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Aiming High - Short breaks

Aiming High Short Break Activities 

Welcome to the Staffordshire Aiming High webpages.

We commission short break activities for children and young people aged 0-25 years old with a special educational need/disability (SEND) who live in Staffordshire.

Activities include:

  • Day Trips
     
  • Sports
     
  • Youth Clubs

  • Nature Activities and much more! 

Please scroll down to the bottom of this page for full details of our activities. 

Children and young people can access a set amount of free activities each month (usually 1 a month with extra during school holidays).

Young people can then take part in extra activities but some of our Providers may ask for a financial contribution. 

The Moving Forward (Lifeskills and Independence) Service is available to 11-25 year olds who need some help to achieve a specific goal.  Further details of this service are available in the drop down menus below.  

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

We want to make sure that bookings for our activities are accessible to everyone and so if you are unable to contact our booking team via telephone please email sendreferrals@staffordshire.gov.uk 

Please include information on your child’s name, date of birth and the activity Provider and date that you are interested in.  

Aiming High and COVID-19 

Our Providers are taking great care to ensure that everyone is kept as safe as possible at activities. 

Providers are also ensuring that they continue to follow the latest Government guidance. 

When booking onto an Aiming High activity please let us know your up to date contact details and any other information requested by the Provider to enable us to contact you in relation to the Test and Trace system.  

Let Us Know Your Thoughts 

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

If you have any thoughts on the Aiming High programme please get in touch by emailing us at aiminghigh@staffordshire.gov.uk or call 0300 111 8007 (option5).  

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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 or Disability (SEND), who live in Staffordshire.

  • 18-25 year old's who live in Staffordshire can also take part in our Moving Forward (Lifeskills) programme if they have an Education, Health and Care Plan and are not receiving paid care and support from Adult Social Care services. 
  • Some activities are designed for young people to attend independently while others are also open to parents/carers and siblings. 

  • Some Providers offer 1:1 support and help with personal care and medication.
          
  • Booking priority for Staffordshire's Aiming High programme is given to families who live in the Staffordshire County Council boundary, however, occasionally spaces are available which we can offer to families living in Stoke on Trent for a charge.  Please contact our booking team on 0300 111 8007 (option 5) for more information on this.  

  • Families from Staffordshire may also be able to take part in the Stoke on Trent Aiming High activities if spaces are available.  For more information on the Stoke on Trent Aiming High programme please call Action for Children on 01782 683129.   

How much does an Aiming High Activity Cost?

Young people from Staffordshire can take part in a set number of free activities each month (usually 1 a month with extra during school holidays). 

Young people can access additional activities but our Providers may ask for a voluntary contribution.  Please see our activity listings for more information.    

Our Booking Team is also available on 0300 111 8007 (option 5) for any queries. 

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.  

Moving Forward (Lifeskills)

Our Moving Forward programme helps young people with a Special Educational Need or Disability (SEND) to achieve their dreams or goals and to develop lifeskills for the future.  

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 support are available below, however, our Providers are always happy to talk about other ways they may be able to help:

  • Preparing for the future (employment skills/preparing for college)
  • Learning new skills (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)

To take part please contact our Providers using the contact deatils below.  They will be very happy to talk to you about the support available and their latest availability. 

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

Action for Children:

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

Telephone: 07921 491878

Email: anna.lindop@actionforchildren.org.uk

Chuckle Productions

Support for young people from Stafford and Stone.

Telephone: 07580 016993

Email: sharon@chuckleproductions.org

Crossroads Care

Support for young people from Newcastle and Moorlands.

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

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

Progress Care

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

Telephone: 01902 561066

How do I book places and ask any questions?

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

We want to make sure that bookings for our activities are accessible to everyone and so if you are unable to contact our booking team via telephone please email sendreferrals@staffordshire.gov.uk 

Please include information on your child’s name, date of birth and the activity Provider and date that you are interested in.  

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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