Districts: Across Hertfordshire
Specialism: Deaf/ hard of hearing children and young people
- Cooking sessions with Laura
Specialism: Special education needs/ASD/LD
- Sensory stories (stories are signed, symbolled and also delivered in activity packs to families e.g. learn to draw a video)
- Para dance
- Arts and crafts
- Playscheme get together
Find activities via North Herts CVS Youtube channel
North Herts and Stevenage Breakaway holiday clubs
The clubs will provide an informal setting to support children and young people to undertake enjoyable activities and interact with their peers, whilst providing an opportunity for parents/carers to have a break.
- For children and young people aged 5 - 19 with behaviours that challenge
Taking place at:
- St Nicholas School (Stevenage)
- Greenside School (Stevenage)
Daily Activities to include:
- Arts and Crafts
- Bouncy castle
- Music and karaoke sessions
Older ages will undertake more age-appropriate activities, focusing on developing life skills.
NHCVS Breakaway Saturday Club
The club will provide activities and opportunities for children to socialise with their peers either individually or as a group
- for children aged 5-13 years with behaviours that challenge
- AM Session – 9.30am to 12pm (for younger children)
- PM Session – 1pm to 3.30pm (for older children)
Taking place at:
- St.Nicholas C of E Primary School (Stevenage)
Districts: St Albans, Dacorum, Welwyn Hatfield and some activities in Hertsmere
Specialism: LD of varying severity, physical or sensory disabilities and/or behaviours that challenge
Children and young people will enjoy a wide choice of risk assessed and fun activities. Friendship with other users will be encouraged and supported and chill out time encouraged. Wherever possible engagement with the mainstream community will be encouraged and supported where required.
SNAP Holiday Club
Holiday clubs will only be running at Watling View School St Albans, and Hobbs Hill Wood School in Hemel Hempstead
Independent Living Services
This session will start as a Buy-Cook-&-Eat session and will develop to focus on other Independent Living Skills, reflecting the interests of the individuals attending.
- Once a week evening activity, time to be confirmed
- For ages 14 - 19 years
Taking place at:
- Unit 5 181a Verulam Road, St Albans, AL3 4DR
SNAP Virtual Offer
Contact us to find out about our online activities.
Districts: Watford, Hertsmere, Three Rivers
Specialism: LD of varying severity and can support additional needs such as epilepsy, gastrostomy
- Online group activities
- 1:1 buddying
- Social events
Advice service - 01923 713 632
Help and support for:
- A friendly call
- Getting support
- Where to find relevant information
- Basic essentials
- Applying for benefits
- Housing issues
- Online activities
Monday to Friday 8am - 8pm, and Saturday and Sunday 10am - 4pm.
Watford Mencap Holiday Activity Schemes
This service is spread across each holiday, offering a variety of activities for a wide range of ages and abilities.
- For ages 5 -19 years
- Sessions are 10am - 3pm
- Venue to be confirmed
Contact Watford Mencap directly for dates
Watford Mencap Weekend Activities and Watford Youth Club
- For children and young people with a learning disability aged 5 – 19 years
- runs on various Saturdays throughout the year
- Children will be split unto 2 bubbles and a total of 6 sessions will be offered to each group/bubble
Watford Mencap Buddying Service
The buddying service will provide fully trained staff to support children and young people with a learning disability aged 5-19. The service will match staff to the interest of the young person they are supporting. The support could be offered for a short time or on a longer-term regular basis and will be offered to families as per interest.
Districts: St Albans and Dacorum
Specialism: LD and ASD, behaviours that challenge, PMLD and other additional medical needs
SEN Venture provides activities such as arts and crafts, indoor sports activities, sensory play and has access to a playground with apparatus and a soft play room. SEN Venture is located in Breakspeare School - a purpose built school for children and young people with SEND.
The team provides support for children and young people aged 5-18.
Saturday Club and Holiday Club
- For ages 5 - 18 years
- Sessions are 9.30am - 3.30pm
Taking place at:
- Breakspeare School (Abbots Langley)
SEN Venture is offering Playscheme with on-site activities.
Booking Page | SENventure
Shared care is family-based care that provides short breaks to disabled children and young people. The scheme specifically recruits carers to support children who have additional needs. Our carers are from a wide variety of ethnic, religious and cultural backgrounds. They can be individuals or couples, male or female, with or without children and may have pets, some carers work and others may be retired.
All carers complete training before they are approved, will have a DBS and will continue to have regular supervision and training updates from members of the shared care team. When a service is offered each carer is closely matched to fit the needs of the child.
The breaks can be provided:
• In the child’s home as a sitting service to enable parents to go out/ have some free time, or
• As day care in the carers home, or
• Out in the community to access activities.
The support package (40hrs per annum) can be used flexibly depending upon the availability of the carer and negotiated between the family and carer to include weekdays and/or weekend support, or used during the school holidays.
This service provides peace of mind for parents, knowing their child is being properly looked after whilst away from them. It also provides the young child/person with some independence and gives them the opportunity to have fun, develop new relationships and access the community.