Short Breaks

Short Breaks is a Dorset County Council commission and The Arts Development Company are one of many different providers.

Dorset Short Breaks Transformation LogoThe activities we deliver are arts based and the aim of Short Breaks is to provide parents/carers of children with disabilities (learning or physical) in Dorset, a short break outside of school hours, whilst their children engage in a quality activity in a safe environment.

We have been working with Dorset’s Special Schools and SEND bases of mainstream schools to provide among other activities, after school arts workshops for a period of 10 weeks, led by a professional artist.

This year, as well as working with Yewstock School and Archbishop Wake Primary School, delivering drama workshops with Aimee Smith and Aimee Symes and with Abbey Primary, Shaftesbury delivering animation workshops with James Price, Peter Margerum has also been working with The Thomas Hardye School, ‘Education for Everyone’ group for the last 8 weeks, creating recycled sculptures to brighten up a void between classroom blocks.

Twelve children took part and had a fantastic time, learning new creative skills, making new friendships and gaining in confidence. To mark the end of the experience they organised a presentation and unveiling ceremony, inviting parents to come and see their work. Headteacher, Mike Foley cut the ribbon, officially unveiling the students work and said that they should be really proud of their amazing work, not only brightening up an otherwise dull space, but creating a lasting legacy for the school.

Lorna Rees of Gobbledegook Theatre has also taken her 'Super Heroes' workshop into the school settings of Yewstock and Beaucroft Schools for some after school fun and the BSO have delivered some fantastic creative music workshops at Mountjoy School and Westfield Arts College during the summer holidays.

Here is some more information about Short Breaks providers and activities.

If you are a SENDCo/teacher and would like to organise some Short Break activities to take place at your school, please contact

TADC: 18th Mar 2016