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 a high level of support 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: email@example.com 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?
Applications closed on the 15th April.
Applications will reopen in August for children who become eligible between the 15th April and the 30th September 2022. You can either check this page from the 16th August or email your details to firstname.lastname@example.org to be placed on a waiting list. Please be aware a reduced entitlement will be awarded.
What if I’m not eligible?
Portsmouth City Council also fund 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.