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Help is on Hand to Aim Even Higher

Monday 8th November 2010

 

 

Bedford Borough Council’s ‘Aiming High’ for disabled children programme has maximised its potential with work carried out by two new Youth Workers. The duo’s mission has been to improve the opportunities on offer to young disabled people within the borough, giving this group the same universal opportunities as other mainstream children.

 

The dedicated Integrated Youth Support (IYS), Special Education Needs (SEN) Youth Workers, Stephanie Large, and Amanda Phelps, joined ‘Aiming High’ in April this year. Their contract runs up until March 2011, although it is hoped more funding will prevail in order to carry out projects going forward.

 

The ‘Aiming High’ programme has been awarded substantial new government funding and support of late. ‘Out & About’ is one of the projects featured by Aiming High, which recently secured funding to ensure that in each local area children and parents are involved in strategic decision making about the provision of services that their disabled children need.

 

Stephanie and Amanda are quite unique, as two of the few ‘Aiming High’ Youth Workers throughout the country. They have worked with three special schools and children in state schools to access mainstream activities for 13-19 year-olds. Over the summer they ran a ‘Future Transitions Project’ which supported young people with SEN’s leaving school and planning to go on to college.

 

Cllr David Sawyer, portfolio holder for Children’s Services, at Bedford Borough Council, said: “The borough is very privileged to have two Aiming High Youth Workers. Both Stephanie and Amanda work tirelessly to organise lunchtime clubs at special schools in order to outline ways in which young people can try out different activities to maximise positive ways to spend their leisure time. Both Youth Workers are making an impressive difference to individuals’ lives. Their support and guidance is priceless, as they help young disabled people grow in confidence and take on activities that they may not have felt they could do previously.”

 

If you are interested in gaining further information on this ‘Aiming High’ project, contact Joanna Erickson, IYS SEN Team Manager, at Bedford Borough Council, on 01234 223453.

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