What is the Short Breaks Prepaid Card?
Short Breaks provide disabled children and young people with an opportunity to spend time away from their parents or carers. Portsmouth City Council’s aim is to offer a range of reliable, local short break provision to enable carers to have a break from their caring responsibilities and to enable children, young people and their families to lead as fulfilling a life as possible and to enjoy, achieve and have access to the same opportunities as others in life.
One of the ways that Portsmouth City Council provides short break leisure, activities and social opportunities to children and young people who have SEND, is through the Short Breaks Prepaid Card.
Who can have a Prepaid Card?
You will be eligible to access the Short Breaks Prepaid Card if you live in Portsmouth and your child is of school/college age, either attending:
- a special school for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities and is under the age of 18.
- a mainstream school/college/post 16 provision and have an Education, Health and Care Plan that specifies full time support (the funding allocated as part of the plan is equivalent to 25 hours or more support in school or 16 hours or more support in college) and is under the age of 18.
If you are unsure of your child’s eligibility, please contact the Short Breaks Officer on 023 9268 8842 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org who will be able to check this for you.
What the Prepaid Card can be used for?
There are a number of ways in which you can use the card. You can use it towards a range of short breaks such as sports/leisure clubs, activity clubs, holiday groups or playschemes, one off activities such as bowling, day ticket to venues (Paultons Park or similar), trips to the cinema/theatre, or maybe even equipment that will help your child to access activities.
Further examples can be found at the bottom of this page by clicking on the Suggested Card Uses Document.
How do you apply?
IMPORTANT NOTE FOR CURRENT CARDHOLDERS: BEFORE APPLYING PLEASE CHECK YOUR BALANCE AS ANY CARDHOLDER WITH MORE THAN £300 ON THE CARD ON THE 31ST MARCH 2020 WILL NOT RECEIVE AN ALLOCATION AND WILL HAVE TO REAPPLY NEXT YEAR.
The card is applied for annually and funds loaded onto the card, including any outstanding balance will have to be used before the 31st March 2021. Any money not used will be recovered back into the prepaid card budget.
As the card lasts for two years, please keep the card for the following year and we will top the card up if we receive an application from you.
Once you are satisfied that your child meets the eligibility criteria for the Prepaid Card you will need to submit your application to Portsmouth City Council.
The form is completed online by clicking here and the closing date is the 10th April 2020, any forms received after this date will not be accepted.
Applications for children who become eligible after the closing date can be made until the 30th September 2020, however a reduced entitlement will be awarded.
If you do not have an email address and access to the internet, please call the Short Breaks Officer who will manage your application. Telephone: 023 9268 8842.
Once you receive your card it must be activated before the money can be loaded onto the card. Please see the instructions below.
If you are not eligible for the Prepaid Card. Portsmouth City Council also funds initiatives specifically designed to meet the needs of children and young people with SEND (special educational needs and/ or disabilities) who require some support to enable them to access leisure activities and social opportunities. These are referred to as ‘Targeted Level 1’ services and include a variety of activities, youth clubs and holiday schemes. For further details visit the short breaks page here and scroll down to the Level 1 Targeted Short Breaks section.