Rainbow Resource Scheme

Apply for your free Rainbow Resource card for children and young people with SEND living in Bath & North East Somerset.

About the scheme

We offer a Rainbow Resource card to all children and young people aged between 0-25 years, with a Special Educational Need and/ or Disability (SEND) or an additional need, living across Bath and North East Somerset.

The Rainbow Resource card may entitle you to access an existing concession on offer at venues across B&NES and the wider area (often designated carer goes free, but please check with individual venues for full details prior to your visit), and access to specific SEND sessions. It will also provide discreet recognition if you find yourself needing support from staff at the attraction or venue. Venues accepting the Rainbow Resource card also demonstrate they are an inclusive venue and welcome all families and individuals. 

You can also use it to reserve a Bag Book from your local library. You can find out more about Bag Books on our web site. The Bag Books are stored centrally but can be reserved and delivered to the most convenient library and you will be contacted when it is ready for collection. Libraries are increasing their stock but may not have every title available.

The Rainbow Resource card is completely free, and we will provide you with a wallet sized card confirming your child's Special Educational Need and/or disability.

We are continually growing, and contacting attractions and organisations across the South West inviting them to support this scheme. The full list of current participants can be found below. Please check with individual venues prior to visiting to ensure you are aware of their offer to card holders and their families. 

Suggest places for us to approach to invite them to accept the card.

Read the full list of supporters


Your child or young person aged between 0 and 25 years will be eligible for a Rainbow Resource card if they meet any of the following criteria:

  • They have a diagnosed long term health condition
  • They have an Education, Health and/or Care Plan (EHCP)
  • They are currently in receipt of Disabled Living Allowance (DLA)
  • Receives Band C Inclusion Support Funding

The child/young person must also be living in Bath and North East Somerset

Before you start

When registering you will need to provide:

  • Details for your child
  • Your contact details
  • Information on your child's condition and diagnosis
  • Evidence of the condition/diagnosis
  • Evidence of receipt of DLA (if applicable)

We take the security of your child's data seriously, and our Privacy Notice sets out how we will use it.

You'll also be asked if you want your child to be added to the Children's Disability Register, and if you would like us to send your details to B&NES Carers Centre and B&NES Parent Carer Forum to join their support networks. 

Register online

Other ways to apply 

You can also print and complete the registration form and post it to the address below.  


Rainbow Resource Scheme

Bath and North East Somerset Council
Lewis House
Manvers Street

If you have any further questions please contact us using our online form.

Get involved

If your business, organisation, or charity supports and welcomes young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities and you would like to support our Rainbow Resource scheme, please get in touch with the Rainbow Resource team by using our Contact Us form. You can find out more about the benefits to supporting the scheme on our Rainbow Resource supporter information pages here

It costs nothing to support the scheme, but by accepting the Rainbow Resource card and actively promoting your accessibility to families you will be offering great reassurance, and naturally will encourage more interaction with your services. We look forward to hearing from you soon.