A scheme that provides short breaks and leisure opportunities for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities is open for applications until the end of this month.

Wiltshire Council subsidises the options available and families pay some contribution towards the overall costs as part of the scheme. The scheme is open for those eligible and aged 6–18 years, and this year’s scheme runs from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021.

Options include a lump sum, paid to families to organise their own activities, which could include swimming or riding lessons, trips out or play equipment. The second option is for 84 hours of Barnardo’s Activity Clubs, which are held across a range of venues with three or six hour sessions, or day trips. The third option is a combination of up to 42 hours of organised Barnardo’s activity clubs with a smaller lump sum for activities organised by the family.

Details of the scheme, can be found on the Wiltshire Parent Carer Council website and in the Short Breaks Scheme Leaflet.

Applications for the scheme must be received by Saturday 29 February 2020 and all applications need to be made via the Wiltshire Council online form.

People can use an online tool that has been developed by the Wiltshire Parent Carer Council to clarify eligibility for the scheme.

If you do not have access to the internet or you need some help to make an application or clarify eligibility, people can call the Wiltshire Parent Carer Council on 01225 764647 and they will be happy to help.