About the short breaks consultation
We've paused our special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) short break activities consultation, due to the COVID-19 national emergency, as many families have other priorities at this time.
We're proposing a new funding and delivery model for non-residential short breaks for children and young people with special educational needs and / or disabilities (SEND) and their families.
We have defined non-residential short breaks as all social, leisure and play activities that are organised by charities, us and other local groups.
This includes activities after school, at weekends and during school holidays ranging from 30 minutes to full days (not overnight).
The aim of the new model is to improve the range and geographical spread of options for families whilst maintaining a degree of funding stability for organisations.
We currently provide grant funds to six organisations:
- Autism Bedfordshire
- Bedford and District Cerebral Palsy Society (BDCPS)
- Families United Network (FUN)
- Special Needs out of School Club (SNOOSC)
- Leighton Buzzard Mencap
- Bedford Mencap
We are proposing a grant funding process that will enable all relevant, local, organisations to bid for funding.
We believe these changes will provide more choice and locations for children, young people and families to access social, leisure and play activities.