Short breaks and activities for disabled children and young people

All young people in Bolton should be able to access universal play and leisure activities, for example parks, playgrounds, entertainment and sports facilities. 

Short breaks provide a specialist service which aims to support disabled children and their families, over and above those opportunities available to all families.  They include services which you may think of as ‘respite care’, but ‘short breaks’ is a better way of describing support from which both children and parents benefit. 

Who can have a short break?

Short breaks are available to disabled young people in Bolton aged 0 to 18 and their families.  Short breaks have two main aims: to provide a break from caring to support a parent or carer to continue to look after their child in the long term; and to enable disabled children to participate in safe, fun and interesting activities.  Short breaks vary from a few hours in a supported activity to overnight stays with another family or in a residential setting.  You can find more information, take a look at the Short Breaks Guidance.

Bolton Short Breaks Services Statement 2016

Read our Short Breaks Services Statement where you can find out about our duty to provide short breaks, from caring to assisting parents and carers with parental responsibility who provide care for disabled children.

Bridges activ8

activ8 have recently increased their provision for young people with disabilities and would like to encourage new young people who are interested in drama, theatre and the arts to get involved. They deliver inclusive & exclusive drama sessions for young people aged 5-25. If you would like more information about any of the projects please see the Downloads section of this page, or to book a place please contact activ8 on 01204 556501 or email

ACC Masters

BRIDGES are delighted to be teaming up with Lancashire County Cricket with the aim to provide some coaching sessions and to develop a cricket club for disabled young people in Bolton. The aim is to start progress on the club over the summer holidays. If you are aged 11 – 18 years and fancy yourself as a cricket player, or maybe to just have a go at a great sport then phone Iain Massingham on 01204 337176 or email to register your interest.


Aspirations is a group dedicated to young people aged 12 – 19 years old, with Asperger’s Syndrome. This group offers fantastic activities for children and young people and also have a weekly 3 hour activity and monthly social skills group that are funded by Bolton Council.

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Children with Disabilities Team

Castle Hill Centre

Castleton Street



Telephone 337108

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