Gateway Card

The Gateway Card is free and gives you access to activities, play schemes and buddy schemes through the short breaks programme

You need a Gateway Card to use any activities funded by our short breaks programme. You will have to show your Gateway Card when booking and attending all activities.

More about short break activities

Who can get a Gateway Card

The Gateway Card is for children and young people who:

  • have a disability and/or additional needs (supporting evidence required)
  • need support to take part in leisure activities
  • are between 0 and 17 years old
  • live in the Hampshire County Council authority area (excludes Portsmouth, Southampton and the Isle of Wight and neighbouring authorities)

To support your application for a Gateway Card, you must provide evidence of eligibility.

  • A letter from family’s General Practitioner (GP), Paediatrician or Health Visitor;
  • A letter from Child’s Teacher/Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo);
  • Evidence of being in receipt of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Personal Independence Payment (PIP);
  • Confirmation of Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP), or;
  • A letter from another associated professional involved with the family, selected from the following list:
  • Professional from Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)
  • Social Worker.

We will not be able to issue you with a new Gateway Card until we have received evidence of eligibility. Evidence can be attached to your online application form or alternatively if you do not have an electronic copy, a paper copy can be sent to the address below.

Please do not send the original documents

If you do not have evidence of eligibility, a template has been produced for the professionals you are in contact with to complete.  This can be used if you do not already have a letter confirming your child’s needs.

Hampshire County Council
Children's Services Department
Contract and Grants Team
3rd Floor, EII Court North
SO23 8UG

Benefits for families
  • It gives you access to range of short break activities
  • You can use it to book community buddies through the buddy scheme
  • It tells activity providers that your child has a disability or additional needs and may need extra support
  • It helps activity providers apply for funding to support your child, such as training, resources and extra staff
  • The information you provide helps us to make sure short breaks are spread fairly across Hampshire
When you register, we will keep your details. This means you won't need to fill out funding forms at each activity your child attend
Cost of activity

You will still be required to pay the standard cost for your child to attend the activity. The Gateway Card will help activity providers apply for funding to cover any additional costs that are required for your child to participate fully.

Register for a Gateway Card

Please note that if you are an existing Gateway Card holder you will need to continue using your existing card up until 31 March 2019. From 1 April you will be required to use and show your new card at all activities your child attends.

All applications must be submitted online as we are no longer able to accept paper based application forms. If you do not have access to a computer, tablet or mobile device, please visit your local library where you can access one free of charge.

Please note that as all existing Gateway Card holder are being asked to reapply, there may be delay in confirming whether or not your child is eligible for a new Gateway Card. We will endeavour to respond to you within 12 weeks.

Lost or missing cards

If you have lost or misplaced the email that contains your digital Gateway Card then please contact the Short Breaks Team, who will be able to re-send you the email containing your card.

Please do not reapply for a new card.

Phone 01962 846399