New dates for 'short breaks' for your child aged 11-25

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We are pleased to be able to tell you the dates for the new schedule of Short Breaks sessions delivered by Charlton Athletic Community Trust for children age 11-18 (or 25 with a Plan) from September 2016 – March 2017. Short breaks are fun activities for your child out of the home, that provide you with a break from caring. They are designed to be exciting, enjoyable and horizon-expanding for young people with special needs.

Charlton Athletic Community Trust (CACT) are commissioned by the Royal Borough of Greenwich and have a long history of delivering great short breaks across Greenwich.

Read on for the full list of dates for all CACT short breaks

Saturday programme
Taking place every Saturday in blocks of 4-6 weeks.

10th September – 15th October 2016
5th November – 10th December 2016
14th January – 4th February 2017
25th February – 18th March 2017

Holiday programme
October half-term (24th October – 28th October 2016)
February half-term (13th February – 17th February 2017)

ASD Project – Monday evenings
Taking place on Monday evenings in blocks of six weeks
Block 1 – 12th September to 17th October 2016
Block 2 – 24th October to 28th November 2016
Block 3 – 5th December 2016 to 30th January 2017
Block 4 – 6th February 2017 to 13th March 2017
Block 5 – 20th March to 8th May 2017

ASD Project – Saturday club
Taking place on Saturdays in blocks of six weeks
Dates TBC

The location of the ASD youth club on Monday evenings takes place in Thamesmead at Hawksmoor Youth Club on Bentham Road, SE28 8AS. Transport is provided from two pick-up points (based at Avery Hill Youth Club and ‘The Valley’ in Charlton) or alternatively the young person can travel straight to the session.

The Saturday clubs and holiday sessions are based mostly off-site (trips and activities around London and the South-East). Young people and picked up from home in the morning, and are then dropped off at home at the end of the session. CACT works in partnership with Bexley Accessible Transport Scheme to ensure transportation is safe, comfortable and suitable for all disabilities, and our escorts are experienced and friendly. To quote a parent, “The escort on the bus was great and [the young person] had a great time so a thumbs up from me!”

CACT are able to support all abilities and all levels of need including medical and challenging behaviour.

For young people who cannot access mainstream services: ‘Targeted Provision’

  • ASD Monday evening session for young people aged 13-25 with ASD. The sessions are based at Hawksmoor Youth Club and involve a range of different activities, including trampolining, sensory sessions, cooking, dance sessions, and smoothie-making. The sessions run from 6pm – 8pm in blocks of six weeks, and cost is £10 per session for transport. Young people can be picked up by minibus from two main meeting points, or can go directly to the centre.
  • ASD Saturday Programme A brand new and exciting opportunity for young people with ASD to join their peers for a variety of new experiences. Learn skills, make new friends and take part in activities such as games nights, soft tennis, t-shirt designing, baking, trampolining and more. Sessions run each week from 10am to 2pm, and requires a transport contribution of £10 per session.
  • Holiday Club for Behavioural challenges/ASD/learning difficulties/delayed learning The hugely popular holiday Short Breaks are back for this October half-term, with activities and trips to accommodate young people with a variety of disabilities. Trips in the past have included Eagle Heights, Cyclopark, Colchester Zoo, Diggerland, trips to the beach and more, providing the opportunity for young people to make new friends and have different, exciting experiences throughout their school holidays. Sessions run from 10am – 3pm during school holidays weekdays, with transport provided, and requires a transport contribution of £25 per session.
    Young people are guaranteed just one day of the holidays on Short Breaks, but dependent on demand, they may be allocated more days if desired.

For young people who require higher staffing ratios, including those with severe autism and severe learning disabilities: ‘Targeted-Plus Provision’

  • ASD/ Behavioural Challenges/ Medical needs/ learning difficulties/delayed learning:
    The Saturday Club runs from 9am-2pm each Saturday in blocks of six weeks. This programme can accommodate various disabilities, including those with challenging behaviour and those with medical needs. The referral process is more in depth for this programme, as it is important to ensure that we have all of the necessary measures in place to keep the young person safe and happy. However, we will do whatever we can to make sure a young person can access a Short Break regardless of their needs – this can include the young person bringing their own carer(s), arranging for a nurse to work on the sessions with us, and making home visits to evaluate the young person’s need and level of support required. We will try to accommodate wherever possible.
  • Holiday Club mentioned above under “targeted” is also available for the “targeted plus” group.

All activities are planned and designed to suit the young people we have with us on that day, so no one is left out or cannot participate.

All of the staff working on the Short Breaks programme have many years of experience working with behavioural challenges, medical needs, ASD, learning difficulties and more. The majority work at Charlton Park Academy or other SEN schools in the area. All have been fully DBS checked.

Please note that to be eligible for a place on any Short Breaks scheme, the young person must be aged between 13-19 (and up to 25 with a SEN/EHC plan) and live in the Royal Borough of Greenwich. Transport contributions can be paid using Direct Payments if applicable. Young people who received higher rate disability living allowance, free school meals and pupil premium are exempt from paying contributions.

For more information or to register for a programme, please call Alex Levey, Short Breaks Co-Ordinator, on 07983 549801 or email


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