St Helens SEND Summer Play Scheme 2022

We are pleased to be writing to you to tell you about the Summer Play Scheme that is on offer from St Helens Borough Council.

To ensure we have captured thoughts and feelings of parents and carers we have formed a Task and Finish Group with representatives from Listen 4 Change, St. Helens Parent Carer Forum and the Children with Disabilities Team to help shape the variety of activities on offer this Summer.

To ensure equity of access to the programmes you will required to express an interest directly with each provider. The provider will then allocate places to your child(ren). Please express your interest between the 22nd of June and the 29th of June.

The Offer

The local authority with input from the Task and Finish Group has at this time decided to appoint the following Providers for the Summer Play Scheme:

Vibe UK – age 8-18

Vibe understand the important role that Holiday Season Short Breaks provision has on the lives of young people with SEND & their families.

Their offer focuses upon two main aims:

1) Providing disabled children & young people with Social Opportunities

2) A Programme that combines a range of stimulating activities, that are: safe, fun & give the children opportunities to develop essential Life Skills.

Sessions that can be adapted to meet the individual needs of the young person and has been structured to ensure that ‘Enhanced’ groups have equal access to opportunities; with activities simply adapted to provide for young people’s individual needs.

Sessions on offer

The planned venues to support the delivery of Vibe’s Short Breaks holiday programme will include:

  • Grange Valley Youth Club, Haydock, St Helens WA11 0TT
  • Taylor Park, Regents Rd, Saint Helens WA10 3HX
  • St Helens College, Water St, Saint Helens WA10 1PP

Details of the venues used for each day and of the activities offered can be confirmed by contacting Vibe direct (see contact details below)

Grange Valley

This is a 1:1 provision for those young people who require a more intensive level of support. Maximum group size is 5 young people each day. Activities will be themed around past delivery themes e.g., arts & crafts, sensory play and cookery but will be shaped by the young people and their interests.

Dates for Grange Valley:             

Monday 25th July, 1st August, 8th August, 15th August and 22nd August.

Tuesday 26th July, 2nd August, 9th August, 16th August and 23rd August.


St Helens College or Taylor Park Outdoor Centre

This is a 1:2 provision for SEND young people. Maximum group size is 10 young people each day with 5 staff in each session. Activities will be themed around past delivery themes e.g., arts & crafts, getting outdoors and cookery but will be shaped by the young people and their interests.

Activity across both groups is focused on FUN as well as developing confidence, independence and friendships. Sessions will be focused on the needs and desires of young people.

Dates for St Helens College:        

Wednesday 27th July, 3rd August, 10th August, 17th August and 24th August.

Dates for Taylor Park:                  

Thursday 28th July, 4th August, 11th August, 18th August and 25th August.


Times: All Days 9.30am – 3.30pm

Refreshments: Fruit & Juice will be available throughout the sessions, along with any cooked element (e.g., Cakes). However, given individual dietary restrictions, we recommend a packed lunch is brought with the young people.

Transport: No Transport is provided, other than to access Offsite Visits

To register your initial interest for places;

You can also call Vibe on 0151 673 0500 or email at if you are having any issues.

Please note, all bookings will be subject to an eligibility check and if your child/ young person is eligible your place will be confirmed. Venues are currently subject to final approval, so these dates and venues are provisional.

Vibe Activities could include:

  • Sensory based play
  • Lego Therapy
  • Yoga Class
  • Mindfulness and Relaxation
  • Gardening
  • Multi Sports Games
  • Indoor Rock Climbing
  • Cooking Skills
  • Cake Decorating
  • Photography
  • Bath bomb making
  • Pottery
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Music Session’s
  • Science Experiments
  • Dance and Drama
  • Outside Senses
  • Kicks Football skills
  • “Listen up”
  • Jewellery Making
  • Customising clothing, fashion workshop

Vibe Outdoors:

  • Den building
  • Campfire cooking
  • Canoeing
  • Raft building
  • Bushcraft skills
  • Archery
  • Orienteering
  • Bug Hunt

 Brighter Dayz – Wigan age 5-7 

Venue: 2 Stephens Way, Wigan WN3 6PQ 

Brighter Dayz provides a variety of indoor and outdoor activities to engage and inspire all those with disabilities and Special Educational Needs. At Brighter Dayz, children experience a sense of space and freedom within a safe, supervised environment where they are actively encouraged to take part in activities that build self-confidence, social skills and self-esteem.


Dates for Brighter Dayz

Friday 22nd July, Friday 29th July, Friday 5th August, Friday 12th August, Friday 19th August, Friday 26th August.  


All children that will be accessing Brighter Dayz will firstly need to complete an assessment pack, including risk assessments, which will need returning to Brighter Dayz prior to any session so that they can establish the ratio of staff support needed for your child. Parents can complete the paperwork and make arrangements to visit Brighter Dayz for an assessment before the children commence the sessions. Sessions can be flexible in length to suit the needs of your child.

Please see documents for download :

All About Me

New Child Assessment 

Children attending Brighter Dayz will be required to bring a packed lunch. 

Transport: No Transport is provided


To register an interest please telephone on 01942834363 or email and quote ST HELENS SHORT BREAKS and ask for Emma. Please note, all bookings will be subject to an eligibility check and if your child/ young person is eligible your place will be confirmed.

Criteria and parental contribution

As in previous years the criteria for the SEND Short Breaks Play Scheme is for any child or young person who has a recognised disability and who attends specialist educational provision or receives 25hrs plus funded support in a mainstream school or has an EHC plan.

Due to current financial constraints the Local Authority will be asking for a parental/carer contribution for the play scheme of £6 per session per child. Each child or young person who meets the criteria set out above will receive 33 hours subsidised by St Helens Council for the Play Scheme for the year 22/23 which can be used throughout the year. Outside of the 33 hours parents/carers will need to contribute the full cost to their child/young person’s sessions, if places are available.


Even though the Covid Restrictions have been lifted in the UK since February 2022, we are still being cautious ensuring current Government guidelines are followed.

Please be advised though that we still need to be mindful of any local and national situation with regards to Covid and so there may be unforeseen changes beyond our control.


The purpose of the Local Offer is to enable parents and young people to see more clearly what services are available for children with special educational needs and disabilities in their area, and how to access them.

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