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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 - Central Services Manager 

Lee has worked for Andover and District Mencap since 2013. Throughout this time Lee has focused on his personal learning and development achieving a first class honours degree in special and inclusive education. Over the years Lee consolidated his knowledge and skills, working his way up the organisation (Senior Carer, Short Breaks Leader, Clubs & Centre Manager and Operations & Inclusion Manager) to the current position of Central Services Manager. Within this role Lee manages Andover and District Mencap's Short Breaks Service registered with Ofsted under the Early Years Framework.

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

Chyna Baird - Children and Young People's Coordinator 

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. In June 2019 she was successfully appointed the Short Breaks Leader position, leading our Holiday Playscheme, Saturday Playscheme and Youth Group provisions. In August 2020 following a restructure Chyna was appointed as the Inclusion Team's Children and Young People's Coordinator. 

Chyna leads all of the Ofsted registered clubs and activities, 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. She is also responsible for the development of early years activities and resources. 

Our Play Workers

Holiday Playscheme, Saturday Playscheme and Youth Group 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.

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.

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.

To book your place please contact Chyna Baird via email at: [email protected] or call 01264 321840.

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]