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What does Adur Special Needs Project Do?

Adur Special Needs Project is an Ofsted inspected, registered charity (reg no. 1088423) which runs out of school clubs specifically for children and young people with a range of special/additional needs in the West Sussex area. Whilst the children are with us and enjoying their activities, their families and carers can enjoy valuable respite.

We run a weekend play scheme which currently operates out of Glebelands Day Centre in Shoreham-by-Sea. This takes place on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month during school term times, starting at 9.30am and finishing at 3pm. Activities include bouncy castle, free play, arts and craft, cooking, music and music workshops, outdoor play, sensory room activities, minibus outings. Age range: 5 – 15 years, inclusive. Full day session costs £25.

 

Where are the activities based?

Currently our Saturday play schemes run from Glebelands Day Centre, Middle Road, Shoreham-by-Sea BN43 6GA.

 

Who does your service provide for?

Our age ranges are: Weekend play scheme: 5 years – 15 years, inclusive.

Anybody with special/additional needs can apply to join one of our groups; members do not need to be referred or statemented. We are happy to consider anybody as a member but whilst we have first aid training we cannot currently cater for members who require medical care and assistance.

 

How can I start using the service?

Anybody can apply to join our groups. Members do not need to be referred or statemented to be eligible for membership.

Our weekend play scheme costs £25 per day session.

Weekend play scheme costs can, under some circumstances, be funded by referring authorities.

Currently we do not have a waiting list for any of the groups but are close to capacity for the weekend play scheme.

 

How are decisions made about who can use your service?

We run to guidelines laid out in our Constitution. Criteria for membership are broadly laid out on this site, but ultimately it will be the Trustees’ decision as to who is eligible for membership. Further clarification can be given upon application.

 

How do you communicate with service users and how are they involved in decision making and planning?

Due to the nature of our service in many instances members are not involved in decision making and planning on a day-to-day basis. However, we actively encourage input from parents and carers as to activities that we might consider undertaking. We offer equal opportunities for all our members. Currently we do not have any members who communicate by signing, etc, but we seek to involve and engage all members at whatever level they are at. At the present moment we do not have any members or families whose first language is not English.

At the end of every session there is the opportunity for parents and carers to speak to staff about how the session has gone and how their child is doing.

 

Is your service fully accessible?

The buildings we operate from are fully wheelchair accessible. We have disabled changing and toilet facilities at Glebelands Day Centre. Most of our members require 1:1 assistance and therefore our staffing levels are high in order to facilitate this.

 

What training has been given to the staff supporting children and young people with SEND and what training is planned for the future?

Several of our staff have been on manual handling training courses. We are planning to get all staff trained in manual handling over the coming year. Twelve of our staff and volunteers recently completed First Aid Training sessions in paediatric emergency first aid, and others have undertaken first aid training on a private basis, through their employers, and St John Ambulance service.

 

Who can I contact for further information?

If there is a specific incident or issue arising at, or relevant to, a session, the first person to speak to is the session supervisor who will try to deal with the matter (according to its nature) then and there before s/he reports back to the Administrator and Trustees.

General enquiries should be directed to Yvonne McKeown (Administrator) on 07788 239634 (please be aware that this number is only answered on Monday to Thursday mornings) or emailed to info@adurspecialneedsproject.org.uk. This email address is checked regularly both during and out of office hours.

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