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Organisations who offer targeted short break services for children and young people with SEND and the type of break they offer.

The organisations we work with all provide targeted short breaks for carers and activities for disabled children and young people. 


WECIL Go to http://www.wecil.org.uk/ (opens new window) lead a service called Out and About Go to https://wecil.org.uk/children-young-people/out-about-bristol/ (opens new window), which includes:

  • WECIL youth clubs, for young people aged 13 to 18, regular sessions across the city including Saturdays (young people need to attend the youth clubs in order to attend the Saturday trips)
  • regular sessions for children and young people aged 5 to 18 with sensory impairments
  • WECIL transitions group for young people aged 19 to 25 to help them with independent living skills
  • WECIL stay and play sessions for children aged 5 to 12, and drop off play sessions for children aged 8 to 12, these are both usually on a Saturday
  • Time2Share @ Wecil, a befriending service
  • KHAAS Go to http://www.khaas.co.uk/ (opens new window) work with BAME children aged 5 to 19, Saturday clubs and days out during the holidays
  • FACE Go to http://facecharity.org.uk/ (opens new window) hold regular out of school clubs for neurodiverse children and young people, aged 8 to 12 and 13 to 18

For information about these services:

WECIL also run specialised holiday short breaks for young people aged 5 to 18.

WECIL's holiday short breaks are for children and young people with complex needs or challenging behaviour. Children and young people who attend must either go to a specialist education provision or be on the waiting list for a specialist education provision.

Children and young people will be offered one 5 hour session per week during school holidays (excluding Christmas).

For more information about these services:

For information about these services see the pdf Out and About leaflet (8.93 MB) .

Holiday activities for autistic children

FACE and the Bristol Autism Project Go to http://facecharity.org.uk/our-work/bristol-autism-project/ (opens new window) offer inclusive family activities for autistic children during school holidays.

Short breaks small grants

We're running two small grants for community-based organisations who can deliver short breaks. These will run until 31 March 2024.

These two projects will focus on the outdoors.

Mud Pie Explorers

An exciting opportunity for children and young people with a disability or an additional need to experience Forest School Activities as part of a supported group.

This is aimed at children and young people who are aged 8 to 12 years old.

Mud Pie Explorers is providing after school courses (1 in Downend and 1 in Southmead) as well as sessions during Easter and summer holidays

If this sounds like something your child or young person would be interested in, email office@mud-pies.co.uk

Hartcliffe City Farm

Providing farm sessions for children and young people with a disability or additional need aged 8 to 12 years old.

Hartcliffe City Farm are providing a mixture of after school, weekend and holiday sessions.

The sessions will include activities that focus on looking after animals, gardening, cooking and nature.

If this sounds like something your child or young person would be interested in, email Catherine.Ware@windmillhillcityfarm.org.uk

Spaces are limited and once spaces have been allocated, then a waiting list will be in operation.

These projects will not be able to offer a place to any children or young people who are already attending a Bristol City Council funded short break.