We directly support young disabled people (aged between 16 and 25) to make the transition from adolescence to adulthood: a time when a lot of the support they are able to receive may be coming to an end. We assist parents, carers and whole families through this most important time in a young person's life by giving young people confidence in what they can do independently and what can be achieved through person-centred planning and advocacy.
Short breaks for young people can relieve the strain on the family and reduce stress on parents while giving the young person an opportunity to get away from the family home, enjoy new experiences, make new friends and meet new people.
Residential Short Breaks
Residential breaks are the best option for some young people. These are in settings which are as much like an ordinary home as possible, with specialist equipment unobtrusively available to maximise independence. Only small numbers of young people will stay at any one time, creating the feeling of a sleepover. While parents and siblings have a break from caring, the disabled young person can enjoy new activities, experiences and a wider social network, helping them to develop social and life skills and enjoy independence from their families. KIDS has two settings for Residential Short Breaks, KIDS House in Hampshire and Russell House in South Gloucestershire.
Non-residential Short Breaks
On non-residential breaks (Short Breaks in the Community), KIDS workers take the young person out into a community setting, such as a trip to the cinema, bowling or getting a haircut, enabling them to have a positive experience while giving their families a short break. Alternatively, a KIDS worker can care for the young person in their own home while the rest of the family go out. Find out more....
KIDS also supports, enables and empowers groups of young disabled people to participate in the running of their own youth clubs.
KIDS staff support the young people in getting their ideas out in the open, working out cost and writing and applying for these applications, so that young people can the become owners of their groups and have a voice. Find out more....
Transitions sessions focus on young disabled people learning independent living skills and gaining confidence, and promote their access to college and work opportunities. We coordinate mentoring, where older members can work with younger members, and nights out to age-appropriate pubs, restaurants and theatres to improve social skills and independence. Find out more....
SEN Mediation and Disagreement Resolution
Our SEN Mediation and Disagreement Resolution Service provides mediation meetings for young people with Special Educational Needs and their local education authority or the school when there is some kind of disagreement surrounding how best to meet those needs. Mediation is an informal, voluntary process where parties in disagreement meet together with an independent mediator. The mediator is neutral and impartial and does not put forward suggestions or solutions to the disagreement. The mediator is there to help facilitate discussions and to make sure everyone is treated fairly. The aim of mediation is to reach an agreement which is right for both parties. It is the parties themselves who decide on the outcome of the mediation through willingly participating in the mediation process. Over 80% of mediations with our service result in some kind of agreement. Find out more....