We run a number of regular clubs and groups throughout Cambridgeshire for children and young people with disabilities including specialist clubs for young people with Autistic Spectrum Disorders.

Saturday Clubs

We run four fortnightly clubs at Castle School in Cambridge for children and young people with Autistic Spectrum Disorders and other learning and physical disabilities.

These run for 48 weeks per year, with a week’s break at Easter and Christmas and two weeks break in the summer.  They run for 3 hours on Saturday mornings from 9.30am-12.30pm.  Children attend fortnightly (24 weeks of the year).

The Sunshine Club, established in 2001, was set up through a partnership between Parents and Carers, The National Autistic Society, Umbrella Autism, Crossroads Caring for Carers and Social Services.  The Club offers a safe caring environment to young people aged 5-11 years who live in Cambridge City, South & East Cambridgeshire with Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASDs).

Sunshine Yellow (age 5-11 years)

This specialist group is held on alternate Saturdays and was set up in 2001.  It offers children a safe, caring and fun environment in which they are able to flourish.  Activities include art and crafts, outdoor play, sensory stimulation and cooking.  (To comply with OFSTED registration children are eligible to attend the August after their 5th birthday).

Saturday Club – C3 (age 11-19 years)

This specialist group is held on alternate Saturdays for secondary aged young people.  Activities are led by its members and staff, focussing on independence and social skills, including trips out to shops, leisure activities, using public transport, home skills and cooking.

Sunshine Blue (age 5-11 years)

This group is held on alternate Saturdays, and was set up parallel to our Yellow group.  It is for children with disabilities who do not need to access specialist services, enabling them to enjoy a safe and fun environment in which to build on their social development.  Activities include art and crafts, team building games and outdoor play, shopping and cooking.  (To comply with OFSTED, children are eligible to attend the August after their 5th birthday).

Saturday Club – C2 (age 11-19 years)

This non-specialist group is held on alternate Saturdays for secondary aged young people with disabilities.  The direction of the group is led by its members and staff and focuses on independence and social skills, which may include trips out to shops, leisure activities, using public transport, home skills and cooking.

St Neots Stars (age 8-19 years)

This is a specialist group for children and young people with autism, other learning and physical needs.  The group is attended fortnightly and offers a safe and caring environment for those living in Huntingdonshire, with activities designed to enhance a range of skills and encourage choice, socialisation and independence.  The direction of the group is led by the young people together with the staff team and includes trips out to shops and local amenities, leisure activities, sensory and art activities, home skills and cooking.  The group runs for three hours on alternate Saturday mornings.

Ely Group (age 5-19)

This specialist group is run at Highfield Special School for children and young people with autism, other learning and physical needs.  The group offers a safe and caring environment for those living in East Cambridgeshire and Fenland with activities designed to enhance a range of skills and encourage choice, socialisation and independence.  The direction of the group is led by the young people together with the staff team and includes trips out to shops, leisure activities, using public transport, home skills and cooking.

The group runs for two hours (10am-12pm) every other Saturday morning during term time.

How to apply for a place

The number of places available varies from group to group and places must be booked in advance.

Referrals to all the groups are made via the Cambridge County Council Contact Centre Children & Young People’s Services rather than through Carers Trust Cambridgeshire. They will discuss with you the eligibility criteria and funding for the appropriate group.

If you are interested in a place, please contact them on 0345 045 5203.

View Cambridgeshire County Council’s Short Breaks Duty statement.

Want to know more?

We welcome the chance to discuss what goes on at the groups and the activities available in more detail with you, either before or after you have made a referral through the contact centre. Please contact the Children’s Team on 01480 499090/0345 241 0954 or email care@carerstrustcambridgeshire.org.

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