Date Published: 06 June 2019
A recent consultation has indicated that Rutland County Council’s Aiming High service is successfully helping to increase independence among children and young people while also reducing stress for families.
The Aiming High team supports children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) – improving access to short breaks, providing support networks, improving access to childcare and working with parents to develop local services.
As part of its latest annual consultation, Aiming High surveyed 240 families to check if the service is providing the right support and ask what its priorities should be over the next 12 months.
Of those who responded:
- 80% of families said that Aiming High had helped to increase children’s independence
- 70% said the service had helped to improve children’s social and communication skills
- 80% said they had been given opportunities to try new activities
- 70% said it had helped to reduce stress levels within the family
“It’s important for us to understand where we’re doing well and where we need to improve, so that our services are fit for purpose. We’re delighted that families feel well-supported by Aiming High and will carry on working hard to make sure this good service is maintained and improved.”
Councillor David Wilby, Cabinet Member for SEND and Inclusion
Last year’s Aiming High survey found that families wanted closer engagement and more communication with the service. In response, Aiming High, working with local charity Rutland Rotaract Family Support Centre, has made a number of improvements, including:
- Providing more information about Rutland’s Local Offer, making sure that details of all local activities and support for children and young people can be found online at ris.rutland.gov.uk
- Improving the information available on the Aiming High Facebook page
- Introducing a Family Centre newsletter for parents
In the past year, Rutland County Council and Aiming High have also responded to requests from parents, children and young people for more independent living activities.
“We’ve listened closely to feedback and are currently designing a facility at Jules House in Oakham, which will provide a dedicated space to help prepare our young people to develop the independent living skills they need as they prepare for adulthood."
Councillor David WiIlby
For more information about Aiming High services for children, young people and families, please visit our Aiming High page.
You can also contact The Aiming High Team directly on: 01572 758390 or by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org.