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Short Breaks COVID-19 Update Summer 2020

Short Breaks COVID-19 update

17th June 2020

We are currently working with all our providers as we move onto the next phase of the governments response to COVID 19. 

We recognise the level of uncertainty in relation to future government guidance and each families unique circumstances. 

Our intention is to support providers to begin to increase their service delivery in a safe and supported way. 

There continues to be a duty for the Local Authority to provide support to children with SEND and their families. In line with the latest government guidance in response to the reduced risk around infection in England, we are encouraging short break providers to work creatively and responsibly to deliver a short break service to more children and young people with SEND in Greenwich. 

We recognise that this will not necessarily look the same as your usual provision due to social distancing measures and service risk assessments. 

Of course, a number of providers are already delivering a modified service and we thank them for their continued support to children and families in Greenwich.

 Providers are developing risk assessments and communicating with families they support to ensure their services are being delivered in a safe way. 

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the risk assessments completed by the providers and/or the provision that your child accesses please get in touch with the provider directly.

Alternatively if you would like to discuss your allocation including provision over the Summer please do contact us by email at

Our priorities are the safety of our community and ensuring the right support for the children and families who require it. 

Short Breaks Provider

Age Range


Programme information

ADO Services

8 – 17

3rd – 28th August


  • Small group sessions from 10am – 3pm with animal handling, bushcraft, forest school and a variety of other outdoor activities on offer. Cost: £30 per day
  • *NEW FOR 2020* 1.1 support sessions for 2 hours per day. Ideally suited to children with ASD and learning difficulties who require more intensive support and who may find it difficult to remain in a setting for long periods of time. Cost: £10 per day


All the above will be taking place onsite in ADO’s secure outdoor space for four weeks throughout the summer holidays.

For more information about the programme, please contact or 020 8850 6778.


AHOY Centre

8 – 17

24th July – 28th August


Group sessions offering both land-based and water-based activities, including sailing, basic cooking skills, arts & crafts and fun & fitness.


  • Primary School-aged children (max. 6 per session):  9.30am – 12.30pm (2-3 sessions per week)
  • Secondary school-aged children (max. 6 per session): 1.30pm – 4.30pm (2-3 sessions per week)


Cost: £5 per session. Activities take place at the AHOY Centre in Deptford over 6 weeks of the summer holidays.


AHOY previously were providing transport from 2 meeting points, however due to COVID-19 and infection risks, this unfortunately will not be offered as part of the summer programme.


For more information about the programme, please contact or 020 8691 7502.


All Kids Can

10 – 17

27th July – 21st August


Activity sessions and trips for young people with complex medical needs, ASD or learning difficulties. 1.1 support available. Sessions take place from 10am – 3pm.


Cost: £45 per session. Transport offer TBC. Services will take place over 4 weeks of the summer holidays.


For more information about the programme, please contact or 020 8836 8906

Champions 4 Change

8 – 17



Weekly boxing and fitness sessions throughout the summer. Price per session TBC.


For more information about the programme, please contact or 07502 143964.



Charlton Athletic Community Trust


13 - 17

27th July – 14th August

Activities and trips for young people with ASD and/or learning difficulties. Sessions take place from 10am – 2pm.


Cost: £5 per session. Transport to and from home can be purchased for an additional cost of £25 per session.


For more information about the programme, please contact or 07984 732506.


10 - 17

24th – 29th August


Drama and Arts summer school. Available to ages 10-17. Cost: £12.50 per session, £7.50 concession.


For more information about the programme, please contact or 020 8854 1316.


Willow Dene Summer Programme


4 – 10

20th – 31st July


Activity sessions for children aged 4-10 with complex medical needs, ASD and/or learning difficulties. 1.1 support available.


Cost: £20 per session. Transport to and from home can be purchased for an additional £25 per session – please speak to the school if you would like to find out more.


Sessions take place at Willow Dene Primary School over 2 weeks of the summer holidays.


For more information about the programme, please contact 020 8854 9841.


Short Breaks Key Dates 2020

Short Breaks - Key Dates

Friday 13th March         

Deadline to send in preferences for April – September 2020. This will include your choice of activities for Summer Holidays 2020.

Week of 16th March

Meetings to take place with our Summer 2020 providers to allocate spaces.

Tuesday 31st March

You should have received your allocation for April – September by this date. If you haven’t heard from the team via letter or email, please contact them as soon as possible.

Friday 18th September

Deadline to send in preferences for October 2020 – March 2021.



The ADO Short Breaks Holiday Club is run each school half-term and holiday break for children and young people aged 8 to 17. The Short Breaks Club is a unique offering open to both mainstream children and young people and to cater for those with disabilities, special needs and social and emotional needs*


Providing activities and support for Disabled People and SENS. AHOY offers an opportunity for those to take part in activities both in sailing & rowing - building confidence, self-esteem, life skills and to become part of the community and help out. Alongside these activities we have our T2T (Time to Talk) mentoring programme to provide emotional support and to develop coping mechanisms and build resilience. Please note rowing activities are for ages 12+ and Session can be broken into a morning or an afternoon session if needed. 

The AHOY Centre


From April 2020, AHOY will be offering separate 3-hour sessions for the following age groups during all school holidays (except Christmas 2020):


Morning Session          8 – 11 years

Afternoon Session       12 – 17 years

 (Timings TBC)

 The cost will be £5 per session. Transport can also be purchased for an additional £5, with pick-up points outside Charlton Park Academy (Charlton Park Road, SE7 8HX) and Willow Dene Secondary School (Oakmere Road, SE2 0XX).

 Activities available will include sailing, rowing, basic cooking skills, fun and fitness, arts and crafts and sensory games. Children and young people can choose their activities for each session.

All Kids Can

The provision will run separate Saturday Clubs which run in 5 week blocks throughout the year. Holiday Provision will run for all school holidays including February, Easter (2 weeks), May Half term, Summer (4 weeks), October half term. All courses will be primarily based at Charlton Park Academy and will include both on and off site activities including Swimming, Arts/Crafts, Sensory activities, Sports, cooking as well as many off site trips into the community including Zoo/Farm Trips, Bowling, Trampoline parks, Museums, Parks, Seaside trips and many more.

All activities are organised specific to the groups needs to remain inclusive throughout.

Saturday sessions, All half terms excluding Festive break 

All Kds Can

All Kids Can will now be working with specialist children aged 10 and over (previously 11+). Their sessions run throughout the year on Saturdays and school holidays.

 Sessions cost £45 per day (£9 per hour) and are mostly based in the community on trips and activities.


Greenwich Leisure Limited Family Splash For children and young adults with disabilities and their families to enjoy a ‘fun swim’ session with floats. All children must be accompanied in the water and adhere to swim safety rules.

-Greenwich Centre Sundays, 1pm-2pm

-Eltham Centre Sunday 9am-10am

Champions 4 Change

Champions 4 Change using uses physical exercise, boxing and goal setting as a positive tool for change. Our programs have a proven track record of helping young people to get active, build confidence/ self-esteem, manage emotions in a positive way and build strong peer relationships. Our team work closely with the young people and the parents so we can su

Champions 4 Change (C4C)


From April 2020, the boxing & fitness sessions with C4C will be running on Wednesday afternoons (replacing the previous Saturday sessions) for the following age groups:

 4.45pm – 5.45pm         8 - 11 years

5.50pm – 6.50pm         12 – 17 years

Sessions will now take place in 8-week blocks.

The cost of the 8 weeks will be £49.99. Completion of the 8 weeks will earn your child an ASDAN qualification. Parents and carers are also welcome to take part in the sessions with their children!

pport them in the best way and get to understand and cater for there needs effectively.

Charlton Athletic Community Trust

 wide and varied provision offering a range of Short Breaks to young people aged between 13-17 yrs. Our collective Short Breaks provisions includes school holidays, Saturdays, Residential trips and a specific ASD provision delivered on a Monday evening.

Charlton Athletic Community Trust (CACT)


From February 2020, CACT will no longer be running their after-school Short Breaks club on Mondays. Instead, the funding will go towards creating additional spaces on their very popular Saturday and school holiday programmes.

These sessions run for four hours and cost £5 to attend. Transport to and from home can be purchased for an additional £25 per session.

 In addition, from March CACT will be offering 2-night weekend residential trips to activity centres throughout the year for their ‘targeted’ cohort. These will include the opportunity to take part in activities such as rock-climbing, abseiling, archery, swimming and many more! Price per weekend TBC.

 CACT Short Breaks statement Feb 2020

CACT would like to announce that as of immediate effect the following changes are being made to our Short Breaks service which is commissioned by RGB.  As a result of low attendances and limited interest from young people and parents/carers we have decided to redirect the funding  currently used to deliver the Monday night ASD session. This unfortunately means that the Monday night session will cease to run. Due to high demand on both our Saturday and school holiday provisions,  we have made the decision to use the funding to increase the number of places available on both of these provisions. CACT will assign additional staff  to support the current team which will allow us to safely extend  these popular provisions to more young people. This will help in reducing current waiting lists and increase engagement in areas where there is demand. CACT would like to apologise for any inconvenience to young people and parents/carers caused by these changes,  but would also like to reiterate that we feel that the funding will be better utilised following the amendments to our service.

CACT would also like to announce that we will once again be offering residential trips to various activity centres. The trips will be delivered over 2 nights and will involve an exciting range of engaging activities alongside the experience of staying away from the home in a supported environment. Under the new contract we have been delivering single night residential trips in various local youth hub settings. Although these trips have been well received by those who have attended,  it has become clear after consultation with young people and parents/carers that making these changes would be welcome.

Allocations for the above provisions  will remain to be placed through the Short Breaks team at RBG

Carl Krauhaus (Head Of Early Help & Prevention CACT)

There is a live survey that RBG is inviting parents to complete:

Greenwich and Lewisham Young Peoples Theatre (GLYPT)

One-day drama workshops + inclusive theatre performances One week summer school where we’ll make a play together to perform to friends and family on the final day. One-day drama workshops that will build skills in confidence and creativity. Participants will also have opportunities to see performances by visiting theatre companies who make work inclusive for audiences with MLD/PMLD.

Workshop 1: Saturday October 26, 2019 (Autumn Half-term Holidays)

Workshop 2: Saturday December 21, 2019 (Winter Holidays)

Workshop 3: Saturday February 22, 2020 (Spring Half-term Holidays)

Workshop 4: Saturday April 11, 2020 (Spring/Easter Holidays)

New Lodge Riding Centre

Introductory Sessions Tuesday evening half hour riding sessions for ten weeks a term 

Pony mornings Two hour sessions run in the school holidays Pony mornings age 8-17 years. At pony mornings, the children and young people will learn about looking after horses and grooming as well as riding. Suitable for children eight years old upwards. Children will need to be able to cope with listening to simple instructions within a group session. There will be some waiting as this will be larger groups. 

Weekend sessions Weekend sessions run all year round and the next course will begin from the beginning of April Weekend Sessions 11 hour blocks. Weekend sessions are offered to more able students to allow them to progress

Willow Dene Saturday Club

This play scheme is aimed at Royal Greenwich children who are working at early P Levels with sensory needs and communication difficulties, from reception age to year 5.

Children will have full access to facilities at Willow Dene Primary site and be able to take part in swimming, forest school, use of trampolines and day trips out