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About Us

How It All Started

Around 2000 a small group of support workers, employed by Warwickshire County Council to provide respite for individual families and their children, decided to join together and share activities as a social group instead of working individually out in the community. The Time Out Group was born and continues to operate in much the same way today.

What We Offer

The Group opens its doors to welcome children with disabilities specialising in providing support for young people with complex disabilities, challenging behaviour and communication needs. We take children from the age of four up to eighteen years who are then split into two peer groups to help us to organise age appropriate activities. We meet once a fortnight on a Saturday at a venue in Stratford-upon-Avon and from there we travel by minibus to our chosen activity.

The Group is led by an experienced Group Leader and we take care that our specialist staff are skilled and well-trained in modern techniques to ensure the children are safe and well looked after at all times.

We pride ourselves on the fact that many of the children who started with the group at the age of four or five are still with us when they reach adulthood, and indeed it is typical that most of the children who join stay with us for years, growing a strong social bond with their peers and staff alike.

Where We Are Now

Until 2011 we were funded and supported primarily by Warwickshire County Council. However because of the economic conditions around that time, staying with the Council was not financially sustainable. Not wishing to see the valuable service go, a group of parents got together to take on the Group as a registered charity on a fully independent basis. The Group is now under the overall control of an eight strong management committee of volunteers, comprised of parents, former parents and external individuals with relevant experience. The management committee includes the four Trustees who are legally responsible for the proper governance of the charity.

We do not charge for the services we provide the children, and rely for funding entirely on donations from a range of fund raising events and activities, local grant-giving bodies, corporate sponsorships and generous individuals.



We are grateful for any donations we receive – they enable us to continue our work, providing respite to families and opportunities for the young people who access our group. We rely solely on donations from fundraising, organisations and individuals to keep the Time Out Group running. You can donate directly and securely by clicking on the ‘Donate Here’ button above. Alternatively, you can make a donation by cheque, payable to ‘Time Out Group’ sent to: The Time Out Group, Welcombe Hills School, Stratford upon Avon, CV37 6TQ. If you would like to get in contact regarding fundraising or are able to offer any help with one of our fundraising ventures please email us at or call Lynn on 07580550149.


Join the committee 

Our Committee of Trustees oversee the running of the Time Out Group. They look after governance, policies, finances and the running of the charity. We would welcome expressions of interest if you would like to join the Committee. Please contact us via email at or call Lynn on 07580550149.


Donate a skill or activity

If you have a community based facility e.g. farm, park etc. or a skill you would like to share with the group e.g. arts and crafts, musician etc. and are interested in supporting the group we would love to hear from you. If you are able to support us with a venue or skill please email at or call Lynn on 07580550149.


We welcome volunteers to support us with the running of the group. If you are interested in volunteering with the group please contact us via email at for an application form.

Refer your child

If you have a child aged between 4 and 18 who has a disability and are interested in what the group may be able to offer please contact us via email at or call Lynn on 07580550149 for further details.

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