Short Breaks in Royal Borough of Greenwich

Wednesday 22nd July 2015

This summer, Charlton Athletic Community Trust (CACT) will be running a number of programmes for young people with disabilities and special needs between the ages of 5-25 years as part of the Disability Youth Service. Activities include horse riding, interactive media, trips to the beach and creative arts.

Charlton Athletic Community Trust Short Breaks

The Trust will be offering a range of activities on the new programme for young people with disabilities ages 13-19 (and up to 25 where part of a support plan). This is a chance for them to interact with others, whilst developing a range of skills.  

Transport is provided for the young people to and from the facility each day. Activities to date have included bowling, swimming, day trips to the beach and an animal experience centre 

Term time weekends: This programme takes place every Saturday in blocks of six weeks from 9am -2pm. Registration is essential for each block.

 School holidays: The holiday programme takes place on weekdays during school holidays (excluding the summer), from 9am -3pm.

Overnight breaks: Overnight stays take place at local activity centres. Young people are eligible to apply for a place if they have attended the weekend programme or school holiday programmes.

To register contact: Alex Levey (Disability Officer -CACT)
Telephone: 020 8850 2866 (Mondays and Tuesdays only)

Horse riding short breaks with the Royal Borough of Greenwich

Children and young people with special needs and disabilities, living in the Royal Borough of Greenwich, can enjoy horse riding free of charge.

Tuesday evenings: Two ½ hour rides at 4.45pm and 5.15pm (ages 5+). These sessions run after school during term time and each rider gets ten weeks running over one term. These novice classes are suitable for beginners as well as those who have ridden before.

Pony mornings: These are one-off sessions for two hours held at Easter and Summer. The Summer session will run on Thursday 13th August from 10.30am to 1.30pm (ages 8). From these sessions, young people will learn to ride, groom and take care of horses.

Weekend lessons: Six places on our regular mainstream rides are offered to young people who are more able riders that we feel would benefit from a more challenging environment. The riders for these places will have already attended the Centre and been assessed and recommended for these sessions. The place will be every weekend for a six-month period and anyone taking these places must be willing to commit to attending regularly.

Riding hats will be provided however, suitable footwear is not provided – Wellington boots are acceptable but trainers are not safe.

These horse riding services are free of charge to riders and will take place at: New Lodge Centre, Mottingham Lane, Eltham, SE9 4RW

Contact: Hilary Crawford
Telephone: 020 8851 6447

Short Breaks with Greenwich Toy Library

Greenwich Toy And Leisure Library Association (GTLLA) is running a short breaks programme for children with disabilities/complex needs who live in Greenwich (aged 5-12). The activities are designed to meet the interest of a wide range of children. All sessions are run be qualified teachers, instructors and therapists as well as volunteers with full DBS checks. Siblings can join in with the school holiday activities, but this is subject to availability of places.

Term time activities

Activity sessions for children on the autistic spectrum: Every other Saturday, consisting of a morning session (10am-12pm) or an afternoon session (1pm-3pm). Parents will need to drop off and collect their child. Children have access to sensory studio, interactive media centre, bouncy castle and ball pool.

Play Days: every Saturday from 11am-4pm*. Transport will be provided to collect and drop off children planned activities are to include trips to museums, parks, local wildlife centres, city farms and zoos.

School holiday activities

Holiday activity weeks: Monday-Friday, with morning session (10am-12pm) or afternoon sessions (1pm-3pm). Children will participate in a themed activity (art, music, drama or sport) and have access to sensory studio, interactive media centre, bouncy castle and ball pool.

Holiday play scheme: Transports is provided to collect and drop off children. Planned activities are to include trips to museums, park, local wildlife centres, city farms and zoos.

Monday-Friday, 11am-4pm*

Overnight stays: One night from 4pm-10am, with an activity provided, and transports to collect and drop off children.

*Times may vary

 All children accessing the Short Breaks programme will need a child profile before booking a session; priority will be given to those who have not previously accessed the service.

Greenwich Toy And Leisure Library Association is located at: Newhaven Gardens, Eltham, London, SE9 6HQ 

To register contact: Deborah Cavill
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