Disabled children aim high for half term


Disabled children across the borough are set to enjoy a fun filled half-term after Sefton Council’s Aiming High service recorded its best ever summer programme of activities.

During half-term, families who register withAiming High will enjoy a range of exciting activities including soft play and sensory sessions, drama and science camps, trips to see Peter Pan the musical and Legoland.

There will be spooky thrills and spills when families enjoy a Halloween themed family fun day, disco and pumpkin carving.

During the summer school holiday, more than 330 children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities enjoyed a host of short breaks sessions at a range of settings across Sefton, including schools, children’s centres, leisure centres, community and outdoor settings.

Highlights from the summer programme included Family Fun Days, a trip to Chester Zoo and 74 children mixing with their non-disabled peers in mainstream multi-sports and football sessions.

Cllr John Joseph Kelly, Cabinet Member for children, schools and safeguarding at Sefton Council, said: “It is important that children and young people in Sefton have a good quality of life, enjoy their childhood and feeling fulfilled. This is just as true for those children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.

“I am extremely proud of the way our short breaks programmes support children and their families. I am also proud of the way it shines a light on the best attributes of Sefton and our community spirit, with families, volunteers and staff from Sefton Council showing real passion, enthusiasm and commitment to create something special and beloved for our children.”

Richard Potts, Team Leader at Aiming High Short Breaks, added: “Being able to access a short break hugely benefits children with special educational needs and disabilities and their families. It improves their health, well-being and learning by opening them up to opportunities they would not normally have and helps them to socialise with other children and families.

“It is very heartening to see that more and more children in Sefton are getting these chances through Aiming High short breaks. We are really excited for the half-term programme as Halloween always brings great fun and creativity out of our families, volunteers and staff.”

If you or someone you know in Sefton has children age 0-25yrs with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND), contact Sefton Council’s Aiming High team on 0151 288 6811, by email[email protected] or via Facebook /seftonaiminghigh

To find out about all services in Sefton for young people age 0-25yrs with SEND, visit:www.seftondirectory.com/localoffer


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