Short breaks for all families of children with SEND

Short breaks services for all families of children with SEND available without an assessment.

Read about other short breaks that require a social care assessment.


The Cherish service is run by Brighton & Hove City Council. It provides specialist evening activities and holiday day-trips to young people aged 16 to 25 with moderate or severe learning difficulties. A contribution is made towards the costs of these services. For more information call 01273 295171.


Extratime provides inclusive, high quality and affordable out-of-school activities for children and young people aged 5-25 years old with and without disabilities in Brighton & Hove, West Sussex and the surrounding area. This includes after-school clubs and a youth club during term-time and play and youth schemes during the School holidays.

They are committed to offering children and young people with disabilities the same, age-appropriate activities that their non-disabled peers have access to. Children and young people are supported to play, communicate and socialise together, have fun and try new things, regardless of their ability.  High staffing ratios provide each child and young person with the specialist care and support they need, including one to one support wherever it’s needed.

Visit the Extratime website for more information or email them on or call 01273 420580.

Amaze runs Brighton & Hove’s register of children with disabilities, The Compass, which helps us to plan services. Registration is voluntary, and anyone registering will receive a Compass Card. This is a leisure card which provides discounts and special offers for a huge range of leisure activities across the city, such as swimming, cinema, bowling, and more. To be eligible for a Compass Card, children need to be under 25, with a special educational need or disability that has a significant effect on their daily life and living in Brighton & Hove or going to school in Brighton & Hove. In general children on the Compass either have a an Education, Health and Care Plan or Statement of special educational needs or are in receipt of Disability Living Allowance.  To find out more about the Compass or to apply for a card, call the Amaze helpline on 01273 772289 or visit The Compass Card website

The Carers' Card

If you are a parent carer of a child with special or additional needs you may be entitled to a Carers' Card (If your child has a Compass Card from Amaze and is under 18 you will qualify automatically).  A Carers' Card offers discounts on a range of activities across the city to help you to look after your own health and wellbeing. Get information on when and how to use it, by calling the carer's team on (01273) 295153 or visit the Compass Card website for information about the Carers' Card.

All-Terrain Beach Wheelchairs For Hire

We have two super all-terrain wheelchairs for use on our beaches, which can be booked in advance. They are free to use with a refundable deposit. Read all about the beach wheelchairs in our leaflet (PDF 317KB).

To find out more about any of these services, you can contact:

Children's Disability Service
Children and Families
Seaside View Child Development Centre
Brighton General Hospital
Elm Grove
Tel: 01273 265825