08 July 2011

Disabled children and their families are being invited to an event aimed at showcasing the improvements made to services for disabled children over the past 12 months.

As part of the implementation of the Aiming High for Disabled Children in Northamptonshire strategy, a £150,000 ‘Yurt Village’ (large outdoor marquee style facilities) is being launched in the grounds of Grendon Hall on Friday 8th July. The Yurt Village will be available to disabled children and young people, their families and disability groups free of charge for four months of every year. The Yurts can be used for events and activities in all weather conditions, as well as residential trips.

The official opening of the event is being conducted by Cllr Andrew Grant, Northamptonshire County Council cabinet member for children and skills. At the launch event there will be a market place event and a range of local organisations will be present to talk about what health or social care support they are able to offer disabled children and their families. This ranges from short breaks to peer support, to help with sleep and support for siblings of disabled children.

Cllr Andrew Grant said: “I am delighted to be able to open the Yurt Village which will provide an excellent resource for disabled children, their families and local support groups, free of charge. This event will also provide a great opportunity for us to showcase the range of services that are available to help people as part of our ongoing Aiming High for Disabled Children information campaign.

“If you are a parent of a disabled child or young person, a disabled young person or a professional working with disabled children, then please do come along to the event.”

Prior to the opening of the Yurt Village a group of young disabled people, ‘Shooting Stars’ will give a presentation on their own involvement in improving the services they receive.

Aiming High for Disabled Children Northamptonshire is a partnership between NHS Northamptonshire and Northamptonshire County Council that has been transforming services for families with disabled children in the county since 2008, by providing services that are easier to access and including disabled children and young people in mainstream services wherever suitable.

The development of the Yurt Village has been funded by the AHDC programme to provide residential options and opportunities for young people and their families to have fun outdoors.