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For children and young people with disabilities and/or additional needs

Register for a Gateway card

What is the Gateway Card?

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The Gateway Card is free and will give you access to activities, play schemes and buddy schemes available through our short breaks programme.

You can register online for a Gateway Card.

There are many benefits:

  • it gives you access to range of short break activities

  • you can use your Gateway Card to book buddies through our buddy scheme

  • when you register, we will keep your details so you do not need to fill out funding forms at each activity your child attends

  • it identifies to activity providers that your child has a disability and/or additional needs and may require support to access activities

  • it helps activity providers apply for funding to support your child, such as training, resources and additional staff

  • the information you provide helps us plan short breaks so that there is a fair distribution across Hampshire

  • it helps us to work with activity providers to provide you with additional benefits, such as free places for carers andattendance to autism friendly cinema screenings and more.

Who is the Gateway Card for?

The Gateway Card is for children and young people who:

  • have a disability and/or additional needs and may require support to participate in leisure and recreation activities

  • are between 0 to 19 years old

  • live in Hampshire and/or attend a school in Hampshire (excluding Portsmouth, Southampton and the Isle of Wight as they have similar schemes).

Gateway Card for activity providers

If you are an activity provider, information is available about how you can benefit from the Gateway Card.

Can we access short breaks without a Gateway Card?

You will be required to register for a Gateway Card to use any activities funded by our short breaks programme and you will need to show activity providers your child’s Gateway Card when booking/attending.

Will we still have to pay for short break activities when we use the card?

You will have to pay the standard cost for your child to attend the activity. The Gateway Card will help activity providers apply for funding to cover any additional costs that are required for your child to participate fully.

How do we register for a Gateway Card?

  • You can register for a Gateway Card by completing the online registration form

  • You can complete form on the Gateway Card leaflet and return it to:
    Hampshire County Council
    FAO Short Breaks for Disabled Children's Team
    Children's Services Department
    FREEPOST (SCE11221)
    Winchester
    Hampshire
    SO23 8ZZ

How can we let you know if something changes?

If you move house, your child moves school or you change your email address please let us know by emailing shortbreaks@hants.gov.uk or giving us a call on 01962 846399.

Gateway Card leaflet

You can also download this information as a leaflet.

Contact us

To find out more about short breaks, email shortbreaks@hants.gov.uk or call 01962 846399.

 

Gateway Card

Register online for a Gateway Card for access to activities, play schemes and buddy schemes available through our short breaks programme.

Gateway Card information for activity providers

If you are an activity provider, information is available about how you can benefit from the Gateway Card.