About the Ashdown Centre

The Ashdown Centre has been running since 1998 and provides respite services for families of children and young people with disabilities and additional needs. It offers stimulating, fun sessions (for at least 6 hours per month) for more than 100 families in Worthing and its 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.

Ashdown Club: Short Breaks

Our Ashdown Club short breaks on Saturdays and school holidays are for children with a disability and additional needs including Autistic Spectrum Disorders, Cerebral Palsy and Down's Syndrome.

The service runs from the Ashdown Centre which is a safe, stimulating and fun environment with a high ratio of caring, skilled and dedicated staff and one-to-one supervision if required.

What do we offer?

  • Regular breaks for at least 6 hours are offered each month for local families.
  • Our only criterion is that we can meet each child's needs while they are in our care.
  • A range of structured activities is always available including creative play, arts and crafts, books and learning toys, dressing up and role play, games and a home corner.
  • Our sensory room instils feelings of calm and relaxation with soothing lights, bubbles and music.
  • Our school holiday sessions offer full day themed events, including outings and activities. These are booked in advance and on a first come, first served basis.

An Ashdown Centre user in a harness zipline

When does it run?

Saturdays and school holidays

Where to find us

Ashdown Centre, 6-8 Ashdown Road, Worthing, West Sussex, BN11 1DF


Families are eligible to access short breaks funded services if they receive (or would be eligible if applied) for the middle or high rate care component of Disability Living Allowance (DLA).  Self-Assessment forms are available from Ashdown on request if you do not already receive DLA.

This service is supported by West Sussex County Council funding and other generous sponsors enabling these special days to generally be available at no extra cost to families other than the standard session fee.

What people say about the Ashdown Club

"Ashdown Club has been a life saver to me and my family. I know that without fail for at least one Saturday a month that my son is going to be being extremely well cared for and stimulated, not frowned upon for his own special habits and unique ways with such dedicated and friendly people. Ashdown is like being a part of one big happy family, I simply don't want it to ever end.  I have been extremely blessed to have been a part of Ashdown." Lisa, mother of club member


Spaces are limited so to find out more about costs and availability please contact the Ashdown Centre on 01903 528607 or contact us here.


We also offer small grants for people with disabilities who live locally (Worthing, Adur or Arun). Please click here for more information.