We have now received notification of the funding we are going to have from April 2012 to March 2013 from Lancashire Break Time.
The sessions we are now going to be able to provide are:
Tuesday – Junior IMPACT Club (4 – 11 years) 5pm– 7pm NEW!
Wednesday – Senior IMPACT Club (11 – 18 years) 5.30pm – 8.30pm
Thursday – Hyndburn Autism Activity Club (4 – 11 years) 5.30 – 7.30pm
Saturday – Junior IMPACT Club (4 -11 years) 10am – 2pm. Children under 8 years can stay for 2 hours due to OFSTED regulations.
Saturday – Senior IMPACT Club (11- 18 years) 2.30pm -5.30pm
New additions to the programme are the Saturday morning session and the Junior IMPACT session on a Tuesday.
Unfortunately we have not received the funding for the Rossendale Satellite Clubs after April 2012.
We can continue to fund the Monday evening Family session with staff funded by Children In Need but these sessions will be more parents led with a smaller team of staff to help parents.
At the moment we have been funded for Saturday mornings but Lancashire County Council are saying that we can no longer call them Family sessions. The funding we have been given currently is to provide a Junior IMPACT club on a Saturday morning and we will provide a range of activities for children aged 4 – 11 years for up to 4 hours.
This is because by definition the term Short Break means that parents should not be present in the same building and that parents require a break from their caring role. I have contacted Lancashire County Council (LCC) and explained that we are getting a new unit and we are going to provide a new parent area in there so parents can stay and meet other parents if they choose. We are waiting for an answer about this and I will keep parents informed of their decision. If LCC decide we can’t provide family sessions then we need to contact LCC and all parents will be asked if they can write to LCC through Action for ASD to ask for these sessions to continue. I suggest that any parents who want these sessions to continue write now and I will forward all the letters on behalf of all the parents. You can send your comments by email or write your comments on Facebook on our Action for ASD page.
In addition to the change of session on a Saturday morning we are now only funded for 10 children per session and we are not allowed to take any more than 10 children on each session. We can however apply to LCC for more funding for extra children when we have recorded the demand for each session. I anticipate we will have more than 10 children wanting to attend each session as we currently have much more demand per week than 10 places.
Children aged 8 – 11 years who will attend the Saturday morning session will be asked to bring a packed lunch as the sessions will run over the lunchtime period. Children who attend the Junior IMPACT session on a Tuesday will also need to bring their dinner with them.
I know there are some changes to the programme and I will endeavour to make sure that we provide, what you the parents want. We are however going to be offering a full fun and exciting programme of support for children and young people with an Autism Spectrum Condition through term time and in the Easter holidays and we are always here to listen to your views on what we provide. We will let you know in due course of whether we have received funding for holiday activities.
If you have any further questions at this stage please contact me through the office or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I will keep you all posted with any further news!