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Short breaks for 15 to 19-year-olds with disabilities

by Laura Johnston

Do you have a young person aged 15 to 19 with a disability? If so, they may be interested in getting involved with Knowsley’s short breaks service.

Short breaks give young people with a disability an opportunity to join in activities in the community, as well as giving parents or carers a break from their caring role.

The service has now launched a new range of activities specifically aimed at older teenagers, which have been developed after asking young people about the sorts of things they would like to do.

As well as encouraging young people to socialise independently, the short breaks programme gives them the opportunity to enjoy activities experienced by other young people.

These include trips to the cinema, restaurants, bowling, or shopping. Where appropriate the service will provide travel training. There is also support for young people to attend mainstream youth clubs or activities, or specialist disability provision.

Sports and games sessions – run by experienced inclusive sports staff – are offered alongside existing sessions as a way of building confidence and independence, and enabling young people to take part in an accredited disability/ adaptive sports leader’s training course.

Organisers are also planning a photography project for 15 – 19 year-olds which is a great opportunity to have fun and develop new talents.

Families can have up to five hours of short breaks a week – and this increases during the school holidays. While targeted short breaks activities are subsidised by the Council, there is a small charge of £1 per hour for activity clubs and £4.50 for structured swimming sessions.

For more information about short breaks contact the Early Help, Children with Disabilities Team on 0151 443 5085 or visit the Knowsley Family Information Service website.