Respite Weekend

March 13th to 15th | May 15th to 17th | July 31st – August 2nd

September 25th to 27th | November 6th to 8th

Zinc’s respite weekend provides a relaxed and friendly environment in which participants will develop their self-confidence and social skills.

Activities are designed each day around the individuals’ needs to give a personalised programme. Explore new creative processes using visual arts, drama and music. We will also improve soft skills and nurture confidence through social interaction, cooking, games, shopping, and more

Who is it for?

The Respite Weekend is for individuals who are 18+, with mild to moderate disabilities.

Participants with more complex needs are welcome, please call us to discuss further.

Timings and Costs

Arrive – Friday from 3pm

Depart – Sunday 6pm

Accommodation based on 2 people sharing

Age 18+

£350 per person, includes all activities, food & accommodation, including lunch on Sunday at a local restaurant.

How can you take part?

To book your place or find out any further information, please contact Julia Cakebread at Zinc.

Address: Zinc, Ongar, Essex, CM5 0AD

Tel: 01277 365626





Arrive for 3pm, dinner and an arts based creative activity to break the ice and let us all get to know each other and settle in.

SEN Day Centre Hub



Start the day off in style with a full English fry up, where we will discuss the plans for the weekend and get everyone involved and ready to relax and enjoy themselves. We will also plan the evening meal together and decide how to prepare it.

After breakfast let’s get outside! Weather permitting, we will visit a local beauty spot for a nature walk and lots of lovely fresh air, including a stop for refreshments.


Our return from the great outdoors will be followed by a creative pottery workshop that is both therapeutic and relaxing, opening the mind and relieving daily stresses.  Creative juices flowing we will then all get together to prepare and cook the evening meal as a team.


Over dinner we will have time to reflect on the day and then relax with some games and enjoy a film. The film will be shown in our own intimate theatre to give a true cinema experience in a relaxed setting.

Respite Pottery



Breakfast, followed by a health & well-being session in our very own gym where we will look at wellbeing and mindfulness, as well as have fun and let off some steam.


For lunch we will be making a visit to a local restaurant to enjoy a meal together. This will provide a safe and supportive environment in which to encourage social skills and interaction, as well as to experience and practice a restaurant experience. The cost of this meal is fully included within the cost of the weekend.


The afternoon will include some games and relaxation as well as another arts workshop, exploring our creative sides and producing our own masterpieces.


Evaluation and reflection. Followed by goodbyes and collection by 6pm


Individuals who are 18+, with mild to moderate disabilities. Participants with more complex needs are welcome, please call us to discuss further.

There will be a maximum of 6 places on each weekend, this allows us the flexibility within the program to maximise engagement and interaction.

If you currently have a support worker as part of your daily care plan then we will work with you to facilitate this on our respite weekend.

All workshops are run by specialist Zinc staff, highly experienced in the delivery of effective respite care.

Places are limited. Please contact Julia for further enquiries and to book.

Tel: 01277 365626


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