What is it?
Many young people and their families find the school holiday periods a particularly challenging time and parents show concern that they can't afford for their children to take part in activities due to the costs involved and specialist support they require. Welfare and Holiday Provision is therefore vital for a number of young people to keep them engaged and positive when out of school, providing some relief and respite for our service users.
We are also able to bridge the gap between term times, keeping the link with children and families. By setting up family days we are also able to encourage and promote positive behaviour management with parents in a supportive environment for all. The continuity of support resulted in positive impact and raise aspiration and improve relationships and communication skills. The feedback from schools in that the young people have been found to be more ready to learn on their return to school.
What are the activities?
Welfare and holiday provision at the Smithill’s Centre includes team games, arts and crafts, bear/Olympic hunts and cooking. These activities are designed to build on skills targeted in schools. For example cooperative working, good listening, sharing and turn taking. In addition the emotional support provided builds on self-esteem and self-belief.
Family activities during the summer holiday have previously included trips to the beach and Blackpool Zoo where behaviour strategies and responses were modelled for parents. Visits to Playfactore, Laser Quest, bowling, mountain biking and horse riding have been organised and supported for identified young people during the summer. We have also organised visits to Windmill Farm and Southport as an end of holiday reward for children who have attended well and met behavioural targets concluded the provision for the year.
Interested and want to find out more?Read our Service Level Agreement (SLA) for schools
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