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Short breaks for parents and carers

The Ashdown Centre provides respite from caring, for families of children and young people with special needs and disabilities. Ashdown is open on Saturdays, school holidays, Wednesday evenings for youth and Thursday evenings for young adults.

The Ashdown Club offers stimulating, fun sessions (for at least 6 hours per month) for more than 70 families in the Worthing and surrounding areas.

Our highly trained and experienced staff provide a caring and safe environment for children with a wide range of needs such as physical, developmental, educational, sensory, behavioural or psychological including Autistic Spectrum Disorders, Cerebral Palsy, Down’s Syndrome and ADHD.

Our only criterion is that we can meet each child’s needs when they are in our care. High ratios of skilled and dedicated staff are always available and 1:1 support is optional if required.

West Sussex County Council's 2014 Short Breaks Directory and Statement is available here.

  • Ashdown Club

    Short respite breaks in a safe, stimulating and fun environment for children aged 5-12 with special needs and disabilities.

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  • Ashdown Extra

    Young adults aged 18-30 with learning difficulties meet friends, enjoy activities and have fun for a few hours.

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  • Ashdown Siblings

    Ashdown siblings offers sessions in the school holidays to siblings of our disabled children aged 5 or over.

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  • Ashdown Youth

    Short breaks, one evening per week, for young people (12-18) with special needs in a safe, fun environment

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