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Hertfordshire's SEND Local Offer

We've arranged activities for children and young people across the county. These are available through the Short Break Local Offer

The Brokerage team or KIDS HUBs can provide further information to support you.Watford and District Mencap - Buddying Service

You might find activities that suit you in the Watford or Hertsmere pages

Phoenix Group for Deaf Children and Young People

The Phoenix Group supports deaf children, young people and their families, through fun and informative activities, which aim to promote independence and develop friendships. As a user-led charity, the Short Breaks activities will vary, depending on what the children and young people would like to do. Previous activities have included:

Ice Skating, Swimming, Relaxation, Farm visit, Horse Riding, Crazy Golf, Danger Den, Dragon Boating CookingClimbing/High Ropes, Bowling, Sports, Overnight Residential Activities, Trampolining, Arts and Crafts, Football …and many more

Age:  8-18 years

Venues: The Phoenix Centre, Stevenage (acoustically treated) 2-6 The Hyde, Stevenage, SG2 9SE and other activity centres across Hertfordshire

Session Duration: 3-5 hours               

When:  School holidays and occasional Saturdays

Contact details 01438 722142 or 07856 776530


Action for Children @ Herts Young Mariners

This service is for young people with disabilities aged 12 -18 years based at Herts Young Mariners Base in Cheshunt.  The service offers an exciting choice of adventurous activities including archery,canoeing, climbing, caving and paddle boarding. Young People who attend will be supported to try activities they may not have tried before and they will need to be able  to follow simple instructions for their own and others’ safety. They will be part of a larger group of up to approx. 12 young people, so this will be an opportunity to make friends. 

For more information please either contact
Action for Children or for more information about the Young Mariner’s Base please visit the website

Date12th February 2018

The age range the service will work with 12- 18

Venue Young Mariners 231 Windmill Lane Cheshunt EN8 9AJ

 The length of each session to be offered 6 Hours

Contact details 07736 093563


Watford and District Mencap - Buddying Service

he buddying service will provide fully trained staff to support children and young people to access mainstream activities such as scouts, ballet etc. 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. Alongside this support, Watford Mencap’s staff member will coach and inform the activity staff member to understand the support needed by the young person. The activity staff will receive extensive training enabling them to support children and young people with a wide range of needs, something volunteers would not be expected to be able to do. This training will also enable them to provide advice and solutions to mainstream activities enabling them to learn and support more children and young people with special needs. Mainstream activities will be encouraged to support the young people themselves in time but the service will remain available to them should they require advice.

Age: 5 – 19 years

3 hour section

Contact details: 01923 220816