KIDS

Kids is a national charity supporting disabled children, young people and their families. Established in 1970, we work with with thousands of families across the country each year, providing a wide range of services. Our vision is a world in which all disabled children and young people realise their aspirations and their right to an inclusive community which supports them and their families.

KIDS is unique; there is no other organisation dedicated to providing such an extensive range of services to disabled children and young people, aged 0-25 years, irrespective of their impairment or condition.

For more information on KIDS nationally please click here

 

KIDS in Dudley

 

 

 

FAMILY SUPPORT

We currently have 2 family support sessions. At each session there are different activities for the children to participate in, along with various other forms of play to engage in. All sessions are run by experienced, trained staff.
Apple Tuesdays 16:30pm until 18:30pm This session is an after school club and is suitable for children aged between 9 and 13 years.
Cherry Fridays 16:15pm until 18.00pm . This session is an after school club and is suitable for children aged between 5 and 9 years.
We ask for a payment of £4 for each session to support activities.

YOUTH CLUB

The Youth Club venues are Monday in Halesowen and Wednesday in Stourbridge. Sessions are from 6.30pm until 9pm. The clubs are aimed at young people aged between 13 to 25 years. There is an organised timetable of activities that change from week to week. These include sports, arts and crafts, pool and darts tournaments, cooking sessions and much more. These sessions are run in partnership with Dudley youth service.
The cost of the session is £1 per child each week.

TRANSITIONS

Our transitions group runs every Monday from 6pm to 8pm. This is aimed at Young People aged 13 25 years old. Varied activities take place each week, all have been chosen by the young people that attend the group. These activities may change term to term depending on the requirements of the young people. Some of the activities that have been chosen to date are : Bowling, Swimming, cooking, Karate lessons, travel training and a film nights. Activities are held either at the Orchard Centre or within the local area.
The cost of each session is £5 this covers the cost of all activities.

SWITCH

This is a group aimed at Special Needs Youths, from teens to 25 years old.
Is your young adult struggling to access certain groups and activities because of their complex, severe, medical, and behavioural or personal care needs?
If so, we may be able to help.
We are offering a sociable youth club, which will include crafts, activities, music etc.
WHERE – Kids Orchard Centre, Lye, DY9 8HA
WHEN – Fortnightly on a Wednesday. (Dates attached)
TIME – 6.30pm – 8.30p
Please note that parents/carers are responsible for their young person and must stay with them at all times.

Coming soon to the Orchard Centre: Blossom Group 18+ promoting independence to include travel training, sports and fitness, cooking skills and creative activities.
Contact the team on 01384 897489 for more information

 

DIRECT PAYMENT SERVICES

The current cost of the Direct Payments service starts from £20 per hour. We offer fully trained and reliable staff, who can also offer additional support as required.
The service provides:

• One to one support to widen leisure, social opportunities and to access other services.
• Support with life skills and independent travel
• Home based support such as short breaks, personal care, respite or sitting services.
• 1:1 Support at group and inclusive activities

We also have use of the Kids orchard centre facilities depending on its availability from where we can offer cooking or games sessions or just a space to chill out.

 

 

Independent Support

Independent Supporters are trained to help families and young people through the new Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) assessment process. Our approach is to provide support which is flexible to meet your family’s individual needs which includes offering advice on the telephone, face to face meetings, home visits, and joining you in attending meetings in schools or with other professionals.

 Your Independent Supporter will: 

  • Listen to you and your child or young person
  • Meet with you to explain the process, find out what’s working well and what you might like to work better
  • Help you to start thinking about your aspirations for your child and what’s important for the future
  • Provide support during meetings
  • Help to make sure you and your child’s views are heard and understood by all involved
  • Work with professionals to help gather any information relevant for the assessment
  • Help to explain professional reports and recommendations
  • Help with any paperwork, including the draft Education, Health and Care Plan
  • Help parents and/or young people to understand the local referral processes for services and the local offer
  • Support young people and their parents at their annual reviews.

 

If you need more information or wish to make a referral please complete the contact form  below or contact us on 01384 423868

 

 

 

Mediation Service

 

KIDS SEND Mediation Service is an independent mediation and disagreement resolution service, which is free of charge for parents/carers and young people. Our service helps to settle disagreements between parents or young people and local authorities and schools or other education providers. These disputes are often about the special educational needs and disability (SEND) of children and young people, and how best to meet their needs.

Contact:
Phone: 03330 062 835
Email: senmediation@kids.org.uk