This summer, we have partnered with 4CT Limited to deliver “Happy, Active, Healthy SEND Summer Family Packs” to families in Manchester.

It’s like the paper bag sensory and activity kits that many families loved last summer and Christmas – but with an Explore Manchester and health & nutrition twist!

Our aims are to keep our children and young people with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND) active and entertained during the summer holidays – whether from the comforts of home or while out & about visiting Manchester’s many inclusive destinations and Local Offer activities – as well as keeping healthy with nutritious food that you can cook at home.

A sample HAH (Happy, Active, Healthy) SEND Summer Box from MPCF, 4CT Limited and Manchester City Council

This is just a representation of the HAH SEND Summer Box. The actual pack you receive may vary.

Contents will include the following:

  • Activities and Sensory Stuff
    • Squishy ball
    • Sensory putty
    • Bath foam
    • Cupcake-baking kit
    • Sand and instructions for creating moon sand
    • Sock for puppet-making
    • Mini bean bags
    • Xylophone – paint-and-play
    • Ankle jumper
  • Explore Manchester
    • Mini magnifying glass
    • Mini compass
    • Notebook
    • Explorer Passport
    • Explore Manchester Newsletter
  • Healthy Eating and Nutrition
    • Make-your-own Recipe book
    • Simple recipes
    • Food voucher (Aldi)

Parents or carers of children and young people with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND) in Manchester may apply, with those who receive Free School Meals (FSM) to be given priority.

To apply for a free box, please fill in the form below:

We have now disabled the application form, as our HAH boxes have all been allocated.

However, you can apply for a pack by calling the Short Breaks team at 0161 219 2125, Monday to Friday, between 10am to 4pm.

About Our Partners

4CT Limited is a non-profit organisation that provides community focused, community based and community led services in Manchester.

Their mission is to support people, neighbourhoods and communities across Greater Manchester through the development of services, partnerships and community facilities to improve opportunities and quality of life for residents.

4CT was instrumental in the delivery of our Sensory and Activity Packs projects last summer and Christmas, as well as the council-funded boxes last winter.

You can follow 4CT on Twitter and Like them on Facebook for regular updates about the service.

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The Local Offer offers information about services, activities and events that are available for families of children and young people with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND) in Manchester.

More than just a website, Manchester’s SEND Local Offer also includes social media, newsletters, drop-ins, and the organisations & support groups that help spread vital information to families.

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We would also like to thank Manchester City Council for making this project possible via their Holiday Activity Fund (HAF). The HAF is government grant funding available to support children and young people eligible for income related free school meals over school holidays.