In October 2017, Harrow Council carried out a short breaks consultation with support from HP4DC. The aim of the provision of short breaks for children and young people with disabilities is to enable parents and carers to undertake their caring role more effectively whilst their children enjoy fun and stimulating activities that contribute to their individual outcomes. In the consultation, parents/carers and children and young people with disabilities said they wanted future services to provide:
Increased support to improve relationships within the family
Increased number of places within services
Services that help their child to develop their independence
A wide range of services that offer new experiences, fun and practical activities, develop social and communication skills whilst meeting new people and making friends such as music, drama, dance, sporting activities, yoga, soft play, horse riding, sailing etc.
A befriending service that enabled young people to go out with an adult other than their parent
A social space for young adults aged 16+ to ‘chill out’
Services that are delivered across the Borough
Improved inclusion and integration into mainstream services
Children and young people said they wanted more variety in the activities such as:
Visiting the seaside,
going to see a football match,
camping, visiting a zoo,
Live Cricket Match,
Families will be able to buy services directly from providers through the direct payment scheme. This also provides parents the opportunity to use services outside the framework or outside the borough. The framework will go live in July 2018. Information of what services are available, and the providers who are on the framework will be on the Local Offer website and the Harrow Council portal My Community E-Purse (Mycep).