created by Findability Editorial Team published on 13 June 2017

News Bulletin - Summer 2017

Information on special educational needs and disability in Bristol

Welcome to the Findability News Bulletin

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Whilst this new bulletin was correct at the time it was produced, organisations will be updating their summer programmes all of the time. Please visit for the latest information.


Summer Special 2017

The summer holidays will soon be upon us. Please find below, some ideas for what you and your family can do this summer.

  • The Inclusive Play Project Bridging Workers

The IPP Bridging Workers can help to identify short breaks for your child or young person (age 5 – 18) within mainstream community clubs and settings (e.g. brownies, holiday clubs, youth clubs and play provision) and work with these settings to enable them to develop their inclusive practice and meet the specific requirements of your child.

As part of this service we may be able to provide clubs/settings with:

  • Advice and signposting for anything that may enablethe setting to include a particular child or develop their inclusive practice e.g. resources, training, equipment, transport, expert advice.

  • Short term funding for children who may need some extra support whilst they settle in and regular staff get to know about their needs.

  • Funding for 1:1 support for the small number of disabled children who may need ongoing personal assistance to meet their specific requirements.


Contact: The Birth to 25 Service Social care hub on 0117 903 8250



  • Time 2 Share

Time 2 Share has an exciting summer planned for families. We have our usual groups running, along with family activities and day trips. The first Friday of every month is our Zookah group, 16+ which does various fun activities around Bristol. The third Friday is our Dinner Group 12-18 we have a different theme each month.

Family Activities: Picnic and Games at Oldbury Court 27th May, Circus 3rd June, Windmill Farm 17th June, Climbing 19th Aug. The whole family is welcome but places are limited

Day Trips: Avon Valley 30th May, Weston super mare 7th August, St Fagan’s 16th Aug, Bath Park 25th Aug, Cattle Country 29th August

Contact: Nicki at Time 2 Share 0117 941 5868, email


  • WECIL – Out and About Short Breaks

WECIL run Saturday clubs for young people with additional needs aged 13-18 living in the Bristol area, providing a short break for parents and carers. These sessions run every month and during the holidays on 1 or 2 Saturdays per month 10.00am-3.00pm at Hartcliffe Club for Young People BS13 9AE and Hillfields Youth Centre, BS16 4EH. We can provide transport for the young person from their home to the session. We run a variety of activities with the groups both in the youth centres and out on daytrips to various places.

These sessions are part of the ‘Out and About’ programme, which offers a range of services for young disabled people, children and their families to access short breaks aged 5-18, WECIL leads a consortium of organisations that together provide: daytrips, after school clubs, holiday activities, a befriender service and a targeted BME service.


Contact: Kate Young: 0779 5446317 or

Further information:


  • All Aboard Watersports

Have fun on the Avon by joining in with accessible sports like sailing, rowing, canoe paddling and much more. Sessions run all year.

Further information:


  • Access Sports

Access sports have different sports sessions for disabled children and young people, from trampolining to boccia.

Further Information:


  • Elmtree Farm Holiday Club

We welcome school groups to visit the farm and take part in a range of activities for a small charge. We also run a holiday club for young people with learning disabilities, aged 11-18 years old, where they can contribute to all aspects of farm life, develop a variety of skills, and have fun.

Contact: Esther or Keily on 0117 958 6206

Further information:


  • Barnardos Special School Holiday Clubs

If your child attends a special school, they may be able to attend a summer playscheme in their school.

Further information:


  • Bristol Playbus

Playbus have sessions at the adventure playgrounds throughout the summer

Contact: Telephone 0797 3685979

Further information:



Khass provides group activities and fun days out for black and minority families.

Contact: Telephone 0117 955 4070

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  • Action For children

Action for children provide a range of residential holidays for disabled children and young people (aged 5 – 18) who live in the Bristol area.

Contact: Telephone 01934 835968

Further information:


  • National Autistic Society

NAS run a range of events for children and young people with Autistic Spectrum Condition.


Further information:


  • Time2Share

Time2Share will be running some Family Day Trips/activities

Contact: Telephone 0117 941 5868

Further information:


  • Play and Stays

Watch out for Longcross children’s Centre Play and Stay Sessions for disabled children under 5 and their siblings throughout the summer holiday

Further information: and look in the calendar


  • Sense Play and Stays

Sense run play and stay sessions throughout the summer in their fantastic Centre in Kingswood.

Contact: Telephone 0117 967 0008

Further information:


  • Hop Skip and Jump

Hop skip and jump in Kingswood will be running respite (short break) and play and stay sessions over the summer.

Further information:


  • Proof of Disability

To access a carers discounts many businesses will ask you for proof of disability.

All places should accept proof of receiving Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payments.

Some places will accept:

  • A letter of diagnosis

  • Proof of Blue Badge

  • Proof of disabled bus pass

  • The Pink Card

The Pink Card is proof of being registered on Bristol’s Register of Disabled Children. The register helps Bristol City Council to understand where disabled children live in Bristol and what their needs are. This helps the Council to make sure they are providing the right services in the right places.

The Pink Card can be used throughout Bristol as proof of disability. Many different shops and businesses accept the Pink Card.

If you would like to register for a pink card you can find the forms on


And finally . . .

  • Findability

All the information in this newsletter came from Findability. Not all organisations have finalised their summer programs yet. For up to date information about their plans and more fun things to do in Bristol over the summer keep checking Findability’s calendar -





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