Hat-trick of celebrations

TRIPLE celebrations are under way for Northumberland’s Aiming High team.

It has been shortlisted as a finalist for the Local Government Chronicle Awards, its grant funding will continue and its new short break duty, known as the Full Service Offer, will come into force in April.

In 2008, Aiming High Disabled Children (AHDC) was established to put together an ambitious three-year programme to transform short breaks for disabled children, young people and their families.

Partnerships with public and private organisations have resulted in Northumberland making the finals of the awards.

Head of Family Support and Disabilities Steve Day has announced that funding is in place to continue developing and supporting the short breaks.

“I am extremely optimistic and excited by the challenges that lie ahead,” he said.

“I know that with the continued support and dedication of staff, parents, carers, children and young people, partners and other organisations we can continue to grow services for our disabled children which, as we know, make a huge difference to their quality of life.”

Team members have also worked hard to ensure that Northumberland has met the requirements of the Government’s Full Service Offer.

This means there is sufficient provision that meets the needs of disabled children and their families, including those with complex health needs.