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Aiming High - Short breaks

Let us know your thoughts on Aiming High Activities

Aiming High Providers are offering a mixture of activities for children/young people and their families during the continually changing restrictions associated with COVID-19.

We have a number of providers who are striving to offer safe and enjoyable short breaks but places are not all being taken up.

Unfortunately we have had to change and even cancel some events, as few or no people have booked or turned up for the activities.

So that we can arrange the most beneficial and suitable activities and events we would welcome your feedback based on the following questions.

  1. Would you support your child/young person to attend small group activities/ or individual sessions during this time?
  2. If you are not using Aiming High currently please could you indicate why? i.e. still isolating, group size etc.
  3. How long do you think the activities should last?
  4. What assurances/considerations would encourage your child/young person to attend?
  5. What activities/opportunities would you prefer to be arranged?
  6. Would you prefer face to face activities or virtual sessions? (Are there any restrictions for your family for either option?)
  7. Any other thoughts?

We want to continue to arrange short breaks whenever possible for children/young people with SEND and need your support to develop what the providers may be able to offer over the next few months

We would be grateful of your feedback or comments by Friday 24th October to aiminghigh@staffordshire.gov.uk

Aiming High Activity Bookings

Due to the current situation with COVID-19, we need to take additional steps to ensure the safety of all those attending Aiming High sessions.

We may need to check with the provider first if you require more than one place on an activity or if you feel that the child/young person attending may need extra support.

Places on activities may also be restricted due to available space at the venue and the number of staff needed to support the activity safely.

Please discuss any additional needs with either the provider or our  booking team when enquiring about activities. 

If you would like to take part in an activity or have any questions please call 0300 111 8007 (Option 5). 

Test, Trace and Isolate (COVID-19)

When booking onto any activities it is important to give your contact details and any other information requested by the activity provider to enable us to contact you in the event of any emergency or follow up in relation to the Test, Trace and Isolate system. 

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Who can take part in Aiming High Activities?

Aiming High activities are open to:

  •  0-18 year old's with a Special Educational Need/Disability (SEND), who live in Staffordshire.
  • 18-25 year old's with a Special Educational Need/Disability (SEND) who live in Staffordshire can access support through our Lifeskills and Independence Programme, however, they must also: 

 - have an EHCP.

 - NOT be eligible to receive paid care and support services from Adult Social Care. 

Staffordshire's Aiming High programme is predominantly open to families who live in the Staffordshire County Council boundary, however, occasionally spaces are available which we can offer to families living in the Stoke on Trent area.  These places will, however, incur a charge.  

Families living in the Stoke on Trent area are very welcome to contact our booking team after the 11th of the month prior to activities taking place to see what places are available, however, priority will be given to Staffordshire families.  Staffordshire families can also access the Stoke on Trent offer after the 11th of the month prior to activities taking place. 

For more information on the Stoke on Trent Aiming High programme please call 01782 683129.    

How much does an Aiming High Activity Cost?

Young people from the Staffordshire County Council boundary can access a set number of activities each month free of charge.  Young people are able to access additional activities but our providers may ask for a voluntary contribution for these extra activities.  Please see our activity listings for further information on this.    

Our Customer Service Centre is also available for any other queries: 0300 111 8007 (option 5). 

Stoke on Trent Families

Families from Stoke on Trent are welcome to join in with activities if places are available, however, providers will request that a contribution is made towards the cost of activities.  

Aiming High Lifeskills and Independence - 1:1 Support for 11-25 Year Olds

Moving Forward (Lifeskills and Independence Support)

Up to a possible 56 hours of individual support is available from our Moving Forward programme to help young people aged 11 years and over with a Special Educational Need or Disability (SEND) towards achieving their dreams or goals and to develop essential lifeskills for their future.

Young people and their parents/carers are free to choose the skills they would like to develop or activities that they would like to try and our Providers will help them achieve this. 

If you would like to take part please contact our providers below directly and they will be very happy to talk to you in more detail about the support available. 

Support for young people living in other areas of Staffordshire will soon be available. 

Please email aiminghigh@staffordshire.gov.uk to join our waiting list (please include your child's name, date of birth, address and the type of support needed). 

Action for Children:

Support currently available to young people from Newcastle and Moorlands.

Telephone: 07921 491878
(Available Mondays, Tuesdays or Thursdays)

Chuckle Productions

Support currently available to young people from Stafford and Stone. 

Telephone: 07580 016993

Email: sharon@chuckleproductions.org

Crossroads Care

Support currently available to young people from Newcastle and Moorlands.

Telephone: 01782 268391 (10am-2pm Monday-Friday)

Telephone: 07967498864 (9am-5pm Monday-Friday)

Progress Care

Support currently available to young people from Cannock.

Telephone: 01902 561066

 

How do I book places and ask any questions?

Please see our activity listings for information on how to register your interest in an activity.

Our Customer Service Centre is also available for any other queries: 0300 111 8007 (option 5). 

Where else can I find other activities?

You can find information on lots of other activities and things to do across Staffordshire in the Local Offer section of Staffordshire Connects.  

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