Short Breaks for 18 to 25 year olds

Closed 22 Feb 2019

Opened 21 Jan 2019

Feedback Updated 9 Apr 2019

We Asked

In February 2019 West Sussex County Council SEND Commissioning Team asked you what Short Breaks opportunities you would like to have for young adults in West Sussex. We asked you about this, to help us develop our Short Breaks offer for 18 to 25 year olds.

The team would like to thank the staff, volunteers and young adults at PACSO Job Club, Ashdown Extra (Guildcare), Crawley College, M8s youth group Bognor, Young Voices 4 You and everyone who completed the online survey for your views and comments.

You Said

The top three activities you said you liked were

  • Going out; from meals out, to local attractions, and further away like trips to theme parks. This included the chance to go out in the evenings.
  • Socialising and making friends
  • Cooking

The top three skills you said you wanted to build were

  • Making friends, and talking to/meeting new people
  • Doing more for yourself/life skills
  • Team work/being part of a team with other people your own age

You told us that you would like to follow your own interests like art, cooking, go-karting and outdoor adventure activities.

Some of your ideas would make really good Compass Card offers. We are working with Amaze, who run the Compass Card scheme to develop their offers for young adults. You can find out more about the Compass Card scheme here  https://www.compasscard.org.uk/

You said that everyone is different. Travel training might be great for one person but may not work so well for someone else. You said we need to think about different ways that different people can learn to do more for themselves , for example helping out with preparing a meal.

You said that you would like us to develop more opportunities for young adults in this age group to take part in Short Breaks, as you do not feel there is enough available for over 18s.

We Did

Michael, Short Breaks Commissioning Manager, has written a short list of ideas for Short Breaks, using the comments and views you gave us.

  • Pub or Dinner Club (this could happen once a week)

Activities could include: eating, drinking, buying your own food and drinks, chatting with friends, play pub games (maybe snooker/pool and darts).

  • Residential (this could happen maybe once or twice in the year)

A residential break would happen somewhere in West Sussex and would include one or two nights away. You would be with people of a similar age to you and you would have a timetable of events for your break.

Activities could include: eating, drinking, chatting with friends, cooking meals, washing up, shopping on a budget, making your bed, travelling on public transport, going out to do something in the community i.e. cinema, bowling.

  • Lifeskills (this could happen once a week)

A course run in West Sussex where you would get to learn some new skills that will help you in your adult life.

Activities could include: cooking, being able to travel on your own on public transport, looking after your money, making friends, staying healthy, coping with stress, having a boyfriend or girlfriend, sex education.

We will work on these ideas with the Young Voices 4 You group, who are our young people’s reference group in West Sussex, to develop one or two of them into new Short Breaks opportunities for young adults.

Information on the progress of these new Short Breaks will be published on the Participation and Short Breaks Wiki webpages , so please check these for any further updates. https://wiki.rixwiki.org/west-sussex-mmm/home/commissioning-team/

https://wiki.rixwiki.org/west-sussex-mmm/home/youth-participation-1

If you, or someone you know aged 14 to 25, would like to join Young Voices 4 You as a youth ambassador, taking part in projects including developing Short Breaks, please contact rachel.sadler@westsussex.gov.uk 07734000401

Results Updated 9 Apr 2019

Short Breaks 18 to 25 year olds

In February 2019 West Sussex County Council SEND Commissioning Team asked you what Short Breaks opportunities you would like to have for young adults in West Sussex.

The team would like to thank the staff, volunteers and young adults at PACSO Job Club, Ashdown Extra (Guildcare), Crawley College, M8s youth group Bognor, Young Voices 4 You and everyone who completed the online survey for your views and comments.

Rachel, our SEND Participation Lead and Michael, our Short Breaks Commissioning Manager looked at all your comments and ideas. We then looked at the most popular choices; and also at any new ideas that young people would like to try out.  

The top three activities you said you liked were

  • Going out; from meals out, to local attractions, and further away like trips to theme parks. This included the chance to go out in the evenings.
  • Socialising and making friends
  • Cooking

The top three skills you said you wanted to build were

  • Making friends, and talking to/meeting new people
  • Doing more for yourself/life skills
  • Team work/being part of a team with other people your own age

You told us that you would like to follow your own interests like art, cooking, go-karting and outdoor adventure activities.

Some of your ideas would make really good Compass Card offers. We are working with Amaze, who run the Compass Card scheme to develop their offers for young adults. You can find out more about the Compass Card scheme here  https://www.compasscard.org.uk/

You said that everyone is different. Travel training might be great for one person but may not work so well for someone else. You said we need to think about different ways that different people can learn to do more for themselves , for example helping out with preparing a meal.

Michael has written a short list of ideas for Short Breaks, using the comments and views you gave us.

  • Pub or Dinner Club (this could happen once a week)

Activities could include: eating, drinking, buying your own food and drinks, chatting with friends, play pub games (maybe snooker/pool and darts).

  • Residential (this could happen maybe once or twice in the year)

A residential break would happen somewhere in West Sussex and would include one or two nights away. You would be with people of a similar age to you and you would have a timetable of events for your break.

Activities could include: eating, drinking, chatting with friends, cooking meals, washing up, shopping on a budget, making your bed, travelling on public transport, going out to do something in the community i.e. cinema, bowling.

  • Lifeskills (this could happen once a week)

A course run in West Sussex where you would get to learn some new skills that will help you in your adult life.

Activities could include: cooking, being able to travel on your own on public transport, looking after your money, making friends, staying healthy, coping with stress, having a boyfriend or girlfriend, sex education.

We will work on these ideas with the Young Voices 4 You group, who are our young people’s reference group in West Sussex, to develop one or two of them into new Short Breaks opportunities for young adults.

Information on the progress of these new Short Breaks will be published on the Participation and Short Breaks Wiki webpages , so please check these for any further updates. https://wiki.rixwiki.org/west-sussex-mmm/home/commissioning-team/

https://wiki.rixwiki.org/west-sussex-mmm/home/youth-participation-1

If you, or someone you know aged 14 to 25, would like to join Young Voices 4 You as a youth ambassador, taking part in projects including developing Short Breaks, please contact rachel.sadler@westsussex.gov.uk 07734000401

Overview

Introduction

Help us plan Short Breaks for 18 to 25 Year olds and get the chance to win a £20 Love to Shop Voucher!

( To enter the  £20 Voucher prize drawer you will need to give your email  address, terms and conditions below)

This survey is for young people aged 16 to 25 with a Special Educational Need or Disability (SEND) . This includes young adults with lots of different additional needs, and people who are on the Autistic Spectrum . It might be more appropriate for a parent, carer or supporter who knows you well to fill the answers in with you, or for you. This is fine. We would like to hear from 16 to 18 year olds as well as young adults over 18, because you will soon be 18 and your views are important for our planning.

The SEND Commissioning Team want to offer more Short Break activities for young people aged 18 to 25 across West Sussex but we want to make sure that they are things that you want to do.

Please help us by completing the questions below. There is a box where you can tell us any ideas that will help us plan the activities.

We are also doing some face to face workshops with young people at their settings ( short breaks, colleges and youth clubs ), and two drop in workshops ( please see details below).

 If you would like to take part but feel this survey isn't the best way for you to communicate with us, please get in touch and we'll help you find the best way for you to take part. You could send us photos, pictures or artwork if you like.  Here are some examples of using pictures to give us your views.

 

 

Why We Are Consulting

The SEND Commissioning Team in West Sussex County Council have listened to what young people and families tell us, and we understand that you and your families would like more choice of Short Breaks for young adults ( 18 to 25 year olds). We think you as young people are the best people to ask about what you would like and what you want to get out of Short Breaks. Your ideas and comments  will help us to plan and offer the activities young people want, when you want them.

 

What Happens Next

We will look carefully at all your ideas and come up with a short list of the most popular  and best ideas . This will be shared on our Wiki pages and on the Have Your Say Hub. We will talk to West Sussex Short Breaks Providers about using these ideas and help them to make it happen. Everyone's opinion and ideas are important to us. However, we do have to think carefully about how to use the money we have to buy Short Breaks activities ( our budget) in the best way,  and get the most from the money we spend on Short Breaks.  This means some of your ideas might not be used . We will explain why we have chosen the ideas we do use and how the ideas will be used.  

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