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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.

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

mailto:julie.ratcliffe@royaldeaf.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.

Age 5 – 19 years

3 hour sessions

Watford and District Mencap Holiday Club - Community Centre St Albans Road

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 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 the local adventure playground, bowling alley, 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.  

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

Contact details: 01923 220816  mailto:candyp@watfordmencap.org.uk

Watford and District Mencap Holiday Club - Parmiters School

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 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 the local adventure playground, bowling alley, 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.  

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

Contact details: 01923 220816  mailto: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 for 27 Saturdays 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.

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

Contact details: 01923 220816 CandYP@watfordmencap.org.uk

Watford and District Mencap Youth Club - Community Centre

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 with an outing every half term. The activities will be planned and chosen by the young people to get them involved in the service and making choices. This service will work in conjunction with other youth services such as YC Hertfordshire focusing on promoting independence, building and maintaining friendships and will adhere to the main principles of the Early Years Foundation Stage. 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.

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

Contact details: 01923 220816  mailto:candyp@watfordmencap.org.uk

Watford and District Mencap Youth Club - Harebreaks Adventure Playground

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 with an outing every half term. The activities will be planned and chosen by the young people to get them involved in the service and making choices. This service will work in conjunction with other youth services such as YC Hertfordshire focusing on promoting independence, building and maintaining friendships and will adhere to the main principles of the Early Years Foundation Stage. 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.

Where: Harebreaks Adventure Playground, 80 Leggatts Way, Watford WD24 5TD

Contact details: 01923 220816  mailto: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.

When: Fortnightly Saturday 10.30am - 12.30pm

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

Contact details: 01923 220816 mailto:candyp@watfordmencap.org.uk

Watford and District Mencap 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 4-5 weekends throughout the year, offering young people the opportunity to stay in a variety of venues. Each session will be 12 hours and the weekend will consist of 2 sessions. 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 such as 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, which means that at least one weekend will be for those with profound and multiple disabilities. This will take place at an accessible hotel in London and a programme of activities will be developed.  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.

Age 9-19

Where: Local adventure centres

When: 4-5 times a year - 12 hour session

Contact detals: 01923 220816 mailto:candyp@watfordmencap.org.uk