Welcome to the Aiming High service!
Aiming High provide short break opportunities for children and young people with special educational needs or disabilities to spend time away from their family and provide parents/carers with a valuable break. 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 and have been designed to let children/young people aged under 25 years to enjoy a choice of activities.
Aiming High Activities
Some children and young people prefer to go to groups that are specifically designed to meet their needs. These are called Aiming High Activities
The Aiming High Team currently offer a range of activities at a variety of locations across the County.
Access Criteria: Activities open to child/young personwith SEND who lives in Rutland and is registered with Aiming High.
Availability: Unlimited, although children/young people who have not attended certain activities before may be given a priority.
Application Process: Via Aiming High Team.
Aiming High Short Breaks Scheme
It is recognised that some children and young people who have special educational needs or disablities may need additional support to go to local clubs or facilities. The Aiming High Short Breaks Scheme can provide funding for this support.
- Aged 5 Years to 25 Years
- Resident in Rutland
- Not receiving support funded by Rutland Social Care
- Are in receipt of higher level Disability Living Allowance or enhanced Personal Independence Payment (Care Component)
- Have a place that is funded by Rutland Council at a special school (excluding DSPs)and are in receipt of a mid-rate Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payment (Care Component)
A Short Breaks Scheme payment may be available if you meet the above criteria.
Families may use this payment creatively to pay for a whole range of short break opportunities so long as this provides a fun and enjoyable experience for their child and a short break for the rest of the Family.
Families are required to report to Rutland County Council regarding their spend and guidance is available on what the Short Break Scheme.
Aiming High Wider Support
The Aiming High Team also provide wider support for families who have a child with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities (SEND).
Services include ASD support group for parents, advice and support from ADHD Solutions and access to specialist services and information. The Aiming High Team also work with siblings of children with SEND through Young Carers Groups called Young Stars and TOFU (Time out for Us).
How do we apply?
Please complete an application form online to join the Aiming High Register.
You can also find the application form on the inside back cover of the Aiming High brochure.