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Short Breaks, Leisure & Activities

Apply for a Short Breaks Grant July 2020 - September 2020 - Now Closed

Dear Parent/Carer

As you are aware, things are changing constantly in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and the Government’s guidance to stay home and keep a safe social distance.   More so than ever Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council recognise that families caring full time for a child or young person with a disability and or Special Educational Needs (SEND) will struggle to get any kind of break from caring and will be looking for opportunities to entertain and occupy children and young people at home as a family.

Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council want to continue to offer support through the Short Breaks grant for eligible families and to do this we are working on creative ways that young people and families will continue to benefit from the grant.  We need a little more time to do this and are talking to Stockton Parent Carer Forum to firm up some options that we hope will give parents a break in the home that will also be appreciated by young people.

The new revised offer that will be more usable during this period and is available on line and can be accessed directly by using the link above.

Yours sincerely

 

Jo Lee

Service Manager Looked After Children and Resources

In this section you can find out about Short Breaks, Leisure and Activities by clicking on the associated link below.

 

Short Breaks

Apply for a Short Breaks Grant July 2020 - September 2020 - Now Closed

For the period 1 July 2020 to 30 Sep 2020, parents and carers of disabled children and young people aged 3-17, will be able to apply for a grant of up to £250. A grant of up to £75 will be available for those children and young people already in receipt of other services provided from the Council following an assessment of need from a Social Worker. 

The Short Breaks Grant is a limited fund and Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council reserve the right to close the scheme before the closure date of 31st July 2020.

The Short Breaks Grant for July - September 2020 is now closed as the limit of the budget has been reached.

Short Breaks

Short breaks provide disabled children and young people with fun, enjoyment and a chance to be with friends while their parents and carers have a break from caring. They come in many different forms ranging from an overnight stay in a residential centre or a carer's home to attending a youth club, leisure centre or getting involved in a sports activity. 

For a short video on short breaks click here.

Read more about the benefits of Short Breaks on the SENDirect website 

Useful Information

How do I return unused funds?

The attached form must be completed and returned to the Cashiers Office along with your payment.

Alternatively you can pay online on Stockton Council's Secure Payments page, just select 'Short Breaks Repayment' from the drop down list that you will see in the middle of the page and you will be taken to the Short Breaks Repayment screen.

Please note that unused funds must be returned by taking them to your nearest Cashiers Office listed on the form, or by paying online. Please DO NOT SEND CASH OR CHEQUES to the Short Breaks Support Officer.

Who should I contact if I have any questions about short breaks for disabled children?

You can contact the Short Breaks Support Officer, Frances Selby, on 01642 526745.

The Short Breaks Grant has been co-produced with Stockton Parent Carer Forum. If you have any feedback regarding the offer you can contact them via email at: info@stocktonparentcarerforum.co.uk

CEA Card (UK Cinema Association)

CEA Card

The CEA Card is a national card scheme developed by the Cinema Exhibitors’ Association (CEA) for UK cinemas. The scheme was introduced in 2004 and is one of the ways for participating cinemas to ensure they make reasonable adjustments for disabled guests when they go to the cinema; in particular it ensures a complimentary ticket for someone to go with them.

For more information on the CEA Card please click here and/or on the required links on the right hand side of this page. 

Autism Hour at Teesside

According to the National Autistic Society, 64% of autistic people avoid going to the shops because of sensory overload. 
 
For that reason, we're rolling out a weekly Autism Hour at Teesside from 9am to 10am on Saturday mornings.

This will continue every Saturday from the launch date to make shopping at Teesside more autism-friendly.

​We're here to help everyone enjoy their experience.

So what can you expect? We've spoken to our in-store teams and here's what we've agreed:

Argos – Music off, no tannoy announcements for the first hour, and no roll cages on the floor or staff replenishing shelves between 9am and 10am.

ASDA Living – A third of the lights off and music level lowered.

Boots – Music off. Trained pharmacist in branch to offer help and advice.

Barker and Stonehouse – Staff awareness.

Carphone Warehouse – Music level lowered.

Charles Clinkard – Music will be turned off completely. Customers can make appointments (first thing or last thing on a weekend, and subject to availability during the week) to take away the element of having to wait. They have toys for children to play with. In addition, all Charles Clinkard staff have completed autism awareness training with local charity Daisy Chain. You can find out more about Daisy chain by clicking here.

Clarks – Music off. Clarks has its own autism friendly shopping experiences out of hours on a Sunday morning before the store is open to customers. 

Clintons – Music level lowered.

Costa (& Costa NEXT) – Staff awareness.

Currys PC World – Music off. There will be the usual noise and lights coming from products on display, such as televisions.

EE – Music/monitors off.

DFS – Staff awareness.

Footasylum – Music level lowered.

GAME – Staff awareness.

Greggs – Music off for the first hour.

H&M – Music level lowered.

Hobbycraft – Lighting will be lowered to emergency lighting; music will also be lowered.

Holland & Barrett – Staff awareness.

Hotel Chocolat – Music level lowered.

JD – Music level lowered.

Laura Ashley – Music level lowered.

Mamas & Papas – Music off and partial lighting.

Moss Bros – Music off.

Mothercare – Music and kids’ ride-on switched off.

M&S – No music; lighting level lowered.

McDonald's – Music level lowered.

Morrisons – Music off, kiddy rides off, and no tannoy announcements in the first hour.

New Look – Lighting lowered.

NEXT – Music level lowered.

Outfit – Music level lowered.

O2 – Music level lowered. 

Office Outlet – Music level lowered.

Pandora – Music level lowered.

Paperchase – Music off.

Pets At Home – Staff awareness, and they will gladly lift the animals out for autistic shoppers to pet.

River Island – Music off.

Schuh – Music off.

Simply Be – Music level lowered.

Sports Direct – Music level lowered.

Superdrug – Music off and all other noise reduced (no till bells, no cages/trolleys on the shop floor moved, immediately responding to barrier alarms etc.). 

As a company, Superdrug has educated its store teams with an introduction to autism, how to interact with customers who have autism, and how to help them, along with how its stores look and feel during the hour.

Sofology – Music level lowered.

Showcase Cinema – on the second Sunday of every month, Showcase has an Autism Friendly Screening, where the lighting and volume are lowered in the auditorium, there aren’t any trailers, the films are shown in 2D, customers can take their own food/drink in, and they’re able to move around during the screening.

Thomas Cook – Music off.

TUI – Music level lowered.

TK Maxx – Lowered music and lighting.

USC – Music level lowered.

WH Smith – Will open at 8:30 on a Saturday to allow an hour and a half for Autism Hour. Lighting will be lowered and music will be switched off during this time. 

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