Extra summer activities specifically for families with children and young people with SEND in Brighton & Hove
We’re delighted to now be able to share details of some extra summer activities and opportunities specifically for children and young people with SEND and their families.
They are being run by local parent-led support groups and charities, and funded by Brighton & Hove City Council. Over the last few weeks, Amaze and the Parent Carers’ Council (PaCC) have been working intensively with the council to organise these.
In line with Covid-19 guidelines, the activities take place outdoors (with limited numbers of participants) or online. Outdoor activities include:
- table tennis
- social groups
- turn up and play sessions
- days out to local attractions like Drusillas and Knockhatch.
Online options include a sibling support group, singing hands and chat session.
All activities require a parent or carer to be present. However, those being run by staff should enable parent carers to sit back a little while their child gets on with having fun.
These new activities have been developed quickly and creatively in response to parent carers telling us of their urgent need for a break.
Local parent-led PaCC partner groups T21, mASCot and Pebbles, and local charities such as Brighton Table Tennis Club, Barnardos and Mentivity are all involved.
Fiona England, Chair of PaCC, said: “After supporting their children with additional needs in the home 24 hours a day for the whole of lockdown, many families are exhausted and desperate for more support or activities over the summer holidays.
“So we are really pleased to have been able to work closely with colleagues at the council, and support PaCC Partner groups, to come up with a range of creative activities can be accessed virtually, but also, really importantly, face to face.”
You can get full details of these SEND-specific activities (and others such as our Amazing Futures’ groups) on the council’s website at: https://new.brighton-hove.gov.uk/special-educational-needs-and-disabilities/summer-activities-children-and-young-people-send. Some are bookable, some drop in, but most need you to contact the organiser first.
There are still a few more activities to be added – so watch this space!
You can also look at the wider range of summer activities for all children here: https://new.brighton-hove.gov.uk/special-educational-needs-and-disabilities/summer-activities-and-opportunities-children-and-young
To find out how Amaze is supporting families throughout the summer and beyond visit: https://amazesussex.org.uk/coronavirus-advice/coronavirus-support-from-amaze/