local offer logo 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.

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1. 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 of 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).

Programme Demonstrate! Project
Age 8yrs to 14yrs
Times 11am to 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
Website: http://www.ovalhouse.com/participation/Demonstrate

2. 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.
Programme Holiday playscheme
Age 5 to 19 years old
Times Monday to Thursday, see transport times below
Transport included? Yes - transport will start picking up young people from 8am drop them home from 3.30 pm 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 session, arts and crafts and much more.

Programme Independent skills club
Age 5 to 19 yers old
Times Fortnightly on Mondays, 4pm to 7pm
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
Programme Youth club
Age 14 to 19 yers old
Times Fortnightly on Fridays, 6pm to 9pm
Transport included? Yes

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

Programme Mentoring service
Age 14 to 19 yers old
Times 3 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: http://www.lfl.org.uk

3. 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.
Programme Whippersnappers specialist holiday scheme
Age 5 to 11 years old
When Easter holidays (1 week) and Summer holidays (3 weeks)
Times Monday to Friday, 10am to 3pm
Transport included? Yes
Programme Whippersnappers specialist holiday scheme
Age 12 to 19 years old
When Easter holidays (1 week) and Summer holidays (3 weeks)
Times Monday to Friday, 10am to 3pm
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: http://whippersnappers.org

4. 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.

Programme Kids on Wheels
Age 3 to 19 years old
When Summer holidays
Times Provider to advise
Transport included? No

After school activities

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

Programme After school activities
Age 3 to 19 years old
When Provider to advise
Times Provider to advise
Transport included? No

Individual Hire

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

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

Programme Individual Hire
Age 3 to 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: http://www.wheelsforwellbeing.org.uk

5. Moving Matters inclusive sport and activity programme

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 enable children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities to participate in variety of sports such as running, basketball, yoga.

Programme Multi-sport community club weekend
Age 3 to 19 years old
When Saturdays – term time only
Times Multi-sport from 2pm to 4pm and football from 5pm to 7pm
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 therap
  • cycling.

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

Programme School Sports Club Afterschool
Age 3 to 19 years old
When Provider to advise – term time only
Times 1 hour lunchtime / afterschool 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: https://www.moving-matters.org/