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Short Breaks clubs help children and young people:

  • take part in activities away from their family
  • make friends
  • try new things.

It also gives families the chance to do things they may not usually do or just have time for themselves.

Activities include:

  • After-school, holiday and weekend clubs
  • Sports
  • Arts and crafts
  • Outdoor activities
  • Drama and music clubs

To take part, your child or young person must:

  • Registered with Short Breaks and be in receipt of their unique passport id number

All children and young people who are registered will be assessed before they attend any clubs and activities.


You will be expected to pay for:

  • general leisure activities
  • sports clubs
  • hobby-based activities
  • out of school activities
  • art and drama clubs
  • uniformed groups like Scouts

You will not have to pay for support your child receives to help them take part in activities.

All clubs will ask for a financial contribution. This may be in the form of an hourly or daily rate. This will depend on the activities the clubs are running. For example, trips to theme parks will cost more that club-based activities.

Updated offer coming soon

The current contracts for Short Breaks Community Clubs and Activities end on 31 March 2023.

Further details about locations, types of activities and how to take part will be published on this page, on our Facebook page and emailed to all registered families as soon as it is available.

You can find out more about the new providers in our news article.

Read our frequently asked questions (PDF, 189kb) for more details about the process and providers.

Get in touch with a provider (until 31 March 2023)

Contact any of these providers to arrange access to their club or activities.

Provider Name Types of club Full address of each club (If different) Age range Days run Times run Contact number Contact email Lead name at club for contact Facebook link if applicable
Accuro Activity clubs, Holiday schemes and youth groups Uttlesford, Epping, Harlow and Loughton 08 - 19yrs Various Various 01279 870297 Lesley Harris,
Maria Flynn,
Rhiannon Blake, Lucy Hammond
Accuro (Care Services)
BOSP Saturday and Holiday Clubs Pioneer School, Ghyllgrove, Basildon, SS14 2LA 04 - 18yrs Saturdays (Term time)
Mon-Fri (School Holidays)
10am - 3.30pm 01268 553117 Sarah Pearce (Services Manager)
Butterflies Clubhouse sessions and day trips 7a Eldon Way, Hockley SS5 4AD 05-18yrs Varies each term   Various 07884700124 Stef Parry
Ceder Hall School-Splat Club Holiday Club and Trips and Outings Cedar Hall School Hart Road Thundersley Benfleet Essex SS7 3UQ 08 - 19yrs 8 days in summer school holidays 10am-3pm 07476 767291 Mrs Sharon Hoy N/A yet
Columbus School Holiday, after school,youth and Saturday clubs School Campus, Oliver Way, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 4ZB 03 - 19yrs, 10-16yrs,16 - 19yrs, 06 - 16yrs Various Various 07531 846988 Sarah Lambert
diddi dance After School Club,
Weekly Online Session,
Specific (wheelchair) session, Seasonal
Copford Village Hall. Copford Village Hall. School Road, Copford, Colchester, Essex, CO6 1BX. Up to age 15 Various Various 07722 605 395 Charlotte Foxley
Edith Borthwick School Happy Bananas  Enterprise Dr, Braintree CM7 2YN reception to leavers 1 week in August over summer holidays  9.30am - 2.30pm 01376  529300 Adam Brumby N/A
Epping Forest District Council Trampolining,
virtual session,
Community Sessions, Boxing, holiday clubs, horse riding, soccerability
Debden Park High school, IG10 2BQ all ages Various Various 07552 073827 Will Fordham
Glenwood School Holiday Club Glenwood School, Rushbottom Lane, Benfleet SS7 4LW 05 - 18yrs 22nd-30th July 2021 10am - 3pm 01268 792575 Karen Cavalla  
InterAct Term time evening youth clubs, Community based activities, After School clubs, Online activity, All day holiday trips Chelmsford, Colchester, Braintree, Clacton and a range of community based venues 10 - 18yrs Various Various 01245 608206
Lambourne End Centre for Outdoor Learning Fun days, outdoor activities Lambourne End Centre, Manor Road, Lambourne End, Essex RM4 1NB 8 - 18yrs Weekends or weekends during school holidays, exact dates advertised in advance 11am - 4pm 020 8500 3047 extension 221 Carolan Casey
Little Havens Online music therapy and other virtual events to Little Havens caseload Daws Heath Road, Thundersley, SS7 2LH 0 - 19yrs M,W,F music therapy, other events changeable days N/A 01702 552200 Lindsay Wallman N/A
Market Field School Holiday and after school clubs - school students only Market Field School, School Road, Elmstead Market, Colchester, Essex. CO7 7ET 04 - 16yrs exact school holiday dates advertised closer to holidays. After School Club -
Tuesdays and Thursdays
Varies 01206 825195 Gary Smith N/A
Mercury Theatre SEND Summer School, SEND Move and Groove, SEND Party nights Mercury Theatre, Balkerne Gate, Colchester CO1 1PT 07 - 14yrs Various Various 01206 573948 ext 222 Forest Morgan
Mistley Kids Club After School Club and Holiday Club Mistley Village Hall, Furze Hill, Shrubland Road, Mistley, Essex, CO11 1HS 18yrs-19yrs Monday-Friday 8am - 6pm,
2.30 - 6.30pm
07809 176252 Claire Moss
Mushroom Theatre Company Holiday Club 29 Brook Rd Brook Rd Industrial Estate, Rayleigh SS6 7XJ 4 - 19yrs Tuesdays & Thursdays 9.30am - 2.30pm 07985 422485 Penni Bubb
Phoenix Swimming Club Activity Session Saturday Squad Colchester Leisure World, Cowdray Avenue, Colchester, CO1 1YH 4 - 25yrs   4.30 -6.30pm 07881 370626 Theresa Higgings
Sam's Place After School, Youth Clubs, weekend clubs and Holiday Clubs Harlow Fields School, Tendring Road, Harlow, CM18 6RN 12 - 19yrs
8 - 12yrs 13 -19 yrs
Various Various 07730 750375 Deborah Jackson N/A
SHARE After School Club, Saturday Club, Holiday Club,
16+ Club
The Fryth, Basildon, SS14 3PE 03 - 19yrs,
16 - 25yrs
Various Various 01268 521691 Michelle Westenhofer
Shorefields school After School Club and Holiday Club Shorefields school, 114 Holland Road, CO15 6HF 04-16yrs 3 days after school club for 4 weeks per term, 3-4 days for easter, 5-7 days for summer club 3 - 4.15pm, 9am - 3pm 01255 424412 Leah Smith  
SNAP Afterschool Club and Holiday Club The SNAP Centre, Pastoral Way, Warley, Brentwood Essex CM14 5WF 0 - 25yrs Term-time Monday - Thursday,
Holidays Monday -Friday
Various 01277 211300 Pam Kinsella
Southview School After School Club and Holiday Club Southview School, Conrad Road, Witham, Essex, CM8 2TA 03 - 19yrs 2, Dependent on school holidays, different amount of days depending on time of year. After School - 6pm
Holiday club - 3pm Lisa Ranfield  
Sport for Confidence Activity clubs, Young Person 19+ self-funded and online activity (one hour session) Riverside Leisure Centre, Victoria Road, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 1FG
Witham Leisure Centre, Spinks Lane, Witham, CM8 1EP
6-11yrs and 11-16yrs Thursday and Fridays 4 - 5pm 07394564942 Megan Potts (Occupational Therapist)
The Ark Centre Holiday and weekend clubs and Virtual Sessions 36 Main Road, Harwich, CO12 3LU 02 - 17yrs Tuesday school holidays only, Saturdays 9.30am - 2.30pm 01255 502063 enquiries@thearkcentregroup Roz Birch
Trailnet CIC Inclusive Cycling Thorndon Country Park, Brentwood CM13 3RZ 04-24yrs Saturday 11am to 1pm 01277 218497 Geoff Fletcher