Springboard (Short Breaks Provider)


The Springboard Project offers group based short breaks services for disabled children, teenagers and young adults aged 0 to 25 years in Horsham, Crawley and Worthing.
Springboard Houses in Horsham and Crawley are accessible, inclusive and open for stay and play for all

pSpringboard is a Short Break provider

What we do:

  • 0-6s - Family group for under 6's with a disability. Runs twice a month on Saturday afternoons and Sunday mornings in Horsham/Crawley.
  • 6-12s - Play and activities for disabled children ages 6 to 12. Term time Saturday club and school holiday scheme in Horsham, Crawley and Worthing.
  • 12-18s - Social activities for disabled young people ages 12 to 18. Term time weekday evenings and school holiday scheme in Horsham and Crawley.
  • 18-25s - Social activities for young adults with a disability. Monthly evenings in Horsham and Crawley
  • Stay and play and learn family membership. Our centres in Horsham is open 10 to 5 Monday to Friday term time (School holiday opening varies).

Our users say:

'Saturday/holiday clubs provide much needed respite for us as parents......It's also great for meeting other parents of children with additional needs'. 'We love it here, our family have so much fun making lots of special memories'

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Age Range: 0–25

Wheelchair Accessible?

Free to use?

Requires an application to be completed

Contact Details

01403 218 888


Springboard House,
52 Hurst Road,
RH12 2EP


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  • Posted by localoffer on 17 Feb 17 10:19

    "Grasshoppers Saturday club at Springboard crawley has a 1 year waiting list but I have been told by parents it is more like 2 years. All down to funding of the staff. Shame." Feedback left via the feedback plugin and the posted by the Local Offer Officer.

  • Posted by localoffer on 21 Nov 16 08:56

    "My son went to grasshoppers and then onto buddies, and it was a fantastic resource for him and my family. Opportunities to socialise for children with special needs can be hard to come by, but these groups provide that. It is an invaluable resource and so important. Our children deserve to have fun and meet up with friends, and this can be so difficult due to different needs. They run the risk of becoming isolated if they don't get to access the scheme that springboard offers.

    It is also great for the families of these children to have a very much needed break whilst safe in the knowledge their child is being cared for and having fun.

    Hopefully a group for adults will be set up as these needs don't stop when a young person turns 18. The staff and volunteers are fantastic. My son now sees a lot of them as his friends and it is lovely when we are out and about, if we see them they always stop and have a chat. Something small maybe, but it isn't to him. It makes him feel valued and happy."

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  • Posted by localoffer on 12 Sep 16 15:54

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    "Springboard project is a lifeline in the school holidays. My kids are safe and happy. They get to experience fun days out."

  • Posted by ally1965 on 05 Sep 16 14:39

    My daughter has been going to buddies at Springboard for a couple of years. She loves it, it has given her confidence to go to different places. She looks forward to every outing as she knows she gets support. Best project out there.

  • Posted by thecoplestons on 27 Apr 16 21:23

    My son has been going to Grasshoppers at Springboard for about six months now. He absolutely loves it there, he looks forward to going with no anxiety at all. The staff are brilliant at engaging with the kids and my son always comes home tired (!) and happy.

  • Posted by grainne on 07 Apr 16 12:23

    Buddies Horsham is just fab! My 12 year old loves the activities that she can choose to do. The volunteers that come and support are brilliant as well as all Springboard staff. She has just started Buddies after a long gap since Bunnyhoppers and is enjoying seeing friends from that time as well as slowly making new ones. The safe small steps towards independence have been great for us all and Buddies helps her work towards her own personal goals having fun along the way. She is fearful and anxious about some new things but the welcome, preparation, support and encouragement she gets from Buddies have helped re-enforce the 'I can do it if I try!' message for her. Thank you Buddies.

  • Posted by bashford00 on 22 Mar 16 12:33

    I started taking my daughter to Bunnyhoppers in Horsham when she was 4. At that time we rarely went out as a family because it was so difficult. Now my daughter is nearly 10 and has been going on outings and fun days in with Crawley grasshoppers for nearly 5 years. They provide us with much needed respite and my daughter with new experiences, fun and care. The volunteers and staff are all fantastic. I just wish there were more places like Springboard as we have to travel to get there.

  • Posted by ssutton on 04 Jun 15 20:26

    My daughter has been going now to Springboard for the past 6 years or so. She is now in Buddies and we are very grateful to Springboard, the organisers and all the fantastic volunteers who make it so much fun and are prepared to take our children out into the world for new experiences!!

  • Posted by duffy01 on 03 Jun 15 22:03

    My daughter has been going for a couple of years and really enjoys her time with Grasshoppers. They go on some brilliant day trips in the holidays and the Saturday clubs give her the opportunity to play with other children with additional needs in the area, which is more important now as she no longer goes to school in the county. The staff and volunteers are fantastic.

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