Overnights

Overnights are held monthly at our secure and fully accessible Fortune Green Playcentre. Sessions typically run from 11am on Saturday until 11am on Sunday and are themed around natural and sensory play, with the children's interests and abilities at the heart of every activity.

Case Study

Laurie has been attending PACE’s Overnight Adventures for about four years. 3-4 times a year, he stays at Fortune Green play centre over a weekend, giving his parents 24 hours of respite. As with many other families who use the service, this is the only time they get this level of respite.

Read Laurie's Story

What Support is Available?

When you start our Overnights service, we will meet with you and your child to discuss your child's needs, the types of activities they enjoy and how we can best provide support. During sessions your child will be given 1:1 support (or 2:1 if needed).

What Happens at Overnights?

We plan each overnight session to fit the specific needs, likes and dynamics of the group. Please let us know if your child has any particular interests and we will be happy to incorporate them into our plans. We aim to provide each child with the opportunity to grow in independence in a safe, fun and friendly environment.

Children will sleep in small groups inside the Playcentre, with comfortable sleeping bags and camping beds are provided.

Some popular activities include:

• Sensory play

• Natural play

• Arts and crafts

• Storytelling

• Night time torch walks

• Bonfire and barbeque

We will also support your child to develop life skills such as cooking, grocery shopping and night time routines.

Facilities

Sessions are held at our secure and fully accessible Fortune Green Playcentre. Indoor facilities include a large activity area and sensory room. Outdoors, we have extensive play areas including a garden, woodland areas, a multi-sports pitch and adventure playground.

Dates for 2022 

February 26th
March 26th
May 14th
June 11th
July 9th
September 17th
October 15th
November 19th

Dates for 2023 

January 14th
March 18th

For Parents and Carers: How to Access Our Service

Places at our Overnights Service are allocated to eligible parents by Camden CYPDS (Children and Young People Disability Service) following a Short Breaks Panel meeting.

In order to apply for Short Breaks, you will need to fill in a a Self-Assessment Referral Tool (SART) Form (a professional such as a social worker, health professional or school SENCo can help you with this if required). You should then send the completed form alongside an annual review/clinical letter from a health professional or school to [email protected].  Once Camden Council has received your SART form, they will consider your eligibility for Short Breaks, this will include liaising with professionals stated on the form.

If you are already confirmed as eligible for Short Breaks and are interested in accessing our services, please speak to your allocated social worker or Camden Children and Young People with Disabilities Service Duty Officer.

If you would like help with the referral process, or a consultation regarding your child’s needs and eligibility call Camden Children and Young People with Disabilities Service Duty Officer:

Tel: 0207 974 3597

Email: [email protected]

If you are referred to our service, we will then discuss the needs of your child or young person with you and your referring social worker and arrange for the service to start. 

Information for referring Professionals

If you would like to refer a child or young person to our Overnights service, please visit:

Short Breaks Referrals