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Aiming High - Short breaks

Aiming High Activities - COVID-19

Our providers are here to help and support families with a mix of face to face (where possible) and virtual sessions. 

Providers are ensuring that they follow all current government guidance to make sure that everyone is kept safe but this does mean that unfortunately some activities may have to change at short notice. 

Our providers will make every effort to keep families informed of any changes to activities as soon as possible.  

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 relation to the Test, Trace and Isolate system.

Let Us Know Your Thoughts on Aiming High Activities 

We want to provide the best possible short break activities and support for children, young people and their families.  

If you have any thoughts on the Aiming High programme please get in touch by emailing us at aiminghigh@staffordshire.gov.uk

 

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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 with a Special Educational Need or Disability (SEND) towards achieving their dreams or goals and to develop essential lifeskills for their future.

Young people are free to choose the skills they would like to develop or activities that they would like to try and our Providers from across Staffordshire can help them to achieve their individual goals.   

To take part, young people must be 11-18 years old with a Special Educational Need or Disability (SEND) and live in Staffordshire. 

Young people up to the age of 25 can also take part if they have an Education Health and Care Plan and are not already accessing Adult Social Care services. 

Support is FREE however young people may need to pay for some activities accessed as part of this.

Examples of the type of support available can be found below, however, our Providers are always happy to talk about other ways they may be able to help:

  • Preparing for the future (e.g. employment skills/preparing for college/change of school)
  • Learning new skills (e.g. catching a bus/learning to swim/internet safety advice)
  • Healthy eating/fitness
  • Increasing confidence/independence
  • Making friends
  • Trying a new sport
  • Money matters (budgeting/shopping)

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 and their latest availability. 

For all other queries please contact aiminghigh@staffordshire.gov.uk 

Action for Children:

Support currently available for young people in Newcastle, Moorlands, Stafford, Tean and Uttoxeter areas.  

Telephone: 07921 491878

Email: anna.lindop@actionforchildren.org.uk

Chuckle Productions

Support currently available for young people from Stafford and Stone areas.  

Telephone: 07580 016993

Email: sharon@chuckleproductions.org

Crossroads Care

Support currently available for young people from Newcastle and Moorlands areas.

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

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

Progress Care

Support currently available for young people from Stafford, Cannock, Tamworth and Lichfield areas.  

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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