Crossroads’ holiday scheme extended for younger kids

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Parents of children aged from five upwards will now be able to benefit from holiday respite care for their offspring.

Previously the Easter and summer school holiday schemes were available only to children with special needs who were over the age of eight.

But now the Crossroads charity, which has run a holiday scheme in the island for more than 10 years, has extended its provision to include younger children, despite a big reduction in its funding, and can offer the extra places to carers who need summer respite.

Crossroads chief executive Jackie Betteridge thanksed the Department of Education and Children for its support. She said the fund, worth £12,000 annually, had recently been exhausted but despite this they were delighted to extend its provision.

Activities offered on the scheme this year include trips with Sailing for the Disabled, activities at the Venture Centre, trips to the beach and Wildlife Park and rides on the steam train. The scheme allows parents to have some time to themselves over the summer. Disabled children who are based in a special needs unit in a school are elgible to attend the scheme during Easter and summer.

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