Community Arts Network (CAN) is a community interest company (CIC) providing inclusive childcare and promoting the arts to children and young people. As the largest provider of out of school childcare in North Devon, we believe that all children have a right to play, and we work to ensure that children of all abilities can get the most from their time with us.
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CAN Play Out-of-School Clubs
These are Ofsted registered out-of-school, term-time clubs. We have breakfast clubs at Westcroft School in Bideford, and after-school clubs at Westcroft School (with collections from St. Mary's Primary School and East-the-Water Primary School), Pilton Bluecoat Junior School (Barnstaple) and Orchard Vale Community School (Barnstaple).
New registration of children are now being accepted for children attending the following schools only: Westcroft, St Georges and St Margarets, Pilton Bluecoat
Registration forms can be downloaded from the Resources tab at the top of the page.
Orchard Vale is still closed and waiting for the school to give permission for us to open.
Arts Play Holiday Clubs
These are Ofsted registered, inclusive holiday clubs. We have clubs at Westcroft School in Bideford and Orchard Vale Community School in Barnstaple. The clubs are open Monday to Friday (except bank holidays and at Christmas) during school holidays from 8:30am to 6:00pm. The clubs cater for children between the ages of 4 and 14 years.
CAN SAY Clubs
CAN SAY (Specific-needs and Able-bodied Youth) Clubs cater for children and young people over 8 years old with additional needs. We are currently running one club fortnightly on Saturdays from 2:00pm to 4pm at "Space" Youth centre in Bideford.
The club is currently closed due to Covid 19
I CAN Short Breaks
This service aims to match a child or young person with a specific need to an experienced enabler who can help them access leisure activities in the community and allow families time away from their caring duties. We also arrange social trips and take small groups in our minibus for adventures such as boat and train trips, bowling and theme parks.
Currently suspended due to Covid 19
Samba Baia is a community samba band. The band performs mostly at charity events such as Race For Life, Night Walk, Children's Hospice, North Devon Hospice and Cancer Research. Joining the band is free and a perfect way to learn something new, have fun, make new friends and support local charities. Instruments and tuition are supplied, and you don't need to be a musician, but just have a willingness to learn.