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Project information

Independence and fun

For social activities, including inclusive summer scheme where disabled people aged 12 - 19, often excluded because of lack of facilities, could fully participate. Focus on increasing personal independence whilst having fun, and there would be sessions on self advocacy, and keeping yourself safe.

July 2011 - August 2012

Charity information: Harrow Associaiton of Disabled people

Harrow Associaiton of Disabled people logo
  • Need


    Local summer and other schemes do not cater for disabled young people, eg. do not provide personal care, which means their parents have to attend with them, schemes often not in accessible premises, and insuffcient staff to support people who need hands on support to particiapte in activities. Disabled people are excluded, and their parents have no break.


    We will provide activities in accessible premises with staff who are trained to support disabled people with personal care, and their other support needs, whilst adhering to principles of people reaching highest levels of independance possible. We will also offer places to friends and siblings of disabled people so they are not segregated.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Inclusive activities/ schemes for disabled children, to stop exclusion in summer holidays.


    » Provide full care and support in accessible buildings, allowing young disabled people to participate as non disabled children do.
    » Inclusion of the friends and siblings of the disabled child, and allows inclusion with non disabled friends.
    » Provision of age appropriate activities for disabled children who are often not able to access those because of lack of support.

    What success will look like

    Success will be

    Full participation in activities for 30 young people
    Enjoyment of activities usually not usually available as not accessible way for 30 young people

    Aim 2

    To promote learning of independence and self advocacy skills in young disabled people


    » Self advocacy/ empowerment sessions presented in a fun way to enable young people to learn new skills and abilities to live independently.
    » Provison of positive models through particiaption of disabled staff working in and managing the scheme.

    What success will look like

    Success will be...
    Increased confidence and independence skills for at least 15 young people

    Aim 3

    Respite care to support family carers to continue their lives without major interruption


    » Activities will work for parents working days, and provide for all the disabled child's needs.

    What success will look like

    Success will be
    Respite care through freedom to continue working or spend quality time alone or with the disabled young person’s siblings for at least 15 parents.

  • Impact


    A model will be available to enable this to happen for more children.
    Lasting skills will be in place for children who have participated.
    This will be demonstrated by children being more able to speak for themselves, and retaining social links with each other after using scheme


    Not having staff trained or able to meet needs (will train staff); Parents refusing to pay a contribution (have processes to follow up); Participants not being honest about need (unlikely as so many HAD staff disabled, no incentive to lie)
    Damage to premises (we have second option)


    We will report in any format requested, or if no format given will submit written report of activities and outcomes, with costs. Will use feedback from parents and young people.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £30,400

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      Amount Heading Description
      £25,000 Staff and trainers To run all activities and to support children
      £3,000 Premises Set premises, although community used too.
      £2,400 Equipment & expenses Arts, other small items, travel, training, access, telephone, admin
  • Background


    Project will be run in two main centres in Wealdstone, and will also take place in community locations such as cinemas, parks and other facilities, mainly in Harrow, but some trips may be external to Harrow


    Disabled children and young people, and their parents and carers. Most will live in Harrow or very close by boroughs, and all will recognise the need for the development of independence skills and a social life for the young disabled people

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are a user led organisation so are very aware of how to meet disability needs. Most employees and volunteers are disabled, and are good role models to support parents with their anxieties and young people with balance between managing risks and having fun.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Staff Will Be Recruited, Possibly From Current Internal Staff Group

    Staff members will be experienced in supporting disabled people and helping them to meet their disability access needs.

    Volunteers Will Be Recruited, Possibly From Current Internal Volunteer Group

    Volunteers will be experienced in supporting disabled people and helping them to meet their disability access needs