Children and young people who meet the following eligibility criteria can apply for short breaks under the Aiming High scheme:
- child or young person who has a diagnosed disability
- The child or young person is aged between 0 -18 years of age
- The child or young person lives in the Royal Borough of Kingston or the London Borough of Richmond
Aiming High Funding currently provides four different ways of taking part in short breaks.
Commissioned Short Breaks
These are short breaks that Achieving for Children (AfC) have arranged directly with providers. Because they have been commissioned by AfC using Aiming High funding, these activities may be free of charge or you may be required to pay a small charge to contribute towards your child or young person attending.
This is funding that families can apply for if their child or young person wants to do an activity of their own choice. This might be an out of school activity such as an after school, weekend or holiday club or a leisure activity such as swimming lessons, dance, football etc. Activities can be either a *mainstream or *specialist activity. The funding can also be used towards annual memberships e.g. Merlin Pass (for the child with disabilities – carers pass is free).
*mainstream - an activity that all children could attend.
*specialist - an activity that only children with disabilities can attend.
Additional Support Funding
Aiming High Additional Support funding pays for a designated staff member to work with a child or young person who requires additional support whilst taking part in a mainstream activity. The activity provider can apply for the additional support funding, to enable an increase in their staff ratio.