The Buzz Network is a group for Southampton Parents/Carers of Children and young people with a disability or additional needs.  It is funded by Southampton City Council who work closely with the Southampton Parent Carer Forum to ensure it is meeting the needs of families.
Short Breaks provide children and young people with disabilities or additional needs an opportunity to spend time away from their parents, engage in fun activities and enjoy time with their friends. They offer parents and carers a break from their caring responsibilities and time to spend with other family members or to catch up on other daily tasks.

Short Breaks and Personal Budget update: 

Southampton Short Breaks Card – MAX Card and MAX Card Plus

What is the MAX Card?

The MAX Card and MAX Card Plus are replacing the Buzz Passport.  The MAX Card will be issued to all children and young people on The Buzz Network.  It gives discounts or benefits to the holder and one other person at a range of venues and organisations within Southampton and further afield.

The card can only be used by the registered child and their parent/carer so please do not lend to anyone else.

Who can access the card?

The MAX Card is available to any child or young person registered on The Buzz Network.  If you are not a member of the Buzz Network and would like further information/to join then please click here.

To receive an assessment for Short Breaks/a Child in Need Assessment please complete the online form for MASH (Multi-agency Safeguarding Hub) here:

Revised term-time activities, commencing 30th September 2019 for children and young people with SEND

All activities will allow those with SEND to learn a new skill, make new friends and build social skills. Parents, siblings and friends are all welcome to join in the fun too. Click here to see the latest ActiveAbility Timetable updated end of September 2019.

The types of short break include weekly sessions in skiing, paddleboarding, archery, swimming and age related activities such as youth clubs and discos. A rolling term time and school holiday programme will be also hosted alongside the charities ActiveAbility portfolio ( and include sessions in soft play, dance, multisports and team building. 
For more information or to speak with a member of the team, please get in touch on the details below:
Phone: 023 8078 4131
Email: [email protected]

Who to contact

Contact Name: Beth Carter

Contact Position: Short Breaks and Personal Budget Officer

Telephone: 023 8083 3881 (Monday - Wednesday 9:00-17:00)

E-mail: [email protected]

Beth Carter is the sole administrator of the Buzz Network service but the Business Support Team can assist with general enquiries in her absence. 

Please use this email for general enquiries going forward :–


Please see their Newsletter for the full range of Short Breaks offered by the Buzz Network ranging from One2one Support, Personal Budget, Play Schemes and Community Based Activities offered at subsidised rates



Other Details


Age Ranges: From 0 years 0 months to 18 years 0 months

Referral required: Yes

Any Other Notes: Once parents have joined they have access to 4 main services: 

- Regular newsletters about local events and special offers. Confidential advice available. 
- Regular breaks/ respite from caring while your child enjoys time with their One2One worker. 
- Low cost playschemes with specialist staff 
- Environments Support at mainstream activities from Mencap's Ypod service

How can you join? 

Contact Beth on the above phone number.  You can also request an enrolment form via email or download one from their webpage

Local Offer

Local Offer Age Bands

Secondary (11-16 years)
Primary (4-10 years)
Early Years (0-4 years)
Transitions to Adulthood (16+)

Needs Level




SEN Provision Type