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General Information

General Information

  • Accessible Toilets

.             Information on Horsham District Council website

  • English National Bus Pass

    The English National Bus Pass allows a disabled person of fare paying age (over 5 years old) to travel free of charge on the majority of buses in England. Also companions of disabled people who, without such companions, would be unable to use public transport. (Ask for details of the Companion Pass).

  • Amaze Compass Card

    compassThe Compass Card is an initiative from the charity Amaze and West Sussex County Council that is helping to make leisure more welcoming and more affordable for 0-25s with additional needs living or going to school in West Sussex. Modelled on the Compass Card in Brighton and Hove (recognised nationally as a model of best practice), Compass Card West Sussex provides discounts and special offers at dozens of facilities.

    More information can also be found on the website here: Compass Card

Reaching Higher Programmes - Introduction

Background Information

wheelchair basketballThe Reaching Higher Project provides sports and arts courses for children and young people with additional needs and their siblings.

Horsham District Council gained funding to expand the current inclusive sports and arts courses for disabled children and those with additional needs and are currently running thirteen weekly term time courses for children and young people aged 5-18 as part of the Reaching Higher Project. Siblings and friends are also able to participate in these sessions.

All sessions are led by qualified and experienced sports coaches or arts practitioners, and supported by experienced support workers and volunteers with training in first aid, medication administration, disability awareness and personal care.

FREE TASTER SESSIONS ARE AVAILABLE AT ANY TIME DURING TERM TIME!

If you wish to book a taster session please contact Kimberley Roberts, Sports Development Assistant on 01403 215631 or email kimberly.roberts@horsham.gov.uk

Please note that from 1/4/11 a surcharge of 1.5% will be levied on all credit card payments made by customers for Horsham District Council online bookings.

If you are a new participant to the Reaching Higher Project we ask that you supply us with additional information about your child's needs. This will allow us to best support them and put in place the necessary support team to attend to each individual child.

All information we receive will be stored securely and only accessed by those on a need to know basis.

Reach Out West Sussex

The REACH OUT website is for disabled young people, their families and the community of West Sussex. It contains a comprehensive information directory covering a broad range of topics, a calendar of local events, resources, publications and links to information and advice on education, money matters, transition, short breaks, respite, equipment, support groups and much more. We hope you will share your stories, be inspired and want to take part in this site's evolution.

Local Offer Framework and Guidance For Horsham District Council's Reaching Higher Project

West Sussex Local Offer website

Horsham District Council has received funding from West Sussex County Council to provide a range of term time sports and arts courses for disabled children and young people. As a service that has been commissioned by the local authority to support children and young people with special educational needs, we are required to provide a local offer framework and below is a series of questions and answers regarding our service.

1. What does your service do?

The Reaching Higher Project offers weekly term time fully supported inclusive sports and arts activities for children and young people aged 5-25. We also run multi sports days, sensory based days for children with more profound needs and sensory theatre workshops during the holidays.

Disabled children and young people are given the opportunity and choice to take part in 13 different inclusive sports and arts activities with their siblings and friends. We provide clear supported exit routes allowing progression to other similar activities or supported transition to mainstream groups.

Term time activities include dance, trampolining, table tennis, athletics, cricket, percussion, dj'ing, archery, badminton, video production (Film Making), wheelchair basketball, rebound therapy and tennis.

We support all children and young people and aim to meet all their needs to allow parents and carers a true short break. The activities run all year round with 10 week courses provided each term. As mentioned above we support children and young people's transitions and provide exit routes.

2. Where is it located and what areas does it cover?

We run activities in the Horsham District and also at Manor Green School in Crawley.

The activities in the Horsham District run in the evenings and at weekends but in Crawley we offer an immediate after school club to allow children the opportunity to take part negating the need for additional transport.

3. Who does your service provide for?

All children and young people with disabilities and their siblings aged 5-26 are able to access our activities.

We do not discriminate and offer activities to everybody; however we will signpost people to activities that would be most suitable to meet their individual needs

4. How can I start using the service?

We offer a free taster ticket for all our activities in our promotional leaflet to allow people to make an informed choice and to check they enjoy it before they book. All activities can be booked either online or via the return of a completed booking form.

People are able to book activities direct and we also take referrals via schools, physiotherapists, care agencies etc.

We charge £40.00 per 10 week course or £30.00 for people with a leisure access card (a card for Horsham District residents on a low income).

People can use their personal budget to pay for activities.

We do have waiting lists for some of our most popular activities but we try to recruit and train more support staff to enable more places to be available.

5. How are decisions made about who can use your service?

Our service is offered to all. The project co coordinator makes time to talk with schools, parents, carers and the staff delivering the activities to make sure we can best support each individual.

We talk to and support all families and have never turned a child or young person away. We will explain and discuss all decisions that are made.

6. How do you communicate with service users and how are they involved in decision making/planning?

We have ongoing dialogue with parents, carer and schools so we can gain all information needed to support the diverse needs of all children and young people. We continually evaluate all our activities and get feedback from children and young people, parents, carers and the coaches and support workers involved in the sessions.

We offer training in sign language to coaches and support staff. We also use peck symbols to help communicate with the children and young people.

Information on the Reaching Higher Project

We also have access to special schools E-news in our locality and further afield where they will post information and booking forms for us on a regular basis.

We also have leaflets that are available from libraries, Horsham District Council reception, leisure centres and school receptions.

Parent carers whose first language is not English can contact the equalities officer at Horsham District Council on 01403 215574 or email equalities@horsham.gov.uk

To enable parents and carers to know how well their child or young person is doing we give constant feedback at the end of each session and have presentation and award ceremonies on an annual basis.

Parents are welcome to attend additional training events that Horsham District Council run for their coaches, arts practitioners and support staff.

7. Is your service fully accessible?

The activities we run take place at a variety of venues including schools, leisure centre and sports clubs and we risk access all the venues to ensure they are accessible.

If venues need adaptions to the auditory and or visual environment then we look at funding options to enable these improvements to be made.

All our activities run at venues that have disabled toilets but not all have hoists and disabled changing however we will try to provide these at venues that don't if there is a need for a child or young person who wishes to access a particular activity.

Where we deliver activities at special needs schools we have access to changing rooms similar to changing places facilities but not all the venues we use have these. We have applied for funding to put in a changing place facility at Collyers Sixth Form College where a number of our activities take place.

We make sure we have as much information about each child and young person as possible by getting all participants to fill in a robust registration form in advance of their first session. We also liaise closely with schools, parents and carers to ensure all information is updated regularly.

8. What training are the staff supporting children and young people with SEND had or are having?

All staff and volunteers undertake disability awareness training and safeguarding before they work on the Reaching Higher Project. Lead sports coaches and arts practitioners have specific qualifications relevant to the activity they are delivering. Staff and volunteers are also given the opportunity to attend training in first aid, makaton, manual handling, personal car, Administering of emergency meds and any other training which is deemed relevant. We always make sure that if a child or young person has a particular need we have staff who are appropriately trained and available to support them.

At our sensory based focus days during the holidays we offer specialist staff to help with children who present very complex needs.

We work closely with local schools, local leisure centres, Horsham Cricket Club, Billingshurst Cricket Club and Billingshurst Tennis Club. Core Children Services, Places for People, Impulse Leisure and Collyers Sixth Form College all access our disability awareness training.

9. Who can I contact for further information?

Kim Roberts on 07715 320631 or kimberly.roberts@horsham.gov.uk

Paul Taylor on 07764 146339 or paul.taylor@horsham.gov.uk

If you would like to discuss something about you child or young person you can contact either Kim or Paul from the contacts above.

In addition to Kim and Paul, coaches, support staff and volunteers all have a role to play in supporting a child or young person.

If you are worried or considering whether you child or young person would benefit from the service please contact either Kim Roberts or Paul Taylor.

https://westsussex.local-offer.org/

Reaching Higher Programmes - Arts

AUTUMN TERM 2018 PROGRAMME

Background information about the Reaching Higher programme

Reaching Higher Registration Form. This form must be completed by new participants in advance of attending any of the activities on the Reaching Higher Project. Once completed the form should be returned prior to attending the first session using one of the following options:

Email: kimberly.roberts@horsham.gov.uk

Post: Kim Roberts, Horsham District Sports Development, Parkside, Chart Way, Horsham, RH12 1RL

Alternatively: Return to the lead coach at the beginning of the first session you attend

Programme Descriptions

Dance

Coach: Coach Vicky Heales plus trained and experienced support workers

For: Children and young people with disabilities and siblings/friends aged 5 -18 (age guide), with opportunities of performance. No experience necessary. All abilities welcome.

What: Exciting inclusive dance sessions

Venue: QE11 School Arts and Drama Studio, Comptons Lane, Horsham, RH13 5NW
Disability parking onsite and wheelchair accessible venue

Dates: Monday 17th September – Monday 26th November (excluding Monday 22nd October)

Times: 5.00pm - 6.00pm

Cost: £45.00 for the 10 week course (or LAC/Compass Card* rate of £35) if paid in advance. If joining part way through, £5.00 / £4.00 LAC/Compass Card* per session. If payment for the whole term is problematic please speak to Kim Roberts in confidence.

* Leisure Access Card - a free card for Horsham district residents on a low income.

Compass Card – a leisure card for West Sussex residents aged 0 – 25 with SEND

Info: Kim Roberts on 07747 565315 or kimberly.roberts@horsham.gov.uk

BOOKING - PLEASE USE THIS DOWNLOAD

Note to Customers - We’re experiencing problems with our normal online booking system and consequently have decided to temporarily move to this ‘manual’ approach until we’re confident to reinstate it. Apologies for this situation and thank you for your patience.

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DJ'ing

Coach: Adam Gellibrand, an experienced community musician plus trained and experienced support workers

For: Young people with disabilities and siblings/friends. 12+ age guide.
No experience necessary. All abilities welcome.

What: Exciting DJ workshops. Using our up to date DJ equipment you can learn new skills such as mic technique, using the crossfader and transport controls, mixing tracks and put together a DJ set to play at the Blue Oasis Club Night in Horsham.

Venue: QM Studios, behind the Drill Hall, Denne Road, Horsham
Please note: The venue is wheelchair accessible

Dates: Friday 21st September – Friday 30th November 2018 (excluding Friday 26th October)

Times: 6.00pm – 8.00pm including a short snack break

Cost: £40.00 for the 10 week course (or LAC/Compass Card)* rate of £30.00) if paid in advance. If joining part way through, £5.00 / £4.00LAC/Compass Card* per session. If payment for the whole term is problematic please speak to Kim Roberts in confidence.

* Leisure Access Card - a free card for Horsham district residents on a low income.

Compass Card – a leisure card for West Sussex residents aged 0 – 25 with SEND

Info: Kim Roberts on 07747 565315 or kimberly.roberts@horsham.gov.uk

BOOKING - PLEASE USE THIS DOWNLOAD

Note to Customers - We’re experiencing problems with our normal online booking system and consequently have decided to temporarily move to this ‘manual’ approach until we’re confident to reinstate it. Apologies for this situation and thank you for your patience.

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Music and Karaoke Club

Coach: Adam Gellibrand (experienced community musician) plus trained and experienced support workers

For: Children and Young people with disabilities and siblings/friends..
No experience necessary. All abilities welcome.

What: Come and join us for our Music and Karaoke Club - New for 2018! It's a great chance to try out lessons on Guitar, Drums and Vocals in a professional recording studio. We also have a new Karaoke stage with lights for you to come try out and make a recording of your favourite song. All sessions are fun, relaxed, fully supported and offer professional tuition by experienced staff.

Venue: QM Studios, behind the Drill Hall, Denne Road, Horsham
Please note: The venue is wheelchair accessible

Dates: Friday 21st September – Friday 30th November 2018 (excluding Friday 26th October)

Times: 4.15pm – 6.00pm including a short snack break

Cost: £45.00 for the 10 week course (or LAC/Compass Card* rate of £35.00) if paid in advance
If joining part way through, £5.00 / £4.00 LAC/Compass Card* per session
If payment for the whole term is problematic please speak to Kim Roberts in confidence
* Leisure Access Card - a free card for Horsham district residents on a low income

Compass Card – a leisure card for West Sussex residents aged 0 – 25 with SEND

Info: Kim Roberts on 07747 565315 or kimberly.roberts@horsham.gov.uk

BOOKING - PLEASE USE THIS DOWNLOAD

Note to Customers - We’re experiencing problems with our normal online booking system and consequently have decided to temporarily move to this ‘manual’ approach until we’re confident to reinstate it. Apologies for this situation and thank you for your patience.

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Video Production

Lead Practitioner: Jason Sparks plus trained and experienced support workers

For: Children with disabilities and siblings/friends aged 14-19 (age guide). No experience necessary. All abilities welcome. Please note that adult family members and carers are welcome to stay, there will be comfortable seating in the reception area, or children and young people can be left in our care to allow a short break.

What: Exciting inclusive Video Production workshop (includes some access to a camera outside of the workshop environment).

Venue: QM Studios, behind the Drill Hall, Denne Road, Horsham
Please note: venue is wheelchair accessible

Dates: Saturday 22nd September – Saturday 1st December 2018 (excluding Saturday 27th October 2018)

Times: 2.00pm - 5.00pm

Cost: £50.00 for the 10 week course (or LAC/ Compass Card* rate of £40.00) if paid in advance
If joining part way through, £6.00 / £5.00 LAC/ Compass Card* per session
If payment for the whole term is problematic please speak to Kim Roberts in confidence
* Leisure Access Card - a free card for Horsham district residents on a low income

Compass Card – a leisure card for West Sussex residents aged 0 – 25 with SEND

Info: Kim Roberts on 07747 565315 or kimberly.roberts@horsham.gov.uk

BOOKING - PLEASE USE THIS DOWNLOAD

Note to Customers - We’re experiencing problems with our normal online booking system and consequently have decided to temporarily move to this ‘manual’ approach until we’re confident to reinstate it. Apologies for this situation and thank you for your patience.

Reaching Higher Programmes - Sports

AUTUMN TERM 2018 PROGRAMME

Reaching Higher Registration Form.This form must be completed by new participants in advance of attending any of the activities on the Reaching Higher Project. Once completed the form should be returned prior to attending the first session using one of the following options:

Email: kimberly.roberts@horsham.gov.uk

Post: Kim Roberts, Horsham District Sports Development, Parkside, Chart Way, Horsham, RH12 1RL

Alternatively: Return to the lead coach at the beginning of the first session attended

Programme Descriptions

Archery

Coach: Matt Beattie - qualified and experienced archery coach plus trained and experienced support workers

What: An inclusive archery session which will develop technique, be fun, offer competition and game play

Venue: Forest Recreation Centre, Forest School, Comptons Lane, Horsham, RH12 5NW

Dates: Friday 21st September – Friday 30th November 2018 (excluding half term on Friday 26th October)

Times: 5.00pm – 6.30pm

Cost: £40 for the 10 week course (or LAC*/Compass Card rate of £30) if paid in advance. If joining part way through, £5 / £4 LAC/Compass Card* per session. If payment for the whole term is problematic please speak to Kim Roberts in confidence

* Leisure Access Card - a free card for Horsham district residents on a low income

Compass Card – a leisure card for residents of West Sussex aged 0 – 25 with SEND

Info: Kim Roberts on 07747 565315 or kimberly.roberts@horsham.gov.uk

BOOKING - PLEASE USE THIS DOWNLOAD Note to Customers - We’re experiencing problems with our normal online booking system and consequently have decided to temporarily move to this ‘manual’ approach until we’re confident to reinstate it. Apologies for this situation and thank you for your patience.

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Rebound Therapy Children's Sessions

Coach: Sharon Coomes, Carol Wing, Albert Aldridge and Charlotte Walder plus trained and experienced support workers

Venue: QE11 School, Comptons Lane, Horsham, West Sussex, RH13 5NW
Disability parking onsite and wheelchair accessible venue

Dates: Thursday 20th September  – Thursday 29th November 2018  (excluding Thursday 25th October 2018)

Times: Session 1: 4.15 – 5.15pm  Session 2: 5.15 – 6.00pm

Cost: £45 for the 10 week course (or LAC*/Compass Card rate of £35) if paid in advance. If joining part way through, £5.50 / £4.50 LAC/Compass Card* per session. If payment for the whole term is problematic please speak to Kim Roberts in confidence

* Leisure Access Card - a free card for Horsham district residents on a low income

Compass Card – a leisure card for residents of West Sussex aged 0 – 25 with SEND

Info: Kim Roberts on 07747 565315 or kimberly.roberts@horsham.gov.uk

BOOKING - PLEASE USE THIS DOWNLOAD Note to Customers - We’re experiencing problems with our normal online booking system and consequently have decided to temporarily move to this ‘manual’ approach until we’re confident to reinstate it. Apologies for this situation and thank you for your patience.

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Rebound Therapy and Multi Sport Adult Session

Coach: Sharon Coomes plus trained and experienced support workers

Venue: QE11 School, Comptons Lane, Horsham, West Sussex, RH13 5NW
Disability parking onsite and the venue is wheelchair accessible

Dates: Thursday 20th September  – Thursday 29th November 2018  (excluding Thursday 25th October 2018)

Times: 6.00pm – 7.30pm

Cost: £45 for the 10 week course (or LAC*/Compass Card rate of £35) if paid in advance. If joining part way through, £5.50 / £4.50 LAC/Compass Card* per session. If payment for the whole term is problematic please speak to Kim Roberts in confidence

* Leisure Access Card - a free card for Horsham district residents on a low income

Compass Card – a leisure card for residents of West Sussex aged 0 – 25 with SEND

Info: Kim Roberts on 07747 565315 or kimberly.roberts@horsham.gov.uk

BOOKING - PLEASE USE THIS DOWNLOAD Note to Customers - We’re experiencing problems with our normal online booking system and consequently have decided to temporarily move to this ‘manual’ approach until we’re confident to reinstate it. Apologies for this situation and thank you for your patience.

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Disability Provision in Local Sports Clubs

disability footballForest Flyers FC

See 'Club Focus: Forest Flyers FC'

Horsham Table Tennis Club

Age 8+. Greenway School, Greenway, Horsham, RH12 2JS. Integrated table tennis club. Ian Ford, Sports Development Officer Tel: 01403 215634. Website

Ready and Able Club

Age 14+ years. Mondays but not Bank holidays 6.15-8pm.

Bluecoat Sports Centre, Christ's Hospital, Horsham, West Sussex, RH13 7YE. Sports Club for people with any disability, and their family and friends. Aims to provide fun through activity & opportunity to meet people. Activities include: five a side football, swimming, trampolining, basketball, table tennis, exercise machines, badminton, short tennis, boccia and new age kurling. Lift to cafe.

Paul Taylor, Community Recreation Officer Tel: 01403 215637. HDC, Kim Roberts, Club Co-ordinator Mobile: 07715 320631.

Holmbush Events

Holmbush Events is an expanding outdoor pursuits centre set in woodland in the heart of Sussex. Its event days are tailor made for clients' individual needs and are ideal for many different types of event or occasion such as corporate events, school parties, stag or hen gatherings, sports clubs, birthday parties and special needs. It welcomes anyone of any ability from the age of 10 and upwards.

Holmbush events offers bespoke paintball, airsoft, archery, rifle shooting, axe throwing, 4x4 driving, mud karting, G karting and low ropes. It has been established as an outdoor pursuits multi activity centre for over 26 years starting out as Paintballing Company, one of the very first in the UK. It is a family run business and pride itself on offering its clients a bespoke professional outdoor activity centre experience. Set in a private estate of over 2500 acres of beautiful Sussex woodland, Holmbush Events has excellent transport access, being only two minutes away from the M23.

It caters for people from all over West and East Sussex, providing a great family experience and atmosphere. We cater for ages 10 and up for our standard events.

Set up since the beginning of the year (2013), Holmbush Events has also adapted their existing types of sporting events and activities to enable the inclusion of children and young adults with various levels of disabilities and learning difficulties. With the help of 'West Sussex County Council Short Breaks' new activities and facilities have been introduced.

Paintball

Think of mixing hide and seek with the game of capture the flag with chess and then you will have paintball! Paintball is an exhilarating game that will set your heart beat racing. It includes the following aspects:

  • Half or full day of paintballing
  • Full instructions and safety briefing
  • All of your equipment: mask, gun, gas system, hopper and camouflage overalls
  • Free refreshments all day
  • Centrally located basecamp in easy walking distance of each game zone
  • Protected and covered basecamp with seating for over 300 players
  • Choice of 12 different award winning game fields
  • Certificate to take home
  • Pictures of your group available on request or via our Facebook page
  • Private car park at Holmbush Paintball

Tomahawk Throwing

Traditionally a Scandinavian event sport, Axe throwing is now a popular sport in the UK. Holmbush Events has a new purpose built area especially designed for axe throwing. Highly therapeutic axe throwing is easy to pick up with most people being able to hit target within their first five to ten attempts.

Archery

One of the fastest growing sports in the UK, there are over 34,000 archery club members in the whole of the UK. Holmbush Events welcome ages from 10+ of any ability and any level of experience as Holmbush Events has fully qualified instructors to guide you through the event.

4x4 Driving

One of Holbush Events' bespoke team building activities involving a blindfolded driver taking verbal instructions from team mates while driving over a rugged purpose built off road driving course. This activity requires drivers to pay extra attention, listen carefully to commands, and check their coordination skills.

Rifle Shooting

These sessions provide a perfect stag event, corporate competition or school event with all ages and ability welcome. Participants don't need to have any experience, this event is friendly, informal and all that is required is to turn up! The event will be based on the Olympic Shooting tradition, along with a variety of different targets and games such as 'Tin Can Alley' so will involve some healthy competition.

Low Ropes Courses

Designed to challenge groups, to be used as an icebreaker or simply to offer a unique and fun experience, the course is a series of cables, ropes and obstacles strung between trees, approx. 12 to 18 inches above ground. The low rope course combines elements of stamina, agility, balance, flexibility and can help to overcome a fear of falling or losing control.

They can also be used to identify areas for development in teams; important areas such as inefficient teamwork, communication, trust and leadership. Activities are often not based on a defined task but on a sequence of events. Participants are placed in positions where they are encouraged to try new things that may place them outside of their normal comfort zone.

All of this is introduced in a variety of fun challenge games, including moving water from one end of the course to the other, using pint glasses and hard hats!

Airsoft

Enjoy a day of airsofting at Holmbush Events. Experience exciting gameplay and scenarios all day at the largest airsoft site in Sussex. It is basically a game of paintball but without the mess of paint!

Holmbush Events offers one of the most tactically challenging and engaging combat woodland arenas to stage airsoft events at. The experience varies at Holmbush Events from "Attack and Defend" games to objective based games. The organisers try not to play the same area twice in one day or if they do they are just passing through. Airsoft at Holmbush is an experience...

Short Breaks

Holmbush Events also host event days and special games for local disabled groups such as Grasshoppers and Kangaroos via the West Sussex Short Breaks organisation. The site is still being converted in some areas, but will ultimately fully cater for wheelchair users (much of this access having already been implemented), taking guidance from the Short Breaks inclusion experts. Each activity can now be experienced by almost anyone with the help of carers and expert instruction.

For disabled children and young people, Holmbush Events provide fun, leisure and social activities outside the school day. They enable children and young people to try new experiences, both with and away from their siblings and parents, and give them opportunities to increase their confidence and learn new skills. These events can provide parents and carers with a break from their caring role, giving them a chance to rest, catch up on day-to-day activities and spend time with other family members.

Participants or organisers of disability groups are encourage to enquire direct about our inclusive services or contact the West Sussex Short Breaks team.

Contact

0800 2792525

neil@holmbushpaintball.co.uk

www.holmbushpaintball.co.uk

www.holmbushevents.co.uk

Riding for the Disabled (RDA)

Riding for the Disabled

Sunbeam Swimming Club for the Disabled

Friday 8-9pm. People of all ages with any disability, their families and volunteer helpers. Mr Robin Ayres Tel: 01403 253200 or Nick Cutler

Tel: 01403 372436. Pavilions in the Park, Hurst Road, Horsham, West Sussex, RH12 2DW.

Angling4Education

For children and young people with disabilities - website

Sussex Sailability

For children and young people with disabilities (based at Shoreham) - website

Horsham District Junior Disability Swimming Programme

Horsham District Sports Development has been working with a group of local swim schools to create a new disability swimming scheme that will launch in September 2017. The partnership between Horsham District Council, Places for People and Christ’s Hospital Enterprises will make more disability swimming sessions available to cater for local demand. The aim is to provide a range of disability swimming sessions across the district to enable those wishing to experience the benefits of water who may have found it difficult in the past to do so.

There will be two different elements to the scheme:

  • FUNdamentals – Alpha Scheme
  • ASA Stages 1 – 4

Whilst it's understood that one scheme will not fit all, efforts have been made to ensure disabled swimmers have the opportunity to either taste the competitive environment or be more involved in the social aspects of swimming. It will take time to develop these programmes but please keep watching this space.

How it will work:

  1. FUNdamentals – Alpha lessonsAn instructor led 25 minute lesson delivered in a group format. Parent/Carer/Guardians to accompany the children in the water to enjoy the benefits of water through play and learn how to be safe in the water. The aims and objectives of these lessons will be to enable the students to become independent and safe on their own in the water. The instructors will be offering support and guidance where necessary.
  2. ASA Stages 1 – 4 – Small groups or 1 to 1’s depending on the needs of the individual

These will follow the same scheme as the mainstream swimming lessons working through the different stages covering all aspects of the learning outcomes.

See below Disability Swimming Timetable that provides details of the lessons that will be running from September. To enable us to ensure your child is matched to the most appropriate swimming lesson complete and return the attached Swimming Medical Registration Form.

 Disability Swimming Timetable  
Billingshurst Leisure Centre
AlphaSaturday 12.00 - 12.30
Stage 1-4Thursday 3.30 - 4.00
 
Bluecoats (Christ's Hospital)
AlphaSaturday 11.00 - 11.30
Stage 1-4Saturday 11.30 - 12.00
 
Steyning Leisure Centre
AlphaSaturday8.00 - 9.00
Stage 1-3/AlphaTuesday 18.15 - 18.45
 
Pavilions
AlphaTuesday5.30 - 6.00
Stages 1-3Friday4.30 - 5.00

In advance of these disability swimming sessions there are two FREE fun inclusive splash sessions that will enable people to come along and see the facilities (swimming pool and changing rooms) and equipment (hoists and chairs) and also meet the swimming instructors.

Billingshurst Leisure Centre will be hosting their fun inclusive splash session on Monday 28th August from 10.30am – 11.30am and the fun inclusive splash session at Steyning Leisure Centre takes place on Sunday 3rdSeptember from 10am – 12noon. There is no need to book for either of these – just turn up.

If you have any questions about the disability swimming scheme call Paul Taylor 01403 215637 or email paul.taylor@horsham.gov.uk

Horsham Wheels For All Inclusive Cycling

Why not come along and join in the fun at our inclusive cycling sessions. Open to all ages and abilities offering a wide range of adapted trikes and cycles with trained and experienced leaders on hand to offer help and support and get you riding. Horsham Wheels for ALL is in its third year and is now on a winter break. The first session of 2019 will take place on Friday 26th April from 4.30pm - 6pm on the athletics track at The Bridge Leisure Centre. The weekly term time sessions will continue during the summer term until Friday 19th July 2019 with a break during half term on Friday 31st May 2019 and also on Friday 14th June  2019 when the track is not available.

There will be a break over the summer holidays and sessions will restart again on Friday 6th September 2019 and run until Friday 25th October 2019 before stopping for the winter.

Cost - £5 per session (Leisure Access Card and Compass Card holders £4) on a pay as you go basis.

If you have got any questions about Horsham Wheels for ALL please contact Paul Taylor on 01403 215637, 07764 146339 or paul.taylor@horsham.gov.uk

Cycling Projects Enable Magazine download

Disability Youth and Social Groups

outreach 3 wayChanctonbury Community Playscheme

Four week summer playscheme for children with special needs, age 5-19, 2 weeks at Rydon School, Storrington and 2 weeks at Oakgrove College in Worthing. Aims to provide new and stimulating experiences for children, which range from swimming, horseriding, going on outings, canoeing etc whilst offering respite for parents.

A donation of £50 per week is requested per child. Transport is provided at £15 per week per child. Rebecca Batchelor Tel: 01306 627485. Website: http://www.ccps-sussex.org.uk/ Little Fields, Tickfold Farm, Kingsfold, West Sussex, RH123SE.


Gateway Club - Horsham

Web information. Social Club for adults with learning difficulties. Thursday 7-9pm. Drumming performances at the Blue Oasis Disco, funded by Mencap local Arts Award. Youth Wing, Forest School, Comptons Lane, Horsham. Richard Flitney, Club Leader. Tel: 01273 492465.


Outreach3way

Outreach 3 Way is a Sussex charity with a strong local reputation that provides support for people with learning disabilities and autism in East and West Sussex.

With a strong presence in the community and with local businesses, the people Outreach 3 Way supports enjoy opportunities to connect with people in their local area and to learn new skills.

There is a strong emphasis on sport, arts and self-expression, as well as residential and support options.

It provides research-based, outcomes-focused services for people with learning disabilities and autism. Alongside supported living and residential care, we also offer vital specialist services including sector leading Positive Behaviour Support.

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Special Task Force

Special Task Force. A club for those aged 18+ which welcomes those with and without disabilities for excursions and workshops. It usually meets on the first and third Saturdays in the month. Escursions to the theatre, cinema and places of interest; and its members often have a meal together too. Indoor sessions at various venues in art and crafts, drumming, photography, cookery, rapping, circus skills and much more!

Phone: 01903 765340 or 01798 812265


Springboard Project

A registered charity providing inclusive play and a recreation centre for children and their families, focusing on children with special needs and disabilities at Springboard House.

Springboard House, 52 Hurst Road, Horsham, West Sussex, RH12 2EP. Project Manager. Tel: 01403 218888.

Email: info@springboardproject.com / Website: springboardproject.com

  • Buddy Scheme (Age 11-18 years)

    Buddy Scheme for young people with disabilities and with or without additional support needs to enable them to take part in community activities like bowling and drama and widen their circle of friends. Covers Horsham, Crawley, Billingshurst, East Grinstead and Hassocks.

    Horsham and Crawley Leisure Development Co-ordinator. Tel: 01403 257699.  Email: crawleyandhorshamldc@springbroadproject.com

  • Bunnyhoppers

    Parent support group of children with special needs age 0-5.

    Sundays once a month, 2-5pm. Early Years Co-ordinator, Tel: 01403 257699

  • Grasshoppers

    Age 5-13yrs Saturday 10-2.30pm. Activities Manager. Tel: 01403 257699. Email: activities@springboardproject.com

  • Outburst Holiday Activity Scheme

    Age 13-18. Horsham and Crawley Leisure Development Co-ordinator. Tel: 01403 257699 Email: activities@springboardproject.com