Dreadnought Aspires project is a moving on programme – the overall aim of the project is to support young people with ASD to access mainstream social activities.
To access the Aspires service, young people need a definite medical diagnosis of an Autism Spectrum Disorder and be aged 8 – 18 years. They need to be in mainstream education or of mainstream cognitive ability. (Please contact the centre to discuss if you are unsure if your young person meets this criteria)
Location of groups:
We are a countywide service. Currently, there are groups in the following locations – Penzance, Pool, St Austell, Bodmin, Liskeard and Launceston. Age ranges for groups are age 8 – 11 (primary), 11 – 14 and 14 – 18 years, however, these are flexible and dependant on the referrals received in that area.
Aspires groups provide a fun and safe environment for young people, where they are supported to develop and improve their social skills, confidence, self-esteem and independence. Young people attend weekly sessions (term time only) during which there are structured group activities. The young people also have free time to do activities of their choice, or to just hang out! We have a high ratio of workers whose role it is to support, encourage and motivate the young people.
An exciting part of the project is the summer activities programme. This is important as it enables young people to try out new activities and prepares them for moving onto social activities. Joining together with other Aspires groups provides further opportunities to make friends and develop social skills and confidence. The young people choose the activities they would like to do. Popular activities include Surfing, Kayacking, Archery, Swimming and Bowling.
In recent years, multi-activity residential weekends have been arranged for the older groups; these have proved to be very successful, enabling young people to better meet the objectives of the project as well as being a positive experience and fun for all involved.
A young person’s progress is very important to us, regular reviews are carried out over the year with the young person being fully involved in these discussions. Each term parents / carers are invited in to discuss their young person’s development, and how together we can support them to move forward to access a mainstream social activity.
Parents are fully supported with the transition period of leaving Aspires and the young person is supported to access other activities. We provide guidance on appropriate activities and suitable leisure providers. In order to provide the smoothest transition we liaise with the leisure providers and offer Autism awareness training, should it be necessary. In addition to this, if required, we provide a support worker to accompany the young person to assist them to settle in.
Aspires is a time limited service and young people are in the group for up to 12 months. Therefore they need to access Aspires at the time when they will benefit the most (please contact the centre to discuss).
Aspires is supported by funding from the local authority until 2019 and there is a small weekly charge of £2.50 per young person. (This is payable in advance at the start of each term). We also ask for contributions towards our summer activities and residential weekends.
For more information or to discuss making a referral please contact the centre.