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Aiming High Short Breaks Scheme

The Aiming High Short Breaks scheme is for children and young people who need additional support to attend or take part in leisure activities.

Short breaks give children and young people the chance to spend time away from their parents or carers.

They can give parents and carers a valuable break away from their responsibilities to recharge their batteries.

A short break ranges from an hour at an activity to a weekend away.

Short breaks can include day, evening, overnight, weekend or holiday activities..

How the Short Break Scheme Works

Money will be paid directly to your family.

You have the freedom to spend the money on the short breaks that will benefit your child the most.

The payment is to help cover any additional costs a child with special educational needs or a disabilty may incur when going out for the day or to an activity.


What You Can Spend The Grant On

The purpose of the funding is to help cover any additional costs a child or young person with special educational needs or a disability may incur when attending an activity or going out for the day.

A short breaks grant can be used for:

  • To pay a personal assistant to provide 1:1 support to attend the short break
  • Public Liability Insurance
  • Costs involved in paying a personal assistant (e.g. payroll)
  • PA / carer travel costs to an activity
  • Entry costs for the PA in to the venue
  • Private 1:1 tuition if you child needs this because of their additional needs (e.g. riding, dancing, singing)
  • 1:1 support to allow your child to attend an activity, including Aiming High and Family Centre activities 

Who Can Apply

The scheme is for children and young people aged 5 to 25 years old, resident in Rutland, not receiving any support from Rutland Social Care and:

Have a place at a special school (excluding DSPs) that is funded by Rutland County Council and are in receipt of mid-rate disability living allowance / PIP (care component)


Recieve higher level disability living allowance / PIP (care component)

How To Apply

Grant Amounts

Once we are satisfied your family meet the criteria, you will receive the following:

In receipt of higher rate DLA / PIP - £1,000 per year

In receipt of mid rate DLA / PIP - £800 per year

If you apply part way through a year, the amount will be paid on a prorata basis.

The money will be paid in two installments throughout the year.

Your Responsibilities

  • You have to return a monitoring form to tell us how the money has been spent
  • You must keep receipts 
  • If you choose to use your Short Breaks Scheme payment to employ someone, there are certain things you need to do as an employer.
  • This is a type of personal budget. Personal budgets can also sometimes be used to arrange and pay for some of the support agreed in a child or young person’s Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan or a Social Care Child in Need / Care Plan.


Where to Get More Help

Contact the Aiming High team at Rutland County Council:

Tel: 01572 722577


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