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Grants available to support short breaks for disabled children

by Jonathan Kearney

As part of Knowsley’s Short Breaks Programme, grants are now available to support organisations working to improve the lives of disabled children and their families in Knowsley.

Grants are available for up to a maximum of £10,000 to help local projects get up and running, enhancing the Knowsley Short Breaks offer for children with disabilities and their families.

The initiative is part of the wider range of services available to parents and carers of children with disabilities and special needs (SEND) called the ‘Local Offer’.

In order to be eligible to apply for a Short Breaks small grant, the project must meet at least one of the following categories that have been developed for 2021/22 in consultation with parents/carers:

•Delivering support to parents/carers of children with a disability (e.g. parent support groups, workshops, etc)

• Self-advocacy and championing the voice of children and young people with a disability (e.g. young people-led forums)

• Supporting transition from children’s services to adult services (e.g. social events/activities for young people aged 16-25 with additional needs)

• Growing specialist disability-friendly sports/arts/drama/cultural provision

• Delivering activities for children and young people with more complex disability needs

• Supporting families with a child/ren with additional needs aged 0-4 (e.g. stay & play, outreach, network groups, etc)

•Whole family activities/events (e.g. involving parents & siblings in events, trips out, regular gatherings/groups, etc)

• Supporting siblings of disabled children (e.g. activities, events, peer support, etc)

• Helping to make universal services more inclusive for children with additional needs aged 0-25 (e.g. training, adaptations, etc).

The deadline for Short Breaks Small Grants applications is 5pm on Monday, 14 June. You can find an application form and eligibility criteria here.