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Short Breaks for Disabled Children (Southend-on-Sea)

Short Breaks for Disabled Children and Young People 2019-2020

Welcome to Southend Children’s Short Break programmes.

The opportunity to apply for a Short Break grant is open to families with children and young people who:

  • Live in the borough of Southend
  • Are aged between 0-18 years
  • Have a long term, permanent, physical or mental impairment that has a substantial long term effect on their ability to carry out day to day activities;
  • Have a sensory impairment;
  • Have Autism Spectrum Disorder;
  • May have challenging behaviour as a result of their learning disability

All Local Authorities must have a Short Breaks Statement - See Useful Documents

Short Breaks in Southend is managed by a Steering Group made up of employees from the Southend Council, Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Social Care, Children with Disabilities in elected children, and community members. 

The role of the group is to effectively manage the investment by providing various options of Short Breaks, for qualifying children. 

The Short Breaks Steering Group works closely with the Children with Disabilities (CWD) team.   

We want to offer children/young people with disabilities and additional needs, and their families, the opportunity to join in with safe, entertaining and enjoyable activities.   Southend Children’s Short Breaks also offers family members/carers the chance to have a break from their normal routine.

A Short Break is a good quality, fun activity that your disabled child or young person attends with or without you. 

Two types of grants are available:

·        Main Grant for organisations/schools/charities/voluntary groups etc. up to £10,000  - See under Useful Documents to download and Other Details- related links sections to submit on line.

  • Community Access Grant for parents/carers up to £500 - See under Useful Documents  to download and Other Details- related links sections to submit on line.


A timetable of the Short Break grants can be downloaded - See Useful Documents


We would like organisations/schools/charities/

voluntary groups etc. to develop projects that would benefit the children and young people, to enable them to experience a range of activities outside the school day.  We are looking for innovative ideas and projects that could become sustainable as well as an occasional experience.


Examples of Main Grant Applications awarded:

·        Film shows for disabled children and their families

·        Family swimming in a hydrotherapy pool

·        After school/holiday clubs

·        Sporting activities

·        Family days out/holidays

·        Family fun activities

·        Monthly coffee mornings offering activities and support

Examples of Community Access Grants awarded:

·        Payment for after school/holiday clubs

·        Music sessions

·        Riding lessons


Grant applications will be taken to a panel for a decision, if they meet the criteria.  The organisation or parent/carer will be informed of the result.  This process can take several weeks. 


For any more information please contact

Who to contact

Southend On Sea Borough Council, Civic Centre, Victoria Avenue, Southend On Sea, Essex,
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Contact Name
Alison Evans

Time / Date Details

When is it on

Visit the website or call during office hours.

Other Details



Free advice and guidance, activities may cost.


Age Ranges
Open to all families but must have a disabled child less than 18 years of age to access the service.
Referral required
Referral Details

An application process is in place.

Inclusion Information

Special Needs

Children and young people may be eligible for additional short breaks if they have a physical or mental impairment, which has a substantial and long term effect on their ability to carry out day-to-day activities. This may include a severe physical or learning disability, a hearing or visual impairment. It includes children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder and children who may have challenging behaviour as a result of their learning disability. It also includes children who have complex medical needs and who may have palliative, life limiting or a life- threatening condition.

Childcare Information

Age Range

0 years to 18 years

Local Offer

Local Offer Age Bands
0-5 years
6-10 years
11-16 years
17-19 years
SEN Provision Type


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 Last updated: 01 Jan 1970

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