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Cash boost for disabled kids


12:01am 22nd July 2011

The Glen provides short breaks for severely disabled children and has undergone a small yet significant renovation with thanks to a government development grant of £150,000.

Over 300 young people have used the centre’s facilities in the last year, and with the completion of the extension it’s hopes to offer an enhanced social space for more young people and children to use. The extension is a single storey double room, which enables the young people to choose between several areas of play and social space. This will improve the short break experience for young people by enabling them to choose a greater range of activities

The short breaks service has also just received an additional £50,000 in funding, after Full Council approved a motion on 30 June.

Cllr James Alexander said:

“The decision to increase the funding by a further £50,000 will ensure that the initiatives in the community are able to continue to expand with a larger group of community short breaks workers. There has been a significant increase in the number of families who arrange short breaks and funding will ensure trained staff are there to support children and families.”


The government grant has enabled a full service of short breaks for children to progress by enabling:

  • greater scope to attend local clubs and activities with dedicated support
  • awareness raising about the issues for severely disabled children and young people with community groups and settings
  • expansion of the availability of sharing care foster placements in families
  • refurbishment of the Glen Short Breaks Centre  to offer an enhanced social space for the young people

 If you would like more information about The Glen please contact Howard via email:  howard.lovelady@york.gov.uk




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