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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 supported 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

Holiday Playscheme

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 school holidays:

October Half-Term 2019

Monday 28th October 2019 - Everything British Cooking and Activity Day

Tuesday 29th October 2019 - Royal Victoria Country Park

Wednesday 30th October 2019 - Flip Out Basingstoke, Eastrop Park and Pub Lunch

Thursday 31st October 2019 - Halloween Day - Pumpkin Carving, Film and Party

Christmas Holidays 2019-2020

Monday 30th December 2019 - Chill Out Day - Films, Computer Activities, Games and Sensory Play

Thursday 2nd January 2020 - Lepe Country Park and Carlos Ices

Friday 3rd January 2020 - Mudeford Crabbing and Beach

February Half-Term 2020

Monday 17th February 2020 - Andover Cinema, Local Park and Pub Lunch

Tuesday 18th February 2020 - Mudeford Crabbing and Beach

Wednesday 19th February 2020 - Beaulieu Motor Museum

Thursday 20th February 2020 - Porton Down, Danebury Hill Fort and Outdoor Games

Saturday Playscheme

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 next 6 months:

2019

Saturday 5th October 2019 - Wellington Centre Italian Cooking Day

Saturday 12th October 2019 - Lepe Country Park and Carlos Ices

Saturday 19th October 2019 - April's Farm and Bowling/Glow Golf

Saturday 2nd November 2019 - Mudeford Crabbing, Beach and Park

Saturday 9th November 2019 - Andover Cinema, Play Park and Pub Lunch

Saturday 16th November 2019 - Fort Nelson and Southsea

Saturday 23rd November 2019 - Finkley Down Farm and Picnic

Saturday 30th November 2019 - Itchen Valley Country Park

Saturday 7th December 2019 - Christmas Cooking, Sensory and Film Day

Saturday 14th December 2019 - Beaulieu Motor Museum

Saturday 21st December 2019 - Playscheme Christmas Party

2020

Saturday 4th January 2020 - New Forest Wildlife Park and Witch Village

Saturday 11th January 2020 - Andover Cinema, Pub Lunch and Local Park

Saturday 18th January 2020 - Royal Victoria Country Park

Saturday 25th January 2020 - Charlton Park, Crazy Golf and Pub Lunch

Saturday 1st February 2020 - Flip Out Basingstoke and Eastrop Park

Saturday 8th February 2020 - Everything British Cooking and Activity Day

Saturday 15th February 2020 - Itchen Valley Country Park

Saturday 7th March 2020 - Hawk Conservancy, McDonalds and Play Park

Saturday 14th March 2020 - Fort Nelson and Southsea

Saturday 21st March 2020 - Andover Cinema, Pub Lunch and Sensory Room

Saturday 28th March 2020 - Lepe Country Park and Carlos Ices

Youth Group

All of our activities are based at The Wellington Centre in Andover. The sessions are 2 hours long and begin at 18.15 and finish at 20.15. Please drop off and collect your child/young person from the centre unless specified otherwise. The sessions cost £6 per person and include all aspects of the session, excluding any planned meals out.

Please see a list of all activities below that will be running over the next 6 months at Youth Group:



Andover and District Mencap

Enabling Choice & Independence

The Wellington Centre

Winchester Rd, Andover
Hampshire, SP10 2EG

AndoverMencap
@AndoverMencap

Opening Hours

Monday to Friday, 9.00 – 17.00

General enquiries:

01264 321840
[email protected]

Bookings

01264 321854
[email protected]