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SEND Short Breaks (all ability activities & overnight breaks)

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The Breaks for Carers of Disabled Children Regulations 2011, requires Local Authorities,  to provide a range of short breaks for families with disabled children (age 0-18yrs). In Reading this is provided by Brighter Futures for Children (BFfC). Short breaks form part of a continuum of services, which support disabled children and their families.

Short breaks are provided to give:

  • Children and young people with a disability enjoyable experiences away from their primary carers, thereby contributing to their personal and social development and reducing social isolation;
  • Parents, carers and families a necessary and valuable break from caring responsibilities.

These breaks can include day, evening, overnight and weekend activities and can take place in the child’s own home, the home of an approved carer, a residential or community setting. What is a Short Break explained.

They can last just a few hours to a few days, and occasionally longer, depending on the type of provision and the needs of the child and their families. 

Updated - February 2022

SEND Short Breaks - May Half Term 2022

SEND Short Breaks - Multi Sports Camps May/June half term

SEND multi sports are on this half term for children aged 8 to 16 on the following dates: 

Monday 30th May, Tuesday 31st May, Wednesday 1st June @ The Avenue School, Conwy Close RG30 4BZ

Each day will run from 10:30 - 14:00 at £10 per day or £30 for the full course during the camps the children will work with qualified staff that have experience working with children and young people with disabilities. During their time on the course the children will do the following sports: Boccia, Kurling, Basketball, football, multi sports. 

This half term we are running in partnership with Reading Rockets in order to put on Basketball sessions that will suit SEND children with exits routes to their weekly SEND sessions. 

Please note at this time we cannot accept the following disabilities/medical conditions: 

  • Peg Fed 
  • Epilepsy


Contact Dan Rook 01189 072160 or

Bookings: Click here for booking details

You can also view details and flyer here  SEND Short Breaks - Multi Sports Camps May/June half term | Reading Services Guide


SEND May Half Term Short Breaks - Make Sense Theatre

As an inclusive theatre company, we aim to provide exciting and engaging short breaks for SEND young people with all abilities, including young people with complex/high needs.

Please always give us a call if you aren’t sure if a session is right for your young person. After speaking with you, we will be able to assess how we can best accommodate their access needs to ensure they have a meaningful and fun time with us!

Complex Needs/PMLD/PASD/SLD (Profound Autistic Spectrum Disorder)(Severe Learning Disabilities) Engaging workshops for young people with complex needs/PMLD including multi-sensory theatre and live music and singing with the Make/Sense team and sessions with Berkshire Maestros.

Contact: Make/Sense Theatre website (currently being updated)

Age groups and session information can be found here SEND May Half Term Short Breaks - Make Sense Theatre | Reading Services Guide


SEND Short Breaks -Chance to Dance Stars CIC - Dance and Multi Activity Program

Short breaks are available for Reading children aged 5 years to 18 years old on Sundays

We cater for children 5 years to 25 years at all our activities. (discounted short breaks not available for 19-25yrs)

Chance to Dance Stars CIC will provide group activities for children & young people with disabilities to have new experiences with sport and dance, to have fun and to build upon social and physical needs.  

*Note* Cost - £20 per day for anyone outside of Reading. 

Reading Residents - Session are partial funded by Brighter Futures for Children. You receive a 50% discount only paying £10 per day. Don't forget to enter your discount code: EQN344

Booking - 
If your child requires 1:1 you must contact Vicky before booking on or 07736343570 

Tel: 07736 343570

Beansheaf Community Centre, Charrington Road, Calcot, Reading, RG31 7AW

Session and booking information can be found here SEND Short Breaks -Chance to Dance Stars CIC - Dance and Multi Activity Program | Reading Services Guide


Holiday Activity Fund (HAF)

Holiday Activity Fund (HAF) - find out more by visiting Brighter Futures for Children 

Short Breaks Statement 2021-2022

Short Breaks Statement 2021/2022 - click here to view the document

Quick look at Short Breaks in Reading for Children & Young People with SEND
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