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Changes to Challengers schemes for 2018

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Each year Challengers puts together a plan and a budget so the charity can deliver as many play and leisure schemes as possible for disabled children and young people, with the funds available. This can sometimes be a difficult process with tough choices being made.

2017 was a very challenging year with some significant changes to the contribution that we received from Surrey County Council that lead to the closure of some long standing schemes, and the loss of these schemes was difficult for children, families and staff. This was all despite a significant increase in our voluntary fundraising.

For the 2018 plan you will see some more changes as we strive to achieve as much as possible. We have made some decisions that mean we have reductions in some areas and some increases in other areas. This has been driven by our plans to increase service where we have the longest waiting lists and also by the funding we will have available.

What’s changing in 2018?

  • Epsom Young Adults will no longer run in the Easter and Summer Holidays but will continue to run every Saturday and will move to Bookham Youth Centre.
  • Caterham Youth and Reading Youth will no longer run half terms but will continue to run every Saturday, Easter and Summer Holidays.

What’s new?

  • Chichester Youth will be opening holiday schemes and running Easter Holidays and Summer Holidays.
  • Esher Play will be a fully operational scheme running Saturdays, Easter and Summer Holidays.
  • Molesey Youth will be a fully operational scheme running Saturdays and Easter and Summer Holidays.
  • Guildford and Farnham Play will be running a Playscheme every Sunday.
  • We have increased the number of sessions available for 1:1 spaces across many Play, Youth and Young Adult Schemes as we know these are in high demand with long waiting lists.
  • We will be opening a Play and a Youth scheme for 15 days over the Summer Holidays in Kingston and looking to secure funding for 2019 to ensure sustainability.
  • From the Easter Holidays (April 2018) we will be increasing the charge we make to families to £22 for a full day and £11 for half a day.

We know it is difficult to hear of change and we do not underestimate the impact of that change. We hope that with the existing Challengers schemes and the addition of new schemes and increased capacity you can see that we are doing our best to provide as much as possible where the need is significant, and giving children and young people as much choice as possible.

If you would like to talk through any of the changes please do not hesitate to get in touch with Jonathan Dobson (Head of Operations) on JonathanDobson@disability-challengers.org or me by emailing or calling me on the details below.

Laura Sercombe – CEO | LauraSercombe@disability-challengers.org | 01483 230 068