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Wigan Council aims high for disabled children – new DVD launched
Friday 30th July, 2010

Wigan Council has launched a DVD showcasing its services for disabled youngsters as part of its ‘Aiming High for Disabled Children’ programme.

The ‘Aiming High for Disabled Children’ programme was launched in 2008 and the council was allocated £2 million to spend over the three year life of the programme, to help improve the short break provision available to disabled youngsters aged 0-19 years and their families.

The programme aims to provide better support, information and short break provision by making the system more accessible and the new DVD highlights the services commissioned as part of the Wigan Aiming High programme.

The DVD showcases the various organisations which provide short breaks, services and equipment on behalf of Wigan Council and is highly recommended viewing for all parents, carers and young people with disabilities.

Wigan Council’s Aiming High Project Manager, John Andrews, says: “Wigan has fully embraced the ‘Aiming High for Disabled Children’ programme and we are committed to improving short break services for disabled youngsters and their families. We have a number of services that we would like to promote to families including leisure activities, daytime and overnight care, summer holiday activities, siblings groups and the Duke of Edinburgh scheme.

“A substantial part of the Aiming High funding is used to buy specialist equipment and to make improvements to disabled facilities, by investing in capital improvements to buildings. As part of this programme, the council has invested in equipment for the borough’s swimming pools, paid for an adapted lodge at Ribby Hall Holiday Village near Blackpool and made substantial improvements to the council-owned Low Bank Ground outdoor centre in the Lake District. All of these facilities are available for use and I would urge families to find out more about the whole range of services available.”

To request a free copy of the DVD, please contact Jill Roberts at Wigan Council on 01942 404162 or by e-mailing: jill.roberts@wigan.gov.uk

For further information, please contact Josie Neil at Wigan Council’s Media and Communications team on 01942 827369.

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