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UK Government Award Plymouth City Council Short Breaks Innovation Funding

January 25, 20240
Johnny Mercer MP pictured during the visit. The Rt Hon Johnny Mercer MP visited year five pupils at Whitleigh Community Primary School to discuss their concerns around children being able to access a dentist. February 10, 2023. Picture: Matt Gilley/PlymouthLive.


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UK Government Award Plymouth City Council Short Breaks Innovation Funding 


The Department for Education has awarded Plymouth City Council Year 3 funding for the Short Breaks Innovation Fund. According to the GOV.UK website, the £30m fund “gives disabled children a chance to take part in unforgettable activities and develop vital skills, while giving their families a break from their caring responsibilities”. From April 2024, the programme will begin delivery of Year 3, comprising of Plymouth City Council and 17 other Local Authorities across England. 


Johnny Mercer, MP for Plymouth Moor View, stated: 

“It’s no secret that the Council’s current SEND provision is in a terrible state. I have been working hard with the new Director of Children’s Service and other local stakeholders to correct this. I am hopeful that this Short Breaks Innovation Funding can make a real difference. 


“It will unlock access to positive activities and experiences which would otherwise be inaccessible to a young person because of their disability. These activities can help these young people make real strides in their personal development, whether it’s by providing opportunities to develop friendships or acquiring specific skills to support independence in adult life. 


“I hope that Plymouth City Council grasp this opportunity with both hands and improve our offer for young people with disabilities.” 


The offer in Plymouth includes weekend and holiday clubs; enabling support for community activities (e.g. Brownies, Cubs, sport, leisure and youth clubs); and specialist group activities (e.g. The Beckly Centre, Devonport Park Activity Centre, Plymouth Argyle). New opportunities will become available with the latest round of UK Government funding. You can find out more about short breaks for your disabled child on the Plymouth Online Directory here:

Luke Jones

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