Thursday 1st March 2018
Charlton Athletic Community Trust (CACT) ran a successful Short Breaks programme for young people with special educational needs and disabilities in the London Borough of Bexley throughout the February half-term.
Asher Agbomabini, one of the young people on the programme, said: “Go-karting is very nice and I had a fantastic time!”
Felicia Ogunde, parent of fellow participant Jesse, said:
“Jesse really enjoyed the half-term activities – as he has always done with this programme any time it’s on. He always looks forward to them.
“The organisation is efficient and reflective of how the young people need to be stimulated and engaged. The activities are highly appropriate for them too.”
The Short Breaks holiday scheme engages young people with disabilities into a range activities in the community, helping 12 to 18-year-old Bexley residents to build new friendships and gain confidence.
Activities included swimming, bowling, go-karting, indoor climbing and a tour of the London Stadium.
CACT delivered the week-long programme on behalf of the London Borough of Bexley, which it first ran Short Breaks for last summer. CACT also runs Short Breaks on behalf of the Royal Borough of Greenwich.
Participants have a range of special educational needs, from young people with moderate learning difficulties to those with more complex needs.
Steve Bannan, CACT’s Disability & Mental Health Officer, said:
‘’The Short Breaks programme gives young people the chance to do activities with peers they might not get the chance to do otherwise, building new friendships and gaining self-confidence to challenge themselves and have a sense of belonging.
“It’s also important for families to have respite during school holidays, which can be a difficult time for many families. It was great to see so many young people attend and enjoy themselves on the scheme”, he added.
For more information about Short Breaks, including booking details, please contact CACT’s Short Breaks Coordinator Alexandra Levey on 07983 549801 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.