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Clubs & Befriending Service

Clubs & Befriending Service

Clubs and Befriending at Hope House School and Vacation Centre

We run clubs and  have befrienders who offer respite care throughout the year to parents, carers and guardians, out of the normal school day. We believe that the use of this facility presents an opportunity for those in the autistic community to meet, especially as our clubs are open to all children and young people, not just our pupils.

Please read on to find out more about our services.


Our After-School clubs offer a wide variety of activities, including crafts, baking, cooking, adventure playground, football, bouncy castle and indoor games such as Wii and chess.

We also encourage the children to go outside their comfort zone by taking part in activities such as horse riding and rock climbing, both of which are hugely popular.

Sessions are tailored to meet the needs of every individual member and we place a focus on developing social skills and building on their core life skills.


Our clubs take place on

Tuesday evening

5.00 pm till 7.00 pm

Saturday morning

9.00 am till 11.00 am

Saturday afternoon

12.00 pm till 3.00 pm

Drama Group 

Wednesday evenings


5.00 pm till 6.30 pm

Siblings Group (5 week course)

Wednesday evenings


5.00 pm to 6.30 pm


Our staff offer a befriending service to the wider autistic community.

This is a special and unique service that is vital to some parents, carers and children.

The principle of this service is developing a 1:1 relationship between a key worker and a child or young person. The key worker will take the child out into the community and engage in activities that the child or young person enjoys. This could be going out for dinner, playing laser quest, going bowling etc.

This key worker will always be the same for the child, allowing for a role model type figure to grow.

A befriender may be able to offer anywhere between 2 hours of respite a week up to 4 hours plus, depending on their schedule and the child or young adults’ needs. 

This service can be incredibly important to the family or carers of the child and we know from the feedback we receive that the child or young adult looks forward to their befriending time!