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Hertfordshire's SEND Local Offer

We've arranged activities for children and young people across the county. These are available through the Short Break Local Offer

The Brokerage team or KIDS HUBs can provide further information to support you

Phoenix Group for Deaf Children and Young People

The Phoenix Group supports deaf children, young people and their families, through fun and informative activities, which aim to promote independence and develop friendships. As a user-led charity, the Short Breaks activities will vary, depending on what the children and young people would like to do. Previous activities have included:

Ice Skating, Swimming, Relaxation, Farm visit, Horse Riding, Crazy Golf, Danger Den, Dragon Boating CookingClimbing/High Ropes, Bowling, Sports, Overnight Residential Activities, Trampolining, Arts and Crafts, Football …and many more

Age:  8-18 years

Venues: The Phoenix Centre, Stevenage (acoustically treated) 2-6 The Hyde, Stevenage, SG2 9SE and other activity centres across Hertfordshire

Session Duration: 3-5 hours               

When:  School holidays and occasional Saturdays

Contact details 01438 722142 or 07856 776530

Email: activities@phoenixgroup.org.uk

Action for Children @ Herts Young Mariners

This service is for young people with disabilities aged 12 -18 years based at Herts Young Mariners Base in Cheshunt.  The service offers an exciting choice of adventurous activities including archery,canoeing, climbing, caving and paddle boarding. Young People who attend will be supported to try activities they may not have tried before and they will need to be able  to follow simple instructions for their own and others’ safety. They will be part of a larger group of up to approx. 12 young people, so this will be an opportunity to make friends. 

For more information please either contact
Action for Children or for more information about the Young Mariner’s Base please visit the website

Date12th February 2018

The age range the service will work with 12- 18

Venue Young Mariners 231 Windmill Lane Cheshunt EN8 9AJ

 The length of each session to be offered 6 Hours

Contact details 07736 093563

Email HAS@actionforchildren.org.uk

Adventure Together (Overnight)

Adventure together is for children with a learning disability aged 9 – 19 years enabling them to stay overnight and develop their own skills. The service will operate over 3 weekends throughout the year, offering young people the opportunity to stay away from home and experience a variety of challenges. Each session will be 12 hours and the weekend will consist of 2 sessions or 24 hours. Although the hours of the session will be fixed additional sessions will be available to purchase using direct payments

Each weekend will offer a programme of activities at a local activity centre, Hudnall Park Field Studies Centre, which is owned by Hertfordshire County Council. This offers exciting activities and courses designed to provide learning opportunities and personal development for young people.  Sessions will be available for all levels of need and will include those with profound and multiple disabilities.  All activities will attract an additional cost for participants and will be designed to reflect the service users’ abilities, confidence and sense of adventure.

All sessions focus on promoting independence, building and maintaining friendships and adhere to the main principles of the Early Years Foundation Stage. Each child will have their own individual support plan, risk assessment and a personalised outcome which will focus on developing and improving their confidence and independence skills.  This will be monitored through our internal systems and reviewed after each weekend.

The age range the service will work with 9 – 19 years

When will the sessions take place 3 times a year

The length of each session to be offered 12 hours – 2 sessions for an overnight stay (24 hours)

Venue Hudnall Park Field Studies Centre Common Little Gaddesden Berkhamstead Herts HP4 1QN

Contact details 01923 220816

Email CandYP@watfordmencap.org.uk

 

Watford and District Mencap Lego Club

The Lego Club will be for children and young people with a learning disability aged 5 – 19 years.  This service will run fortnightly and offer a supported environment for young people to come together and share their love of Lego while encouraging their creativity and developing their social skills.  The session will run for 2 hours and although the session time will be fixed additional hours will also be available to purchase.

A range of Lego will be available and Lego games and plans will also be available on an iPad. Members of the club will be encouraged to join the Lego Club, a free club facilitated by Lego which provides a regular magazine and outings will be available at an additional cost such as trips to Legoland. A tuck shop would be available for young people to access

All sessions focus on promoting independence, building and maintaining friendships and adhere to the main principles of the Early Years Foundation Stages. Each child will have their own individual support plan, risk assessment and a personalised outcome which will focus on developing and improving their confidence and independence skills.  This will be monitored through our internal systems and reviewed each term.

The age range the service will work with 5 – 19 years

Venue  Watford Mencap Community Centre, The LeMarie Centre for Charities, 524 St Albans Road, Watford, Hertfordshire WD24 7RX

When will the sessions take place Fortnightly Saturday 10.30am - 12.30pm

The length of each session to be offer 2 hours

Contact details 01923 220816

Email CandYP@watfordmencap.org.uk

 

Watford and District Mencap Weekend Activities  

For children and young people with a learning disability aged 5 – 19 years.  This service will run on various Saturdays throughout the year and offer a variety of activities for a wide range of ages and abilities.

Flexibility is at the heart of these activities with parents being able to book their sessions each term and although the core sessions will run for 4 hours, from 11am-3pm, parents will be able to ‘bolt on’ hours before or after to enable them to tailor the session to meet their needs.  Additional hours will also be available to purchase.

Attendees will bring a packed lunch and will be able to choose the activities they wish to patriciate in. This could include sensory sessions, music, art and craft, outdoor activities, soft play and cooking.  All sessions focus on promoting independence, building and maintaining friendships and adhere to the main principles of the Early Years Foundation Stages.

Each child will have their own individual support plan, risk assessment and a personalised outcome which will focus on developing and improving their confidence and independence skills.  This will be monitored through our internal systems and reviewed each term.

VenueWatford Mencap’s Community Centre, 524 St Albans Road, Watford, WD24 7RX

Contact details: 01923 220816

email: CandYP@watfordmencap.org.uk

Watford and District Mencap Youth Club

The Youth Club will be for young people with a learning disability aged 13 – 19 years and offer an opportunity to make friends and share experiences.  This service will run weekly on a Friday during term time and run from 6pm – 9pm offering a variety of activities for a wide range of abilities.

 

Sessions will take place at our fully accessible centre in North Watford.  The activities will be planned and chosen by the young people to get them involved in the service and making choices and will take into consideration cultural celebrations. This service will work in conjunction with other youth services such as Youth Connexions focusing on promoting independence, building and maintaining friendships and will adhere to the main principles of the Early Years Foundation Stage. A tuck shop is available for young people to access

Each young person will have their own individual support plan, risk assessment and a personalised outcome which will focus on developing and improving their confidence and independence skills.  This will be monitored through internal systems and reviewed each term.

Venues

Watford Mencap’s Community Centre, 524 St Albans Road, Watford, WD24 7RX

Contact details: 01923 220816

email: CandYP@watfordmencap.org.uk

Watford and District Mencap Buddying Service

The buddying service will provide fully trained staff to support children and young people to access mainstream activities such as scouts, ballet etc. The service will match staff to the interest of the young person they are supporting. The support could be offered for a short time or on a longer term regular basis. Alongside this support, Watford Mencap’s staff member will coach and inform the activity staff member to understand the support needed by the young person. The activity staff will receive extensive training enabling them to support children and young people with a wide range of needs, something volunteers would not be expected to be able to do. This training will also enable them to provide advice and solutions to mainstream activities enabling them to learn and support more children and young people with special needs. Mainstream activities will be encouraged to support the young people themselves in time but the service will remain available to them should they require advice.

The age range the service will work with  5 – 19 years

The Venue In the community

When will the sessions take place When required

The minimum number of attendees per session   1

The maximum number of attendees per session              Dependent upon need

The length of each session to be offered  3 hours

Contact details 01923 220816

Email CandYP@watfordmencap.org.uk

 

Watford and District Mencap Holiday Clubs

The Holiday Clubs supports children and young people aged 5 –19 in Watford,  Three Rivers and Hertsmere with a Learning disability and can support additional disabilities such as epilepsy, gastrostomy. This service will run every week of each holiday, offering a variety of activities for a wide range of ages and abilities. Flexibility is at the heart of these activities, with parents being able to book their sessions before each holiday and although the core sessions will be 6 hours, parents will be able to ‘bolt on’ hours before or after to enable them to tailor the session to meet their needs.  Additional hours will also be available to purchase with direct payments or individual budgets.

Sessions will take place at our centre which is safe and secure and fully accessible as well as other venues in the community. Each of our venues is selected for their location and proximity to local transport links and suitability to meet the needs of the groups attending.  Each location has a comprehensive risk assessment and we liaise very closely with any external venues.  We do not use any venue or activity that does not comply with the requirements of our comprehensive Health and Safety Policy

A programme of activities will be prepared for each holiday and attendees will be able to choose the activities in which they wish to participate.  This could include sensory sessions, music, art and craft, outdoor activities, soft play and cooking.  We also work in partnership with local organisations to enhance the services we offer such as Pets As Therapy, a local singing group, animal talks and the local fire brigade 

All outings will be offered for those over 8 and with local facilities within the community such as golf, bowling and cinema. A different type of session will be offered to those at college enabling them to go out in the local community in small groups, mixing with others already at college. This will help them prepare for the transition to adult services.  All sessions focus on promoting independence, building and maintaining friendships and adhere to the principles of the Early Years Foundation Stages.  

Venues

Watford Mencap’s Community Centre, 524 St Albans Road, Watford, WD24 7RX

Parmiters School, High Elms Lane, Watford, WD25 0UU

Contact details: 01923 220816

email: CandYP@watfordmencap.org.uk

SNAP Weekend Youth Club

This group runs on both Saturdays for young people aged 14-19 years who have learning disabilities of varying severity, physical or sensory disabilities and/or challenging behaviour. Activities such as a travel group, a football supporters group, and attendance at festivals, firework displays, shopping trips, farm visits, and a range of other outside activities will be encouraged.

The club will normally run for 5 hours but may be longer on occasion to meet the needs of the activity chosen by the participants.

Norwood Holiday Club

Holiday Club for children and young people with disabilities aged 5 – 18 years. The club is divided into 5-11 year olds and 12-18 year old to provide age appropriate activities and promote relationship forming amongst peers.

Activities include: arts and crafts, sports, music therapy and messy play. Parents and carers are also consulted on the preferences, likes and dislikes of the children and young people. Weeks or sessions as a whole are themed, and examples of themes include; Around the World, Carnival, Time Travel and Fantasy.

At The Norwood Centre and Jewish Community Secondary School, the facilities are designed to enhance development and learning, as well as for the children to have fun and enjoy themselves. Specialist sensory equipment, a well-equipped sensory room and soft play areas are available, as well as outdoor gardens designed for children with learning disabilities. For example, the playground at JCoSS has a wheelchair accessible play roundabout, and floor level trampoline.

Venues are fully wheelchair accessible, are purpose built with wide hallways and high ceilings, and have appropriate bathrooms and changing rooms.

Where:Jewish Community Secondary School
Castlewood Rd
New Barnet
Hertfordshire
EN4 9GE

Contact details: 020 8809 8809

jo.shone@norwood.org.uk

Noah's Ark - Holiday Club

Holiday Club for children and young people with disabilities aged 5 – 16 years. The club will run during the Easter holidays, Christmas and Summer school holidays. Age ranges are separated into areas with activities which are age/ability appropriate.

A range of activities are offered, including:-

  • Arts/crafts; imaginary play (dressing up); board games/puzzles/books; computer games; videos; cooking; sand/water play; sensory equipment including UV lights, tactile toys, sound and light toys; we have developed a sensory den.
  • Outdoor activities e.g. bikes, sports, climbing equipment, messy play.
  • Indoor visits include balloon modelling, PAT (Pets as Therapy) dog, music/drama sessions, art play; visits from Police/Fire brigade. 

Trips to: - soft-play, sailing, adventure playgrounds, bowling, theatre, farms and parks, local pet shop, Aldenham adventure park. 

Where: St. Teresa’s School Brook Rd, Borehamwood WD6 5HL

Contact details: 02089 062 783     mailto:noahs-ark@live.co.uk