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 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.

We run a number of different clubs from the centre for different age ranges including:

Ashdown Siblings Club

Ashdown Siblings Club offers sessions in the school holidays to the siblings of the disabled children who are already using our Ashdown Centre services and are aged 5 or over.

The service was launched in 2007 after parents and carers said they found it hard to divide time equally between their children when one of them has disabilities or additional needs.

What we offer

The sessions are themed activity days and outings with staff enabling the children to meet others in the same situation as themselves, have fun and relax.

Activities have included circus skills workshops, cooking, crafts, free play, games, puzzles, parties and bowling.


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 Ashdown Siblings

"The Ashdown centre is like a lifeboat, expertly steered by two special ladies - Charlotte and Natalie - who have taken the individual needs of our children and carefully developed structured sessions that meet each boys' specific needs, gives them more confidence and has created unforgettable memories." Mark Scott, father of Ashdown Siblings users


Spaces are limited. To find out more about session fees and availability please contact the Ashdown Centre on 01903 528607 or contact us here.  

Where to find us

6-8 Ashdown Road
West Sussex
BN11 1DF


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