Shropshire Short Breaks Capital Funding 2013/14

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Shropshire Short Breaks has some capital funding available.

The capital funding can be used to develop universal and community based services to make them more accessible or to enhance services already available to disabled children and their families. Capital funding can be used to improve facilities or to purchase equipment. There is a minimum limit of £2,500. It cannot be used to fund staff, training or activities.

We have a maximum of £150,000 to spend before the end of August 2013 and would like to hear from a variety of organisations (service providers, Council services, parent support groups, charities etc…) that have an idea of how they would use this fund to develop their service areas for the benefit of the Short Breaks programme. Ideally, we would like to hear about existing or planned projects, which can sustain themselves beyond this one-off support.

Terms and conditions attached to this funding include;

• Funding will be in the form of a ‘one off’ funding agreement.
• Any ongoing costs such as maintenance and repair etc… will not be covered and will be the applicant’s responsibility.
• Proof of Public Liability Insurance and up to date accounts will need to be produced.
• An end of project report along with evidence of expenditure would be required to describe how the money was spent, what equipment was purchased and when the project was completed.
• In the event that our grant does not get spent in full this money must be repaid to Shropshire Council.

Evaluation of applications:

All applications will be evaluated on the basis of:
• Benefit to the Short Breaks programme
• Value for money
• Sustainability

Next step:

If you would like further information or would like to submit a proposal, please contact Harry Cade on 01743 250225 or email harry.cade@shropshire.gov.uk. The deadline for completed forms is Friday 31st May 2013.
(The grant conditions are such that this opportunity will expire by 31 August 2013)

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Community Support Service for Children & Young People with Disabilities

Shropshire Council logoThis service is part of Shropshire’s Short Breaks offer. It provides enjoyable, safe and valuable activities for disabled children and breaks from caring for their parents / carers.

Following a competitive procurement process and a stand-still period which ended at midnight on 7 March 2013, we are pleased to confirm that the contract has been awarded to Action for Children Services Ltd (AFC).AFC logo

The contract will run until 31 March 2015, with the possibility of a one year extension.

The service consists of four elements:

Age       Eligibility
1 After school clubs during school term time, including a bi-weekly Saturday club 4-18 Children’s Social Care criteria apply
2 Outreach activity at the weekend and after school. (In term time and school holidays) 4-18 Children’s Social Care criteria apply
3 Activities during the holiday periods 4-18 (19) ‘All-In’ members + children supported by DCT¹ + Severndale pupils
4 Residential opportunities for children to develop independence skills 4-18 (19) ‘All-In’ members + children supported by DCT¹ + Severndale pupils

¹ DCT = Disabled Children’s Team

Parents told us that they “don’t want a reduction in the level of service being offered”. The Council also expects that the demand for community support is increasing. In response, AFC will be contracted to:

  • Offer more places in after school activities during school term time
  • Offer more places for outreach activity at the weekend and after school
  • Maintain the number of places for holiday activities
  • Maintain the number of places for residential opportunities

Parents said that they “want to choose the setting which they feel is most appropriate for their child’s needs”.

  • AFC will be contracted to negotiate with suitable venues, including, but not necessarily limited to, The Priory School and Severndale Specialist School.

Parents said they wanted a mixture of challenging activities and more supportive activities.

  • AFC will be contracted to provide this choice.

Parents said that they wanted the option of half and full days.

  • AFC will be contracted to provide this choice.

Parents said that they wanted Severndale pupils up to age 19 to be able to access holiday places.

  • AFC will be contracted to provide this.

Parents said that they wanted the option of family activities and sibling support.

  • AFC will be contracted to offer this, providing this does not reduce the opportunities for disabled children.

Parents said they wanted to have a choice of payment methods.

  • AFC will provide this.

 

If you would like any further information regarding what opportunities Action For Children will be providing please contact Katrina Edge at AFC on: 01743 344696 or email Katrina.Edge@actionforchildren.org.uk