The Family Play & Respite Club provides sports, games, puzzles, arts and craft work and other activities for children aged 5 to 16 years with learning disabilities. However, there are also places in the club for any non-disabled siblings of those who attend meaning parents can book both their disabled and non-disabled children into the club allowing them the opportunity to secure some regular respite for themselves.
The club meets at Prince Avenue Academy and Nursery in Hornby Avenue, Westcliff-on-Sea, every Saturday during term time. There are two sessions every Saturday, 8.45am to 11.45am and then 12pm to 3pm. The club is staffed by one co-ordinator and several other assistants, together with a few dedicated volunteers.
The club also provides a number of sessions during the majority of the school holidays, which are also based at Prince Avenue Academy and Nursery.
Each session costs £6 and each child must be booked into the sessions they wish to do. Providing it is not too tiring for the child, all day bookings are also available at a cost of £12.
Although the cost for attending each session is one of the lowest in the area, the society fully understands that it may still prove too much of a financial strain for families on a very low income. As such, the society encourages families who are unable to cover the cost of the activities to contact us on (01702) 341250 as Southend Mencap is committed to ensuring that no child will be excluded from this club purely for financial reasons.
The society is very grateful to BBC Children In Need who not only funded the Family Play & Respite Club for a period of three years from April 2012, but they have also agreed to provide continuation funding for a further three years from March 2015 providing this club with the financial security to continue to grow and benefit children with all forms of learning disabilities through until March 2018. Southend Mencap wishes to thank BBC Children In Need for their fantastic support and assistance to our Family Play & Respite Club and all the students who have and will continue to receive the benefits of attending.
To view the latest booking form for the Family Play & Respite Club, please go to our Flyers page and click on the Play & Respite photo.