Aspens Children and Young People's Service (Short Break Provider)


Offering children and young people with autism and related conditions, who may or may not demonstrate challenging behaviour, the opportunity to develop the skills required to become independent and confident young people. We offer a range of support and activities as listed below to young people aged 8-18 years living in West Sussex who may be in or out of education, facing social isolation or unable to access group-based activities.

What we do:

  • Service for children and young people with autism spectrum conditions. Offering a wide range of activities, giving the same access to these as their mainstream peers but with the benefit of specialised support.
  • School Holiday Activity Days, Arun School Holiday Club, Transition to Adulthood Groups 14-18 years, Enhanced Support Groups, Family Activity Sessions, Buddy Support, Enhanced Support and Youth Engagement.
  • After an application is received, an assessment is carried out before a support session can begin. We then match children and young people with the most suitable club setting or support worker available.
  • West Sussex Short Breaks funding: Enhanced Support Groups £9.00 per session, Holiday Activity Days £3.00 per hour + activity costs, Holiday Clubs £3.00 per hour, 14-18 Transition to Adulthood Groups £3.00 per hour + activity costs.
  • 1-1 outreach sessions offer access to a fun activity of the child/young person's choice, within the community or home environment, with support from a trained member of staff to accompany them. Providing respite for the parent/carers.

Our users say:

"..a Short Break allows me to spend quality time with my other children. Aspens has had a huge impact on our family, before their involvement I felt isolated and exhausted" - Quote from a parent whose child attends one of our Saturday clubs.

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Age Range: 8–18

Wheelchair Accessible?

Free to use?

Requires an application to be completed

Contact Details

01243 214 120


1st Floor Office, Rear of 27-29 Beach Road,
BN17 5JA


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