Project information

KIDS Short Breaks for Disabled Children

KIDS Short Breaks for disabled children provide in-need families with a vital break from their caring responsibilities, while allowing the child or young person to access new opportunities, have a happy childhood and give them the best possible chance of achieving their aspirations.

Short Breaks is an ongoing project

Charity information: KIDS

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  • Need

    Need

    Disabled children and their families suffer from social exclusion often as a result of a combination of linked problems, including poverty, segregation and discrimination. 8/10 disabled children suffer from bullying and 83% are unable to access any suitable leisure or recreational activities whatsoever due to social, physical and financial constraints. Additionally, 7/10 parents state their family has reached or come close to breaking point due to a lack of short breaks services.

    Solution

    KIDS Short Breaks give disabled children and young people opportunities to do things they may never otherwise experience, such as attend weekly swimming lessons or art and craft workshops, with the support of their own Short Breaks Practitioner. Short Breaks improve their well-being, whilst also increasing their skills, confidence, independence and future opportunities. They also allow parents to have frequent breaks from caring, easing their stress and preventing them from reaching exhaustion

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Empower disabled children and young people

    Activities

    » By supporting them to access mainstream recreational and leisure activities, increasing their confidence, skills and independence

    Through informal observations and formal questionnaires & meetings with children and young people. Each child has a development plan which is frequently reviewed by staff & parents


    Aim 2

    Reduce isolation and segregation among disabled children and young people

    Activities

    » By giving them the opportunity to get out of the house, meet other children and do things they have never done before

    Through informal observations and formal questionnaires & meetings with children and young people. Each child has a development plan which is frequently reviewed by staff & parents


    Aim 3

    Better prepare and equip disabled young people for adulthood

    Activities

    » By helping them to develop their practical and social skills and gain confidence, impacting their educational attainment and employment prospects

    Through informal observations and formal questionnaires & meetings with children and young people. Each child has a development plan which is frequently reviewed by staff & parents


    Aim 4

    Improve the well-being of the whole family unit

    Activities

    » By enabling parents to take vital, frequent breaks from their caring role, allowing them to recharge their batteries and better care for their family

    Through informal observations and formal questionnaires & meetings with parents


  • Impact

    Impact

    Short Breaks aim to give disabled children the extra support they need to succeed. We want them to achieve their goals, have a good quality of life and be as independent as possible. Our success is demonstrated through each child’s development plan, which is regularly updated with information on things such as their levels of happiness and confidence, behaviour, education and employment. We work with each child or young person on an individual basis to help them to achieve their next goal.

    Risk

    The main risks we face relate to safeguarding, as many of the children we support with this programme are extremely vulnerable and require a high level of care. KIDS has dealt with these risks by creating comprehensive safeguarding policies and procedures and ensuring all staff are highly trained and fully inducted on these issues.

    Reporting

    We will thank each donor immediately and send them a full report within 1 year of their donation, detailing what their donations have enabled and the impact this has had on the children and young people we support. We will include specific case studies, photos and quotes from children and parents

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £15,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £5,000 Arts Activities Taking disabled children to arts activities (e.g. art & craft workshops, cinema, theatre)
      £5,000 Sport & Leisure Activities Taking disabled children to sport & leisure activities (e.g. swimming, bowling, activity centre)
      £5,000 Group Events/Outings Running a group short break (e.g. summer party, picnic, trip to seaside)
  • Background

    Location

    KIDS runs short breaks across England, in areas such as: London and the South East; Bristol and the South West; the West Midlands; and Yorkshire and Humberside.

    Beneficiaries

    All of the children and young people KIDS supports are disadvantaged as they are disabled, and more than half of families with disabled children in the UK live below the poverty line. KIDS works in many pockets of high deprivation, such as Hull and areas of London, as well as across rural areas where families can be very isolated, such as Lincolnshire and Cambridgeshire. 93% of parents of disabled children suffer from stress or depression; Short Breaks aims to offer them life-changing support

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    KIDS has been transforming the lives of disabled children and young people since 1970, and short breaks was the first service we offered to families. We have remained at the forefront of delivering innovative services to families since then, and in 2009 we launched a web-based Direct Short Breaks service, allowing families to self-refer and book breaks at any time (e.g. when their child is asleep). We support all disabilities, meaning our staff and highly skilled and extremely knowledgeable

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Caroline Stevens

    KIDS Chief Executive Caroline Stevens has a deep and personal understanding of the need for short breaks, being the mother of a child with autism

    Ais Reynolds

    Ais is KIDS Direct Short Breaks Operations Manager, and oversees the management of KIDS innovative Direct Short Breaks Online Portal

    Michael Singh

    Michael has worked for KIDS for 8 years and oversees KIDS' short breaks services in some of east London's most deprived communities