Short breaks: summer holidays 2021

Short breaks: summer 2021

Information about short breaks during the 2021 school summer holidays

Short breaks are activities for disabled children and young people aged 4 to 18 who live in Bristol. They give parents and carers a break from their caring responsibilities and support children and young people to try out new hobbies and make new friends. In Bristol, we also offer some activities and trips for the whole family.

What to do if you're registered with a provider

If you're already registered with a short break service, contact your short breaks provider to book your child onto a session.

What to do if you're not registered

If you are not registered with a service but you're interested in your child attending a short break, read the information below on what breaks are on offer in Bristol.

Short breaks during the 2021 school summer holidays

To attend any of these sessions:

  • children and young people must be registered with the providers, and
  • you must book places in advance

All necessary precautions have been taken to make sure that the sessions and activities are COVID-19 safe and follow current government guidance. If government guidance changes over the summer, this might change the kind of activities that can run, as well as group sizes.

The cost of each session varies, so check with each provider.

If you want your child to take part in short breaks activities over the summer holidays, register with a service as soon as possible. This is so that the staff can:

  • get to know you and your child
  • familiarise themselves with your child's Care Plan
  • organise some 'settling-in' sessions before the summer holidays start

The following organisations provide short breaks that parents and carers can register their child with. You do not need a referral from a social worker to access these short breaks.

Out and About Consortium

This includes:

The Out and About Consortium runs regular groups and trips for different ages throughout the year. All of these services will be running sessions during the school summer holidays for the children, young people and families who regularly attend, as well as spaces for new people.

Out and About Consortium short breaks

  • Youth clubs and Saturday clubs for young people aged 13 to 18, run by WECIL in Knowle, Hillfields and Southmead. Activities might include sailing, mini golf and trips to Bristol Zoo and Wild Space.
  • Drop off play sessions for children aged 8 to 12 and 'stay and play' family sessions for children aged 5 to 12, run by WECIL in venues across Bristol. The summer sessions might include going to the cinema, Bristol Cycling Centre, We The Curious, Puxton Park and swimming.
  • Saturday sessions for children and young people aged 5 to 18 from Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) families, run by KHAAS. These sessions are run from The Vench in Lockleaze and The Woodside Centre in Kingswood. They'll be a mixture of all day drop off sessions and family trips. The family trips might include going to Drayton Manor, Barry Island, Noah's Ark Zoo Farm and Puxton Park.
  • Out of school clubs for children aged 8 to 12 and young people aged 13 to 18, run by the National Autistic Society from Southmead Adventure Playground and The Vench in Lockleaze. The Southmead club for children aged 8 to 12 is full. Activities might include cooking, graffiti workshops, circus skills and an outdoor adventure day.
  • Evening and Saturday sessions for children and young people aged 5 to 18 with sensory specific impairments, run by SENSE from the Woodside Centre in Kingswood. Activities will include surfing at The Wave, climbing and sailing. SENSE will also be running a separate holiday scheme for children and young people with complex high needs (see the WECIL and SENSE holiday scheme).
  • Befriending for children and young people aged 5 to 18, run by Time2Share@WECIL. Children and young people are linked with a volunteer befriender, and plan activities together. The volunteer befrienders attend a training course with WECIL before they're linked with a young person. They cannot give medication to children or young people, or help with personal care.
  • The Transition Group for Young Adults aged 18 to 25, run by WECIL. The group meets fortnightly and plans social activities in Bristol that help to build confidence and independence.

For information visit WECIL Services for Young Disabled People or read the information leaflet.


Call: 0117 611 651 or 0117 947 9911

WECIL and SENSE holiday scheme

The WECIL and SENSE summer holiday scheme is for disabled children and young people with complex needs aged 5 to 18 who:

  • need a high staffing ratio
  • struggle in larger groups or going on trips
  • can sometimes display challenging behaviour
  • have a complex medical condition

Applications for summer 2021 are closed, but to be added to the list for future holiday support, email

Inclusion Service, Bristol City Council

The Inclusion Service supports children and young people to access holiday, sport, dance and drama clubs, Scouts and Brownies and other activities in their local area in Bristol.

Over the summer, the Inclusion Service will support children and young people to access their local holiday club by making sure there are staff at the setting who can meet the child's needs. The Inclusion Service can also signpost families of disabled children and young people to other inclusive activities and clubs in their local area.


Call: 0117 903 8250

Bristol Autism Project (BAP) run by Foundation for Active Community Engagement (FACE)

BAP is running holiday activities for children and young people aged 4 to 18 who have autism and their siblings and families. Parents or a trusted adult must stay with the child. There will be 2 to 3 free activities for different age groups every day over the summer, and you must book in advance.

BAP will send the summer programme to BAP members. Activities might include:

  • horse care experience
  • forest experience
  • archery
  • climbing
  • skateboarding
  • gymnastics
  • swimming
  • trips to the cinema
  • picnics in parks
  • trips to Boiling Wells and adventure playgrounds
  • cookery
  • crafts
  • lego table top activities
  • magic tricks
  • learning first aid
  • family socials
  • youth club sessions for young people

For information visit: Bristol Autism Project


Call: 0117 969 1938