Current projects - Shortbreaks - Barnardo’s Clubs - update

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Barnardo’s Clubs - update

Here in Barnardo’s we are really pleased to have been awarded the contract by Wiltshire Council to continue to deliver the short breaks and positive activity clubs for the next 3 years.


We wanted to let you know some of the changes that will be happening after April 2019.

If you have any questions about any of this please do phone us in the Barnardo’s short breaks office on 01249 463907 ext 4. Please leave a message if we are not there and we will get back to you.


Phoenix Youth Clubs

Our Youth clubs will continue to run in Chippenham, Devizes, Trowbridge and Marlborough. The clubs will now run for 2 hours per evening and will be every week term time only. Clubs will be primarily for young people aged 13-18 although young people over 18 who are already attending will be able to stay until they are 25. We will support young people when they reach 18 to find alternative clubs and we are always happy for them to stay on as volunteers if they are interested in doing so.

Some of our clubs are already full so we will operate a waiting list. We welcome all young people but if they need 1:1 care we would ask for them to bring a carer with them.

Further information will be sent out to the parents / carers of the young people who currently attend.


Kingfisher clubs

The Kingfisher clubs are social clubs for young people aged 8-18 on the Autistic Spectrum. The Kingfisher clubs operate in Chippenham, Devizes and Trowbridge.

From April these clubs will increase to fortnightly, term time only. Because of the wide age range of young people attending these clubs, Barnardo's have reduced the upper age limit to 18. However Barnardo's will regularly review this depending on demand, the needs of individual young people and the composition of individual clubs.

A similar club, the Cygnet club, operates on Barnardo's behalf at Elizabeth House in Salisbury. For more information please contact Freda at Elizabeth House on 01722 323783.

Information will be shared with all current users and parents/ carers.


Short Breaks Activity Clubs

This year Barnardo’s staff will be running activity clubs in Chippenham, Devizes, Trowbridge and Bradford.

Clubs will continue to run one Saturday per month from 10 am – 4pm. There will also be clubs in the Easter and Summer holidays.

This year we will be asking you to book on line and we will be releasing dates every 3 months in order to ensure fair access to the spaces which will be limited. Spaces will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Every eligible family will receive an email from us during the week commencing 11th March together with instructions about how to book on. If you have any difficulties with this do please contact us or the WPCC.

In Salisbury the staff from Elizabeth House will be in touch with you to arrange bookings as before.


Additional activities

Watch this space for other fun activities which will be available during the year such as a Rock music workshop in May and a summer performance event. Details will be published through the WPCC.


And finally …..

We are setting up a fundraising group to support our clubs. If any of you are interested in joining us to “have fun fundraising” please let us know!!!


Barnardo’s Short Breaks Team