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    May 2015 Newsletter For Children & Young People with Additional Needs (0-25yrs)

    FIZ offers a Free Impartial Information & Signposting Service for Children and Young People (up to 25 years) with Learning Difficulties or Disabilities and their Families.

    Provide families with information on activities, events, news and issues that are relevant to their needs.

    Issue regular newsletters.

    Support parents to find appropriate childcare or day care services.

    Support parents to access alternative funding to meet family needs.

    Benefit Health Check this informs families of potential benefits that they may be entitled to.

    Contact: Telephone 01983 821999, Or drop in at 11 Orchard Street, Newport PO30 1JZ (by the bus station & Lord Louis library) 9.30am to 4.00pm Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays). No appointment necessary. Pages 1 to 12 Short Break Activities (A-Z) Pages 12 to 18 Groups & Activities for Children, Young People & Adults with Additional Needs (Not Short Breaks) Pages 18 to 19 SEND & Local Offer, FIZ contact details

    Short Break Activities The Short Breaks service on the Isle of Wight provides a range of fun and exciting activities and opportunities for children and young people with disabilities and/or additional needs. These activities range from after-school, evening, weekend and during the school holiday for children and young people (0-19th birthday). These activities provide a short break for the family or carer whilst their child or young person is participating in a safe and fun activity which meets their needs. In order to participate in any of the short breaks activities you must meet the eligibility criteria. Your child or young person is eligible to access the Short Breaks programme if they;

    Have a disability and/or additional needs and may require support to participate in leisure and recreational activities.

    Are aged between 0-18 years (up to the 19th birthday). Live on the Isle of Wight and/or attend a school on the Isle of Wight.

    If you have any questions or are unsure what support your child may be entitled to, then contact the Family Information Zone (FIZ).

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    How to Register for Short Breaks You will need to register for a gateway card to use any activities funded by our short break programme. You will also need to show activity providers your childs gateway card when booking/attending. Each gateway card contains a unique reference number which will be specific to each child or young person. Gateway card benefits

    Gives your child or young person access to a range of short breaks activities

    Enables your child or young person and family to book our Short Breaks facilities (caravan, beach hut and lodge)

    The gateway card identifies to activity providers that your child or young person has a disability and/or additional needs and may require support to participate within the activity

    The information you provide helps us plan short breaks so that there is a fair distribution across the Isle of Wight

    Parents/carers and siblings do not require a gateway card to support their child or young person in accessing the Short Breaks programme. For more information and to apply for a gateway card go to or contact: Family Information Zone (FIZ) 11 Orchard Street, Newport Isle of Wight PO30 1JZ. Tel: 01983 821999. Listed below are the current Short Break Activities Active Breaks with Active Living Ages 11 18 Active Breaks offers children and young adults with a disability the chance to participate in a range of fun and exciting activities designed to provide a platform to grow and explore a broad range of interests. Our qualified, experienced staff support and promote team work, social and emotional development through activities such as art and craft, cooking, sports, gardening, iPad and photography fun, drama, games and off site trips. Transport to the Riverside Centre is available from St Georges School at the end of the day. One to one support is not available for this session however we welcome anyone who requires this to come along with their Carer. Dates: Monday from the 13th April until the 2nd November (excluding bank holidays) from 3.30pm 6.00pm Cost: 2.50 Address: The Riverside Centre, Newport PO30 2QR To Book please contact: Georgia Newell 01983 822209 ext 210 or email: Adventure Activities Isle of Wight - Adventurers Club Ages 12 - 18 Adventure Activities are offering an adventure club that will engage and encourage participants to challenge themselves in a dynamic and exciting environment. Adventure Activities Isle of Wight is the Islands largest private provider of both land and water based activities. The team are by far the most experienced and qualified Instructors on the Island, and they have an endless passion for adventure activities. They have four different activity sites across the Island; at the Isle of Wight Zoo, Sandown Beach, Freshwater Bay and Tapnell. The range of activities is constantly developing and growing e.g. Kayaking, Coasteering, Paddle Boarding (water based) and Mountain Boarding, Archery, Zorbing & Wall Climbing. Activities will depend on weather and availability. The team look forward to welcoming everyone to take part in an adventure with them. Dates: Every Saturday morning from 6th April 24th October Cost: 25 per session. Contact: Aston Rose-Kirby 01983 755838 email:

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    Bodster Equine Assisted Learning CIC Ages 5 - 18 We offer fun, interesting and educational. We offer respite and also make a difference to the lives of people with complex needs through the use of Equine Assisted Learning. This is an innovative, experiential approach which takes place in an outdoor environment. The children involved in each session will help to plan out each session according to what they would like to learn about the ponies/horse. There is no riding involved. Learners in our sessions will interact with our small herd of ponies using various exercises on the ground. We aim to offer sessions to children with complex needs, with poor literacy and numeracy skills, including those on the Autistic Spectrum, with ADHD and those with mobility difficulties who have experienced difficulty accessing open, inclusive activities. Our courses can be delivered to meet individual needs and each learner is encouraged to work at their own pace. Our activity aims through fun exercises to also develop skills such as:- the ability to initiate activities and problem solve exercises without worrying about doing something 'wrong', confidence and self-esteem, awareness of effects of behaviour and the development of skills required for successful social interaction such as communication and teamwork kills. If coming for the morning session on a Saturday feel free to bring a drink and snack for tea break. If coming for a Saturday afternoon or all day session please bring a pack lunch. Dates: Courses run every Saturday from 4th April to 26th September (Please note dates may be subject to change, please contact us to confirm). Pony fun days available during school holidays Costs: Half-day sessions (10am to 12.30pm or 12.30 to 3pm): 7.50 per learner.

    Whole day session (10am to 3pm): 15 per learner. Half-hour one-to-one sessions are available for 7.50 per learner. Contact: Jo & Giles Boddington 07790 305108 (Jo) 07887 876138 (Giles) Website: Cricket Coaching Ages 11 18 Disability Cricket coaching for boys and girls with a learning or physical disability at Medina Leisure Centre . From Saturday 25th April for 10 weeks. Cost 2 Contact: Stuart Chatfield on 01983 530551 Email: Doodles (Care Connect IoW CIC) Ages 4 11 Doodles offers play for children with disabilities. Activities include arts and sensory play with different themes each month. Every session is designed around the individual interests of each child. Sessions will run on Saturdays from 10am to 3pm with additional sessions in the school holidays. Dates for May: 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th. Additional date Wednesday 27th May Cost per session: 10 Address: Riverside Centre, The Quay, Newport PO30 2QR Contact: Jenny Barker 07875 949 584 or email:


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    Goodleaf Tree Climbing Ages 8 + Special Branch is an innovative and pioneering collection of woodland adventures for young people with a disability. Created by Challenge and Adventure and Goodleaf, we work together to provide activities including tree climbing, orienteering, campfire cooking, woodcraft, shelter building and overnight stays in the forest. Activities on offer will depend on weather, ability and need. In addition Goodleaf are able to offer a limited number of 1:1 tree climbing sessions at Appley Park , Ryde. This is a 2 hour experience by arrangement perfect for birthdays or special treats! The cost for this will be 29. Dates: Three woodland days on 9th May, 7th June, 3rd October (10am 4pm) Cost: 20

    One tree climb in the park on 21st August (3pm 6pm) Cost: 10 One overnighter in the woods on Saturday 11th July 5pm to Sunday 12th July 12pm Cost: 35

    Contact: Abigail on or call 0333 800 1188. Inspirational Arts Ages 0 18


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