Embrace the extraordinary

Welcome to Thrive Explorers, a special needs respite club, a haven of joy and inclusion! Our respite club, based in Eastbourne, East Sussex is guided by experienced staff, is dedicated to creating smiles through the magic of music, the thrill of sports, and the wonders of art. Join us for a day where every child’s uniqueness shines, fostering friendships and unforgettable moments.

About us

Thrive Explorers, nestled in the heart of Eastbourne, East Sussex, is your go-to respite haven every first Saturday of the month.

Our dedicated staff have years of experience in crafting an inclusive space where the magic of music, sports, and art combines to offer a unique respite experience for children with additional needs. Join us in Eastbourne for laughter-filled Saturdays, creating memorable moments and fostering growth in a welcoming environment. This special needs club is perfect for ages between 5-16!

Meet the team


Co-Founder – Manager

Hi, I’m Em – one of the co-founders of Thrive Explorers.

I’m a Disney obsessed, food loving, Doc Marten wearing Mum who has over ten years of experience working in special educational needs. I love my job as a SEN teacher and I cannot wait to meet you all at our brand new exciting club, Thrive Explorers!


Co-Founder – Manager

Hey there, it’s Lisa – one of the co-founders of Thrive Explorers, the coolest spot for our extra-special community!

I wear many hats: I’m a mum, Disney superfan, and a dedicated special needs teacher of nearly 10 years! But that’s not all – I’m also a big-time music and art enthusiast. I’m always singing and dancing around the house!


Join us for a world of creativity and fun!

Our program offers a supportive and engaging environment for additional needs pupils, ages 5-16. It provides parents and caregivers with much-needed respite while ensuring that your child enjoys meaningful experiences through music, art,  and sports activities.

Team work making dreamwork with sports

Get active and build teamwork skills with adapted sports and games.

Fun with art

Unleash your creativity with inclusive art activities that encourage self-expression.

Musical Adventures

Explore the joy of music through interactive sessions designed for all abilities.

Our child had the best time at Thrive Explorers and is so excited to return for future sessions
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From the very first communication I felt that the thrive explorers team had a strong understanding of what my child would need and different strategies to help him access their club.
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My child loved her first session at Thrive explorers and came out very smiley! She straight away asked if she could 'go back there again’
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It is lovely to have found a respite provision in my home town that is run by experienced SEN teachers, that completely understand children like my son.
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Em and Lisa are absolutely lovely. Taking the time to find out and ask questions about all of my sons needs. A much needed service for our little heroes.
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Positive experience very friendly caring staff, a nice venue
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Thrive Explorers was our daughter’s first experience of accessing a respite club not based in a school setting. I was nervous about how she would cope, but there was no need to be! From the moment she arrived, and saw the staff, she seemed to understand the structure and expectations of the session. The venue is really cosy - low lighting and a home-like environment set her at ease. Thank you Thrive Explorers, we will be regulars!
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I felt completely at ease leaving our son with such experienced and passionate people. And the thorough preparation and bespoke space you created, was spot on for my son
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Contact us

Come and say hello and feel free to ask any questions 

Got questions or just want to chat? We’re all ears!  Feel free to drop us an email anytime and we will get back to you. Your journey is our journey, and we’re excited to share it with you! If you would like to see if we are a right fit for your child please fill out the register form and this will give us a better understanding of your child needs.


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