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Further information

Aiming High is a programme from the Oldham Children's Trust (a partnership of organisations committed to improving the lives of children, young people and families in Oldham).

The programme is about making sure disadvantaged children can access short breaks that are fit for purpose and age appropriate.

The service focuses on the following groups of children and young people:

  • Autistic Spectrum Disorder
  • Complex health needs
  • Aged 11+ with moving and handling needs
  • Challenging behaviour is associated with other impairments
  • Young people aged 14+ who are severely disabled and require services that are appropriate to their age

About short breaks

Short breaks give disabled children and young people enjoyable experiences independently of their families.

The breaks contribute to children and young people’s personal and social development and give them opportunities to make new friends.

They can last for a few hours, an evening, overnight, weekend or more, and can take place in or outside the child’s home.

National full service offer objectives

  • Service provision is based on the identified needs of all eligible disabled children/young people and their families
  • Significant increase in the volume and range of short breaks provision
  • Significant improvement in access to short breaks provision
  • Improved quality in short breaks experiences for disabled children and young people