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Short Breaks Services Update: 04

Short Breaks Service Development

Bedford Borough Council provides a range of Short Break Services that are designed to assist individuals who provide care for children and young people with disabilities to support them to be able to continue to do so, or to do so more effectively, by giving them breaks from caring.

Short Breaks Services can include day-time or overnight care in the homes of children and young people with disabilities or elsewhere, educational or leisure activities outside their homes, or services available to assist carers in the evenings, at weekends and during the school holidays.

 

Short Breaks User Engagement Report

Bedford Borough Council commissioned a Short Breaks User Engagement Report which obtained the views of children and young people with disabilities, their parents and carers, other family members including siblings, and professionals with regard to the provision of Short Breaks Services in Bedford Borough.  We are commissioning a number of pilot schemes in response to the findings from this report.

The pilot schemes will operate in addition to our existing range of Short Breaks Services and should present creative and imaginative approaches to supporting children and young people with disabilities and their families, make good use of existing resources and demonstrate sustainable service delivery.

 

Short Breaks Pilot Schemes

Inclusion Support Service for Children and Young People with Disabilities and their Families

We are inviting Service Providers to present quotations up to the value of £35,000 for the provision of an Inclusion Support Service to operate as a pilot scheme for the period from 01/05/2012 to 01/05/2013.

The Inclusion Support Service should be designed to support families of children aged 0-8 with disabilities to enable them to be able to access community and mainstream services as family groups with support from trained staff, and to provide support to children and young people aged 8-17 with disabilities to enable them to be able to access community and mainstream services of their choice with support from trained carers.

 

Social Activity Club for Children and Young People with Severe or Moderate Learning Disabilities

We are inviting Service Providers to present quotations up to the value of £25,000 for the provision of a Social Activity Club to operate as a pilot scheme for the period from 01/05/2012 to 01/05/2013.

The Social Activity Club should be designed to support children and young people aged 8 – 17 with a prime diagnosis of severe or moderate learning disabilities, who may have additional diagnoses of physical disabilities, sensory impairments, mental health conditions or long term medical conditions.

The Social Activity Club should present opportunities to experience new activities, support friendships, develop life skills, and grow in independence and experience access to leisure and recreational activities as part of a local community.

 

Application Process

Service Providers wanting to provide a quotation for these services should do so by requesting an application pack from operational.procurement@bedford.gov.uk quoting the pilot schemes title.  The deadline for submission of applications is 17:00 on Wednesday 4th April 2012, any submissions received after this point will not be considered.

Quotations will be short-listed, with suitable candidates invited to attend a panel on Wednesday 11th April 2012 to deliver a presentation highlighting how they intend to provide the service, and to participate in a question and answer discussion with a panel made up with children and young people with disabilities.  The successful candidate will be informed following these processes.

For general enquiries regarding the pilot schemes or the application process please email: ben.palmer@bedford.gov.uk.

 

Downloads

Our Short Breaks Services news and updates document is available to download here:

Short Breaks Services Update: 04 (Pdf)

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