West Sussex Inspire Service

The Inspire Service was aimed at supporting and encouraging children and young people with a range of physical and learning disabilities to take part in sports groups and other community activities.

West Sussex Inspire Service

The Inspire Service was aimed at supporting and encouraging children and young people with a range of physical and learning disabilities to take part in sports groups and other community activities.

About this project

We worked in partnership with West Sussex County Council to deliver our locally based Inspire Service. The Inspire Service is all about social inclusion and we provided support for both young people and their families. By providing a support worker for 12 weeks, disabled children had the chance to have a short break of their choice, which ranged from attending local clubs, activity centres or sports like football or swimming.

Our Service promoted independence and ability, increased confidence and gave disabled children and young people time away from their families who also benefit from a short break themselves. We allowed children and young people to have fun and build upon their confidence and self-esteem to help them live independent, full and dignified lives. We always tailor our service to meet the young person and family’s needs.

Families overwhelmingly told us how valuable the service was, as it not only provided short breaks but also supported families in the home, too. Most children and family support workers stayed behind for a few minutes after each session, catching up with the parents about the session and supporting parents and carers in how to implement new routines and boundaries at home to manage challenging behaviour. It was not unusual for the service to have a big knock-on effect in the child’s life and to those around them.

The short break aspect of the service allowed children to integrate into their local communities and gave their parents, carers and other family members a break from caring responsibilities. Many disabled children that we worked with can now attend mainstream groups without the support of a worker or family member.

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percent of parents/carers felt that their family was happier

92%

of young people had learnt a new skill

75 %

of young people felt they had increased choice about their activities

Commissioning Manager, West Sussex Council

Parent and carers report significant improvement in the confidence and self-esteem of their children as a result of the support from Core Assets

Parent

Daniel has gained confidence in making friendships and talking to people appropriately. His mood is still an issue, but overall we have come along leaps and bounds thanks to Astra. Brilliant service, greatly appreciated.

Parent

I am really impressed with the impact on Sarah that Amanda has had. She is much more confident and she is no longer staying in with me all the time

Commissioning Manager, West Sussex Council

Through providing 1 to 1 work, children and young people have been supported to become independent and access mainstream community groups.

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