Giving families and children a short break is important to us as an organisation. It is vital that children and young people with learning disabilities have time away from their families to engage in stimulating and exciting activities.

Welcome to our Short Breaks Service

The Short Breaks Team

Lee Roberts - Short Breaks Manager

Lee has worked for Andover and District Mencap since 2013. During his time at the organisation he has worked within the children's service through a variety of roles. Currently Lee is Andover and District Mencap's Short Breaks Manager.

As the manager of the children's clubs and activities Lee is responsible for the effective management, planning and delivery of the Holiday and Saturday Playscheme sessions. Lee manages a group of fully qualified and dedicated play workers that ensure the activities on offer are safe, fun and engaging for all children and young people that attend.

Chyna Baird - Playscheme Leader

Chyna has worked for Andover and District Mencap since 2017. During her time at the organisation she has support the short breaks service as a play worker. Currently Chyna is Andover and District Mencap's Playscheme Leader.

As the leader of the children's clubs and activities Chyna is responsible for ensuring all of the children and young people attending are supported effectively to engage in a variety of on-site and off-site activities to develop and enhance their play and life skills.

Our Play Workers

Holiday and Saturday Playscheme are supported by a team of qualified, fun and dedicated play workers. Our play workers work across the organisation in a variety of roles and bring with them differing levels of knowledge and skills in order to support the children and young people that attend. Our play workers have been trained by our learning and development team in: health and safety, medication administration, epilepsy awareness, safeguarding, first aid, manual handling, positive behaviour support, PEG and much more.

What do we do?

We work with children that have a learning disability on an individual basis, dependent on their needs and wishes, to provide a safe and fun environment in our all access building in Andover. Our team of play workers and leader work hard to deliver a range of opportunities for children and young people who access our service. We organise in house activities, access our local community or go further afield using our minibus.

When you leave your child with us you can be confident that they will be supported by DBS checked, trained and safe to practice staff. We provide support for children and young people that have a HCC Gateway Card and may require a higher level of support including those with complex medical conditions, meaning no child has to miss out on the fun.

Holiday and Saturday Playscheme

Through our Holiday and Saturday Playscheme sessions the children and young people will learn a variety of new skills and take part in activities that enhance their engagement, choice and independence. On-site activities at our all access building, The Wellington Centre, that the children and young people can participate in include: computer activities, sensory activities in the sensory room, cooking and life skills, film events and outdoor play in the garden area. The children can also participate in off-site activities making use of local businesses and amenities for activities (cinema, glow golf, bowling, iron age museum, local nature reserves, play areas, Charlton lakes etc.). Other off-site activities will involve trips to the seaside, local country parks, animal and reptile centres, National Trust sites, Crabbing at Mudeford, attending themed activities such as Fort Nelson, Maritime Museums and Motor Museums etc.

To book your place please contact Lee Roberts via email at: [email protected] or call 01264 321854

Summer Holidays 2019

All of our activities are based at The Wellington Centre in Andover. The sessions begin at 10am and finish at 4pm. Please drop off and collect your child/young person from the centre unless specified otherwise. The sessions cost £25 per person and include all aspects of the session, excluding lunch. Packed lunches are advised for all outings unless there is a specific activity involving lunch out where additional money may be requested to cover this.

Please see a list of all activities below that will be running over the summer holidays:

July 2019

Wednesday 24th July - Eastrop Park and Pub Lunch

Thursday 25th July - Charlton Park, Crazy Golf and Pub Lunch

Friday 26th July - Local Park, Bowling and Pub Lunch

Tuesday 30th July - Iron Age Museum, McDonalds and Park

Wednesday 31st July - Stansted Park Gardens and Steam Railway

August 2019

Thursday 1st August - Charlton Park, Crazy Golf and Pub Lunch

Friday 2nd August - Game, Cooking, Sensory and Play Park Day

Monday 5th August - Boscombe Beach and Lunch Out

Tuesday 6th August - Charlton Lakes, Crazy Golf and Pub Lunch

Wednesday 7th August - Mudeford Beach and Crabbing

Thursday 8th August - Fort Nelson and Southsea

Tuesday 13th August - Royal Victoria Country Park

Wednesday 14th August - Wellington Centre Chilled Day In

Thursday 15th August - Boscombe Beach and Lunch Out

Friday 16th August - New Forest Reptile Centre and Burley Village

Monday 19th August - Itchen Valley Country Park

Tuesday 20th August - Basingstoke Aquadrome and McDonalds

Wednesday 21st August - Lepe Country Park and Carlos Ices

Thursday 22nd August - Andover Cinema, Local Play Park and Picnic

Tuesday 27th August - Moors Valley Country Park

Wednesday 28th August - Mudeford Beach and Crabbing

Thursday 29th August - Beaulieu Motor Museum

Friday 30th August - Eastrop Park and Pub Lunch

Andover and District Mencap

Enabling Choice & Independence

The Wellington Centre

Winchester Rd, Andover
Hampshire, SP10 2EG


Opening Hours

Monday to Friday, 9.00 – 17.00

General enquiries:

01264 321840
[email protected]


01264 321854
[email protected]