Over £1.43 million agreed for Short Breaks Activities

Grants in excess of £1.43 million have been agreed, by Hampshire County Council, for voluntary groups and charitable organisations across the county, to support them in providing activities for children with disabilities and/or additional needs

Jul 11 2019

Councillor Patricia Stallard, the County Council’s Executive Lead Member for Children’s Services and Young People, commented: “We are grateful to the charitable and voluntary sector for the diverse range of activities that they make available across Hampshire. It means that children with disabilities and additional needs can enjoy an activity, while their parents and carers have a break, knowing their children are having fun and are safe. For this reason, I am very pleased to approve this 18-month grant programme.”

The County Council’s Short Break activity grants are awarded to organisations providing activities outside school hours, for children and young people aged 0-17 years, who hold a Gateway Card and live in the Hampshire County Council local authority area. 

Grant funding for 1 October 2019 – 31 March 2021 was prioritised for three types of activity, in response to feedback from children and young people with disabilities and their families, namely holiday clubs; weekend clubs; and youth clubs. Successful applicants include:

In East Hampshire – The Oaks Playscheme;
In Eastleigh – Solent Youth Action;
In Fareham – Let us Play (LUPs);
In Gosport – Enable Ability;
In Hart and Rushmoor – Parkside;
In Havant – Active Kids Holiday Club;
In the New Forest – Scarf;
In Test Valley – Andover and District Mencap;
In Winchester – Lanterns Nursery School Holiday Playschemes.

In addition, £35,000 funding was agreed, to support the Hampshire Parent Carer Network for the financial year (12 months) from 1 April 2020 to 31 March