About Short Breaks

Short Breaks are activities for children and young people with physical or health impairments and learning difficulties. They allow a disabled child or young person to have an enjoyable break away from their main carer, and give their carer a break from their caring responsibilities. Wandsworth Hearing Support Service takes a holistic view of children and young peoples' development. We therefore deliver a comprehensive programme of after school and weekend activities to develop children's independence and well being.

As part of this we have a varied and dynamic Short Breaks Programme. Short Breaks is a government funded initiative and is available to Wandsworth deaf children and their families. Our short breaks service is based on a needs assessment of the sensory impaired child taking into account the voice of these children, young people and their families.


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Our purpose is to:

  • help to develop your knowledge and understanding of subjects related to bringing up a child with a hearing loss
  • provide opportunities to meet other families and make friends
  • share strategies and techniques for helping your child develop their language and communication skills
  • make sure you have the information you need to make informed choices which are right for you and your child
  • To give disabled children and young people enjoyable experiences away from their primary carers, to support their personal development and to reduce social isolation
  • To give parents and families a break from caring for their disabled children

Short Breaks Services:

  • Holiday play schemes
  • Specialist after school clubs
  • Specialist weekend activities
  • After school and weekend clubs based at universal setting
  • 1 to 1 outreach 

For more information on our short breaks please contact us.

Early Years Phase

Our Early Years Programme is designed to support you and your child, through fun, friendly classes. Enjoyment is a big part of all learning and particularly, early learning. Having fun motivates and inspires young children to develop inquiring minds and to become the best learners and communicators they can be. Sharing experiences with family members is a great way to learn so we hope to see you and your child there.


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Primary Phase

The enrichment programme includes activities such as art club, fun food club, holidays, residential trips and much more.  Activities are designed to increase participation and provide children with safe, stimulating activities whilst families enjoy a break or join in as well!

Parents and carers, children and young people have been involved in the shaping of our short breaks and service in a variety of ways. We are always looking at ways to improve short break service so that everyone is given great opportunities.  Specific consultation events have taken place and parents have been included in the decisions around short break provision through a range of meetings and anonymous questionnaires, the results of which feed into our plans. During these consultations we have asked children and parents what the impact of Short Breaks had on their family and the benefit the family unit.  

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Secondary Phase

Our vibrant extra curricular & enrichment programme enables secondary aged pupils from different schools to meet, develop new skills, build confidence and have fun. The enrichment programme includes activities such as rock climbing, theatre trips, driving practical and theory, holidays, residential trips and much more.

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