

We have outlined a number of proposals which set out what the future short breaks service could look like in the information booklet below. An Easy-to-Read version is also available. Accompanying this booklet is a questionnaire, which we invite you to complete to tell us what you think of our proposals.

Alternatively, you may attend a consultation drop-in session where you can find out more about proposals, talk to council staff and parents that have helped us put these proposals together, or pick up paper copies of the information. Details on these sessions are included in our 'How to respond' section below and will be updated throughout the consultation.

We are also holding two pre-booked sessions for providers to hear more about our proposals.

To book your place at one of the provider sessions please email us at engagement@lambeth.gov.uk (please note 'Lambeth Short Stay - Provider' in the subject header).

We will publish and present the findings from this consultation to the Lead Member for Children and Young People by February 2019, who will consider this feedback when making a decision on any proposed changes.

How to respond

This consultation is an opportunity for you to help us decide what the future of the short break programme looks like. It is important to us that the views of everyone who may be affected by these proposals are considered.

You can share your views with us by either:

Completing our online survey: (we have provided an easy read version for those with disabilities or children).

Or

You can also tell us by attending one of our public drop-in sessions.

Town Centre Date&Time Location Event Type
Brixton 2 October 10am-12.30pm We Are 336 Lambeth Parent Forum SEND Coffee Morning
Brixton 13 September 10.30am-12pm Brixton Library Drop In Session
Clapham 2 October 11am–12.30pm Clapham Library Drop-In Session
Clapham 24 October 2018 10am-12pm The Spinney SEND specific session for 0-5 years
Streatham 10 October 10am-11.30am Streatham Library Drop-In Session
Waterloo 4 October 3.30pm-5pm Waterloo Library Drop-In Session
Norwood 16 October 3pm-4.30pm Upper Norwood Library Drop-In Session
Stockwell 1 November 10am-11.30 Stockwell Children’s Centre SEND specific session for 0-5 years

Need help accessing or completing our online consultations? You can attend our consultation drop-in session at Lambeth Town Hall, which takes place on the last Tuesday of each month.

Thank you for taking the time and giving your views on our consultation.