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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.Watford and District Mencap - Buddying Service

You might find activities that suit you in the Watford or Hertsmere pages

Royal Association For Deaf People Weekend Activities

Royal Association for Deaf People (RAD) deliver a programme which gives young Deaf people, aged 11-18, a chance to experience and access services which they are usually excluded from. The service will provide a safe and secure environment where Deaf people can enjoy activities which are fun, exciting and help to build confidence and develop independent skills. This service is looking to bring members of the Deaf community together to reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness and create new friendships.

All RAD’s services are provided directly in a client’s first language

Some activities are in the Community such as: Paintballing, The Snow Centre, in Hemel Hampstead (with a Deaf instructor), Lee Valley White Water Rafting and Canoeing.  Ariel Adventure Play Park,   Rye House Kart Raceway (Hoddenson), Glazed Creations (Royston), Topgolf and Planet Ice – Ice Rink (Watford).

Contact details:
Voice Phone: 0845 688 2525
Fax: 0845 688 2526
Text Phone: 0845 688 2527

Watford and District Mencap - Buddying Service

he 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.

Age: 5 – 19 years

3 hour section

Contact details: 01923 220816