'Big Smile' summer scheme
What is the 'Big Smile' summer scheme?
Big Smile summer scheme offers children with autism the opportunity to engage in play and fun activities in a supported environment. One–to-one staffing allows the groups to go on a range of trips to places such as the zoo, the park, horseriding and Streamvale farm. Indoor activities include soft play, pottery and visits from music therapists, art therapists and play therapists.
There are approx. 35 child spaces on each week of the summer scheme.
Why is the programme needed?
The scheme gives families the opportunity for support and respite during the summer months and is a good opportunity for children to integrate and socialise with their peers when not at school. It also enables children to access trips and outings that they may not otherwise have the opportunity to do. Children with autism and other developmental disabilities often find it hard to access mainstream summer schemes therefore 'Big Smile' is a fantastic alternative for them.
Who does it help?
Primary-school age children with autism.
When do we run it?
This year's summer scheme is now full.
Dates for 2019 are as follows:
1st - 5th July
15th - 19th July
22nd- 26th July
29th July - 2nd August
Please note we have limited spaces for this programme and assign families on a first-come first-served basis.
Details on next year's summer scheme will be published Spring 2020.
Where is it located?
Three venues around the Ormeau Road/Donegall Pass area of South Belfast. Parents will leave children at a designated venue each morning of the scheme.
For further details please contact one of the ASD team who runs this programme: / /
What our parents say...
Cathy, Summer Scheme parent “Thank-you to everyone at Sólás! This is the first time my son has successfully attended something that doesn’t involve me! He enjoyed the summer scheme and will hopefully be back next year. Thanks again, great success!”.
Martine, Summer scheme parent “We had a fantastic day at the family fun day. Thank-you to everyone who was involved. A job well done!”
Volunteer with us!
If you are interested in volunteering on our 'Big Smiles’ summer scheme please complete the form below based on whether you are a New or Returning Volunteer:
Completed forms should be returned to or to the address at the bottom of this page.