We offer a range of service to young people with disabilities or disadvantage, including:
ELHAP runs holiday playschemes and term time Saturday Clubs throughout the year for disabled and disadvantaged young people from across East London and Essex areas.We run Saturday Clubs every fortnight throughout term time and run holiday playschemes in every school holiday. All our playschemes provide much needed adventure play opportunities. ELHAP believes every young person needs to have fun, to make mess, to have time and space to be themselves.
The ELHAP Transition Project is for disabled young people, who are moving on from children’s services. The ELHAP Transition Project is a springboard, giving young people the opportunities and experiences to decide what they want to do with their lives. At the end of the Project, young people will be able to make informed decisions about their future including jobs, study, interests, hobbies and friendships. This project is most suitable for those who need support with their transition from childhood to adulthood. Currently, the focus is on young people who do not receive other funding and who would most benefit from exploring work and college opportunities.
Siblings of disabled children can attend holiday playschemes and Saturday Clubs throughout the year at no cost. ELHAP currently charitably funds this project because we are committed to supporting the whole family - too often siblings are overlooked by providers. We have been supporting siblings now for over 10 years.Siblings can attend if they meet the following criteria:
ELHAP is open to visiting special and mainstream schools for morning and afternoon adventure play sessions throughout term time.Groups can visit in the morning or afternoon from Tuesday through to Thursday of each week. Morning sessions start at 10.00am and end at 12.00pm. Afternoon sessions start at 1.00pm and end at 3.00pm. Groups also have the option of visiting ELHAP for a whole day.Groups have the option to become members of ELHAP for a reduced fee for group visits.
Families that do not receive any funding can attend ELHAP through our ‘Stay and Play Scheme. This enables a young person to attend ELHAP with their parent. This scheme costs £5 per day and families can attend holiday playscheme days and Saturday Clubs. Parents are required to stay with their young person and supervise them at all times at ELHAP. Please note that we do not allow carers to attend with young people. Before using this scheme, families will first need to register with ELHAP and pre-book their days.
ELHAP Bridge is a project for young people with Learning Disabilities and Looked After Children who have been excluded from education or are at risk of losing their school place. We offer short term or medium-term placements, often as a transition phase during the search for a permanent school place. ELHAP Bridge is not a long-term alternative to school, its main aim being to encourage and facilitate access back into education.
We have successfully supported a number of young people excluded from both mainstream and special education on this project. This is a small project with very limited places as the young people are located on our Adventure Playground and Orchard Project. Each person on the ELHAP Bridge has an individual, tailored programme of activities designed to develop skills, boost confidence and enhance self-esteem.
Due to major building refurbishment, the ELHAP Bridge Project is closed between September and December 2019 (Open to referrals from January 2020).
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