Summer Activity Funding for children and young people with disabilities during summer 2020

We are aware that children and young people have not been able to access or participate in short break activities as they usually would during the COVID-19 lockdown period. Due to the limitations that have prevented access to activities recently, Achieving for Children (AfC) are offering children and young people with disabilities who live in Kingston and Richmond Summer Activity Funding. This is to support the cost of summer activities to help children and young people gain the physical activity and social interaction they have been missing.

AfC already offers the Activity Fund which provides £140 towards activities for eligible children and young people to take part in each financial year (which is currently being offered flexibly to provide activities within the home and local community).

The Summer Activity Funding is being offered in addition to the already available Activity Fund. Parents and carers may apply for up to £200 of Summer Activity Funding, this can be used during the months of July and August. The Summer Activity Funding can be used towards leisure activities for children and young people. As some leisure activities remain unavailable for the foreseeable future, the funding may also be agreed towards the child or young person’s portion of a family break, day trip or activity taken within July or August 2020.

Terms and conditions:

  • Applications must be for an activity that can take place safely at an activity/ club/ leisure setting, or a family break or day trip/ activity.
  • Funding towards family breaks and day trips/ activities will be offered for the eligible child or young person’s portion of the total costs.
  • Applications must be for an activity, break or day trip/ activity that the child or young person enjoys.
  • Applications can be made for up to £200 which is the maximum amount of Summer Activity Funding that can be applied for per child or young person.
  • One application will be accepted per child or young person. Funding can be used towards one activity or split the funding between several different activities.
  • If the full amount of Summer Activity Funding is not applied for per child, the funding will not be available at a later date, no subsequent applications will be accepted.
  • Applications can be made for activities, family breaks or day trips/ activities which take place during July or August 2020.
  • Existing bookings for activities, family breaks or day trips/ activities may be reimbursed for eligible children and young people with proof of purchase and booking dates provided.
  • Summer Activity Funding will be agreed subject to availability. The offer may end before Friday the 31st of July 2020.
  • All providers that AfC provide funding for must be able to demonstrate excellent safeguarding practices to ensure children and young people and young people are kept safe. These will include: ensuring all staff are DBS checked and have safeguarding training, a good understanding and adherence to the ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children’ guidance, following Local Safeguarding Children Board standards.
  • The organisation providing a short break activity which the child/young person is accessing using the Activity Fund is responsible for their own health and safety risk assessments.
  • The organisation providing a short break which the child/young person is accessing with the Activity Fund needs to ensure that they will discharge their obligations towards equality in accordance with equality legislation.
  • If funding is agreed towards a family break or day trip, AfC can arrange for the agreed amount to be paid to the parent or carer before it is booked, if already booked, AfC require proof of payment once the family break or day trip has been paid for. The evidence of payment must be received by 31st August 2020.
  • The funding cannot be used for therapies or other health interventions, school trips, expenses such as transport, meals, the cost of other family member’s tickets etc., an activity or family break or day trip that has already taken place outside of July or August 2020, specialist services run by Achieving for Children or commissioned Aiming High short break services.
  • AfC will request an invoice from the activity provider. AfC will pay activity providers within 30 days of receiving an invoice. If payment is required when booking, the Panel will look at these cases on an individual basis and may agree to the parent or carer making the payment to the provider when booking the activity and arrange to reimburse the parent or carer. All reimbursements to parents and carers are subject to the 30 day AfC payment terms.

Apply for Summer Activity Funding (opens an online form)

All applications for Summer Activity Funding must be received before Friday the 31st of July 2020

Applications must be made by parents, carers or the child or young person the application is for. An information and advice organisation (such as KIDS or RUILS) can complete the form on behalf of a family.

If you have any questions please contact:

Jodi Williams
Inclusion Development Officer
Integrated Service for Children with Disabilities Mobile phone: 07562 435 342
Email: jodi.williams@achievingforchildren.org.uk

We hope that you find the Summer Activity Funding useful over the summer. For children and young people who are still shielding and are unable to take part in activities as suggested above over the summer, virtual support via video calls may be an option. Please contact us to let us know if this would be of interest. We are also happy to hear of any other ways in which the Short Breaks Team could support children and young people who are still shielding. We will continue to monitor and review our funding offers to ensure that we do our best to provide support going forward.

Geraldine Burgess
Short Breaks Operations Manager Achieving for Children