Aspens offers services across West Sussex for children and young people who fall into the following categories:

  • They have complex needs
  • They are/are not attending school or college
  • They are unable to access group-based activities due to social anxiety, challenging behaviour etc.
  • Their mental health and well-being has been affected by becoming socially isolated because they don't feel able to leave their home
  • They have previously been unable to access any short breaks provision

Groups for children and young people

We run groups for young people in Crawley, East Grinstead, Felpham, Middleton and Worthing.

Our groups are fun, friendly, safe places where all our young people can spend time together and enjoy each other’s company.

Middleton After School Club – 8-10 yrs

Wednesdays, 4.15-6.15pm, term time only

Worthing after School Club – 8-10 yrs

Mondays, 3.30-5.30pm, term time only

Worthing Young People’s Group – 11-18 yrs

Mondays 6.00-8.00pm, term time only

Worthing Young Adults Group – 16-25 yrs

Tuesdays, 4.30-6.30pm, term time only

Felpham Saturday Club – 8-10 yrs

1st Saturday of each month- 9.30am-12.00pm

Felpham Saturday Club – 11-18 yrs

Saturdays – All Year – 9.30am-12.30pm

Crawley Space Club – 8-10 yrs

2nd Saturday of each month– 9.30am-12.30pm

Crawley Space Club – 11-18 yrs

2nd Saturday of each month -9.30am-12.30pm

East Grinstead Girls Group – 11-18 yrs

Alternate Wednesdays – Term Time only – 4.30pm-6.30pm

East Grinstead young adults group - 16 - 25 yrs

Fortnightly, 6 - 8pm

Littlehampton Siblings Group – 8 yrs+

Every 4 weeks on Thursdays, 6pm-8pm, term time only

This group provides a place for young people who have brothers or sisters with additional needs to meet up, talk about how life feels for them, have fun and make friends

Haywards Heath Siblings – 8 yrs+

Fridays, every 4 weeks – 4.30pm-6.30pm (please contact us for future dates)

This group provides a place for young people who have brothers or sisters with additional needs to meet up, talk about how life feels for them, have fun and make friends 

1:1 Buddy Scheme support

Support to enable and encourage young people to access activities in the community and enjoy doing things of interest to them.

Youth engagement support

A combined service that offers a bridge between our 1:1 Buddy Scheme Support and our Specialist Support Service.

Support is provided to the child/young person and their family to help identify strategies that the Support Worker will then embed within the support they provide to the child/young person.

Lodge Hill family days

Fun days for the whole family – details, dates and costings to be emailed out to our parents and advertised on our Facebook page. LINK

Cost of West Sussex services


Cost upon application

Subsidised cost to parents through West Sussex Short Breaks 

Siblings groups


£7.50 per session

1:1 Buddy Scheme


£17.33 per hour

 plus mileage at 45p per mile and expenses

Youth Engagement Support

£50 per hour

 (includes mileage and expenses)

Lodge Hill Family days


Cost to be advised

Please note that following a referral to the West Sussex Children & Young People’s Service, an acknowledgement letter will be sent out to the parent/carer.

The child/young person’s name will then be added to our waiting list. Waiting times vary and are dependent upon support worker/group space availability.