We are hoping to re-start our Saturday Club based at Bidwell Brook School, Dartington. We have agreed two trial dates which are Saturday 11 November 2023 and Saturday 2 December 2023.

The Club runs from 10am until 4pm and costs £55.00 per session. It is open to pupils of the school.

If you would like to reserve a place or require any more information please contact Deb Ward – Tel: 01392 463823.

Trustee News

Daisy Binnie will be stepping down as a Trustee at Easter. This means we will need to recruit a Chair of Trustees. Daisy has been involved with the Club for a number of years and has done a huge amount to support us which we are very grateful for.

Below are details of the role. We are also always keen to recruit Trustees so that we continue to run the Club and meet our obligations as a charity. Please share this post and tell friends, colleagues and family about the roles.


Come and join the dynamic and passionate team running The Hollow Lane Club. We provide varied, rich and exciting experiences to children and young people with complex additional needs and have been operating for over 20 years.

We want to strengthen our Board of Trustees by recruiting a new Chair and Trustees who have an interest in supporting our work. Our current Chair has been in post for several years and is ready to hand over the reins for the next phase of the Hollow Lane Club.

The Hollow Lane Club provides After School, Saturday, Siblings, Social and Summer Clubs across 3 sites. We work in partnership with the schools that most of our children and young people attend and whose buildings we use for the Clubs. We have a range of funders, including the National Lottery and Children in Need. Places at The Hollow Lane Club are subsidised by grant funding to ensure that services can be offered to all and that cost is not a barrier to access.

The day to day running of the charity is done by a small part time employed team. We have a team of experienced and dedicated workers, who are incredibly passionate about the club that we run. We are registered with OFSTED and have excellent feedback from families and the children and young people who come to our Club.

We look to all Trustees to be our critical friends and bring their experience and expertise to the table.

Chair of Trustees Role

We are looking for an experienced trustee to take on the Chair of Trustees role. You will have a full handover from the current chair and the support of the team and current trustees.

The role of the Chair is:

1. To work in partnership with the General manager to ensure that the charity has a clear vision, mission and strategic direction and that the charity, the Trustees and the General Manager are focused on achieving these.

2. To ensure that the board of Trustees fulfils its duties and responsibilities for the proper governance of the charity.

3. To help the General Manager to achieve the charity’s aims and objectives.

General Trustee Roles

We are looking for Trustees with previous charity experience at board level and a willingness to continue to learn within the charity sector. Trustees need to have a good standard of literacy and numeracy, be able to work with a range of people and have good communication skills.

As a volunteer for our Charity, you will benefit from the protection provided by our CIO Status.

Please email for more information.


Thank you Exeter Chiefs

The Hollow Lane Club thanks the

Exeter Chiefs Foundation for their recent Grant earlier this year.

Their funding enabled us to purchase equipment for use during our Summer Club and all future Clubs.  This included:

  • Pop up tents and a Tippee tent for our Sensory Story sessions
  • Sand and water table and water slide for our Splash Zone sessions
  • Gazebo providing shade when taking part in various activities
  • Paddling Pools for our Splash Zone sessions
  • Digital cameras to capture our activities and those magical moments
  • 7 iPads and cases to for use by our young people

“Thank you from all of us”

Summer Club Playworker Vacancies

Exeter & Dartington

Would you like to have fun & earn some money at the same time?

If Yes, come along and join The Hollow Lane Club as a Playworker.

Rate of Pay is £11.00 per hour

The Hollow Lane Club is a Registered Charity dedicated to enhancing the lives of children and young people with special needs and their families.

We provide fun activities for children and their siblings, after school, at weekends and in the school holidays at Ellen Tinkham School,

Ellen Tinkham FE College and Bidwell Brook School.

We currently have vacancies for Playworkers during our Summer Club.

The Summer Club runs for 12 days over the summer holidays in July/August and offers a full timetable of activities (swimming, splash zone, animal encounters, art and craft) and outings to Lindfield Farm, the Donkey Sanctuary, bell boating and canoeing at Haven Banks, Paignton Zoo, to name but a few.

 Dates for this year are:

Training/Prep Day  –   Thursday 28th July

Week 1 – Monday 1st, Tuesday 2nd, Wednesday 3rd, Thursday 4th, Friday 5th August

Week 2 – Monday 8th, Tuesday 9th, Wednesday 10th , Thursday 11th & Friday 12th August

Week 3 – Monday 15th & Tuesday 16th August

The Club runs from 10am-4pm If you are interested in joining our team, please contact Deb Ward on           01392 463823 or email

Summer Club 2021 – what happened!

Our Summer Club 2021 ran for its usual 12 days at the beginning of the summer holidays.

Although it was a bit different this year as we spent more time outside due to Covid restrictions and the fact that our Dartington children and young people came to Exeter, it was still a brilliant success with an exciting and varied programme (pdf) that was enjoyed by all.

Take a look at our Summer Club page for more, including many more highlight photos, and some facts and figures.

The overwhelming gratitude and positive feedback that we have received from children and young people and their parents/carers is very much appreciated by the team.

Massive thanks to the brilliant staff of The Hollow Lane Club. Plus Steve, Mary, Deb, Lisa and Louise and the Trustees who have worked hard throughout the past difficult eighteen months to bring Summer Club 2021!

And thanks to the children and young people for joining in. We hope to see you all again very soon.