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Buzz Network - For Parent / Carers Of Disabled Children

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. 

Southampton's Short Break Statement has further information about our Short Breaks Offer.

The MAX Card and MAX Card PLUS are replacing the Buzz Passport.  The 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.

For further information regarding Short Breaks and the tiers of support available - please follow this link -



Who to contact

Contact Name
Hilary Marrinan
Contact Position
Short Breaks Officer
07918 969693

Other Details


Age Ranges
From 0 years 0 months to 18 years 11 months
Referral required
Referral Details

How can you join?

Download a regsitration form via the link in the Downloads section of this page or email The Buzz Network to request one.


Please note that you cannot apply for a Max card via the Max card website, although it seems to suggest that you can apply for a card via their website, which is not correct. You can only apply for Max cards by completing the Buzz Network registration form and sending it to the Buzz Network.  If you look closely at the Max card website page, it indicates that you can search to see if your local authority provides Max cards and encourages you to enter your details, but does not provide any further information.  You can search for discounts on the Max card website, which will show local and national offers. We have alerted the Max card company to the issues with their website.



Any Other Notes


Please see the MAX Card website for a list of their participating venues.

If a member of the Buzz Network and in receipt of the MAX Card PLUS, families can access a selection of Community Based Activities:


The ride of a lifetime on an accessible powerboat, provided by a not for profit organisation, with some rides starting from Ocean Village.

SEN sessions at Injoy activity centre

Active Nation Inclusive Activities 

Isle of Wight Lodge and Caravan

No Limits Time 4U youth group 11-18 years 

No Limits Time 4U youth group 8-11 years

Rose Road Association Bradbury Holiday Scheme

Rose Road Playscheme - Cedar School

Southampton Mencap FairPlay Junior Holiday Scheme 

Southampton Mencap FairPlay Junior Saturday Club 

Southampton Mencap FairPlay Teen Scheme 

Southampton Mencap FairPlay Teen Saturday Club 

SCPA - Southampton Children's Play Association



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

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