Childrens Services

The Tower Project provides various services to children and young people with complex physical disabilities and/or learning difficulties and Autism between the ages of 5 to 18 years. These services range from After School clubs, Saturday Autistic provision, Summer Holiday Schemes, Easter Provision, and October and February half term schemes.

Through our services we endeavour to help young people develop their full potential through positive role models, social interaction, inclusion and new experiences that will broaden their horizons.

We provide this through a stable, secure and relaxed environment where young people are appreciated at all times and parents and carers feel content to leave them.

COMPLEX NEEDS SUMMER SCHEME

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Dates: July – August
Times: 9.00am to 3.30pm
Age: 5 to 18 Years
Contact: Naima Boukhriss

This provision operates for four weeks during the school summer holidays and is for young people aged between 5 to 18 years, who have a complex range of severe disabilities and Autism. The scheme is very structured and the young people attending are placed within small groups that are determined by age, ability and level of care.

Times are 9.00am to 3.30 pm, Monday to Friday. Door to door transport is provided from the young person’s home between 8.00am and 9.00am; returning home between 3.30pm and 4.30pm. This transport is also used for all off site activities. Hot meals, snacks and all activity expenses are provided for.

The ethos of this scheme places importance on encouraging young people’s life skills, confidence building, social interaction, inclusion and fun. We provide an extensive pre-planned programme of activities (both on and off site), that is designed to adapt to the individual needs of its users; hence we offer a very high level of staffing support including one to one staff ratio.

All on site activities are risk assessed and include:

Sensory activities
Horticulture tutors
Arts and crafts
Healthy living
Zumba
Karaoke competitions
Basketball
Football
Cycling
Messy art
Computers
Cooking
Life skills
Sports day
Discos
Pottery

All off site activities are risk assessed and include:

Sailing
Visits to Marsh Farm
Belhurst Wood Environmental Park
Local Parks and Museums
Travel Training
Cycling
Bowling
Fruit Picking in Kent
Chislehurst Caves
Swimming
Greenwich Park

The above holiday provision was awarded “Outstanding” in every subject by Ofsted in 2009/2010.

COMPLEX NEEDS – OCTOBER AND FEBRUARY HALF TERM SCHEMES

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Dates: October and February Half Term school holidays
Time: Monday – Friday 9.00am to 3.30pm
Age: 5 to 18 Years
Contact: Naima Boukhriss

These schemes are Ofsted registered and are for young people aged 5 to 18 years, with physical disabilities and/or learning disabilities and Autism. All participants attend schools in and out of the borough, but all must have residency of Tower Hamlets.

The October/February schemes, unlike the summer provision, are smaller in attendance. Only young people, who are referred through the London Borough of Tower Hamlets “Short Break Self-Referral Form” or Social Services, can attend. Door to door transport, plus a hot meals, snacks and all activity expenses are provided for.

Young people are divided into groups according to their age, ability and level of care. A structured programme of activities (which are all risk assessed) are on offer to all participants ranging from cooking, music and dance to bowling and sailing in Docklands.

PHOENIX SCHOOL OCTOBER & FEBRUARY HALF TERM SCHEMES

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Dates: October and February Half Term School Holidays
Time: Monday – Friday 9.00am to 3.30pm
Age: 5 to 18 Years
Contact: Naima Boukhriss

Due to our successful collaboration with Phoenix school, we are now able to offer two extra schemes; one in October and the other for February half term, based at Phoenix School for Phoenix pupils.

The age range is 5 to 18 years, door to door transport with escorts is provided to and from home and a hot meals, snacks and all activities are provided.

This provision is Ofsted registered; Phoenix school is a totally secure and fully accessible environment. The young people with Autism are familiar with the school surroundings and this facilitates an easier change over from school to scheme and reduces their stress and anxieties levels, thus facilitating their return to school.

Our programme of activities are risk assessed at all levels and include art/craft, music, pottery and drama tutors, soft play, keep fit, basketball, water therapy and visiting local parks. This programme is adaptable to suit the individual needs of the young people attending, to achieve this we provide a high level of staff/ pupil ratio.

AFTER SCHOOL CLUB

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The After School Club operates from the Tower Project, Whitehorse Road Building during term time only. The club operates five days a week from 3.30pm-6.30pm with transport plus escorts provided home between 6.30pm to 8.00pm. A healthy snack, hot meal and dessert will be offered each evening. On Friday evening the after school club caters for children between the ages of 8 to 12 years, while on Monday to Thursday for young people aged 13 to 18 years. The young people attending have severe physical disabilities and/or learning difficulties and Autism.

The after school club will provide an activity programme that is comparable to mainstream provision; the activities on offer enhance social, educational and life skills while promoting independence, inclusion and positive roles modules.

Members work in small groups on a programme of pre-planned activities. Sessions are based on a theme or project as a focus for the activities over the course of a term.

A sample of our activity programme on site:
Numeracy/Literacy
Music and Dance
Health and Safety
Health and Hygiene
Life Skills
Healthy Eating
Keep Fit
Arts and Crafts
T-Shirt Printing
Computers
Drama
Disco
Cooking
Pottery

A Sample of our activity programme off site:

– Swimming at Mile End Leisure or Stephen Hawking School
– Visits to other After School Clubs
– Visits to Canary Wharf, Half Moon Theatre, Mud Chute Farm
– Visits to Victoria Park and Bowling in Brick Lane

It is important for us to have the young people’s input into all of our services, thus this service has a member’s forum who meet on a regular basis to give feedback on the activities they have participated in and what they would like for the future.

PHOENIX SCHOOL SUMMER SCHEMES

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This scheme is collaboration between the Tower Project and Phoenix School, who have a long standing working partnership. This service is for young people aged 5 to 18 years who attend Phoenix School.

This short break provision operates for three weeks during the summer holiday period and door to door transport is provided with escorts. Hot meals, snacks, and all activity expense are paid for.

The venue for this provision is Phoenix school; which is Ofsted registered, a totally secure and fully accessible environment. The young people with Autism are familiar with the surroundings and this provides an easier change over from school to scheme and reduces the young people’s stress levels and anxieties, thus facilitating a calmer return to school.

The aim of this service is to provide a fun packed holiday scheme which incorporates the same routines, norms and structures as the school, while facilitating quality time for parents/carers to spend with their other children. The objectives of this service are to promote equality of opportunity for pupils, to participate in a wide range of activities that improve pupil motivation, raise self-esteem and are fun and compatible to main stream provision.

We offer a varied programme of activities in a relaxed atmosphere, but within a structured environment suited to pupils with Autism. This includes creative play that emphasises communication and interaction while encouraging independence and developing life skills.

On site activities include:

Horticulture
Sports England
Water therapy
Music and dance
Tactile arts and crafts
Messy art
Life skills
Sensory play
Basketball
Cooking
Keep fit
Pottery
Soft play

Off-site activities are subject to a Risk Assessment in conjunction with the risk assessment we hold on the young person attending; these are done on an individual basis.

EVENING LEISURE GROUP (AUTISM)

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Dates: Wednesday Evening Leisure Group
Time: 5.30pm to 10.00pm
Age: 12 to 18 years
Contact: Naima Boukhriss

The Tower Project has a long and very well established track record of working with young people with Autism.

The aim of this service is to improve the lives of young people with autism within their community; this will be achieved by offering them the same opportunities, choices and experiences as their peers. This will enhance the quality of their lives and their dignity within the community. Our objective is to encourage independence, integration, creativity and communal spirit among the group, in particular at the social civic and cultural levels.

This service was established due to the high demand for such a provision within Tower Hamlets. Many of the young people attending have previously been denied access into other services due to their challenging behaviour or need for high level staff support. This unique project enables young people with autism to have the opportunity to attend an evening youth group and participate alongside their peers.

Hence the young people enjoy individual support and stimulating activities while their families enjoy a short break.

This provision offers door to door transport with escorts. The structured programme of activities (which is risk assessed) comprises of:

Sensory and Tactile Arts
Dance & Movement
Supported Living Skills
Aromatherapy
Relaxation
Arts & Crafts
Nutritional Cookery
Sensory Massage
Music

Off-site activities include Swimming, Bowling, and visiting places of interest, parks and socialising.

EASTER SCHEME COMPLEX NEEDS

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Dates: Various School Easter Holidays
Time: 9.00am to 3.30pm
Age: 5 to 18 years
Contact: Naima Boukhriss

This Ofsted registered service operates for 8 days during the Easter school holiday period from 9.00am to 3.30pm. The age range is from 5 to 18 years, and provides door to door transport, hot breakfast, hot lunch, and snacks. All activity expenses are paid for.

The young people attending this service are divided into groups with a team leader in each. The programme is varied and is individually tapered to suit the needs of the young people attending, thus we provide a high staff young person ratio.

All our activities both on and off site are risk assessed and include Keep Fit, Computers, Pottery, Music and Dance, Cooking, Swimming, Bowling, Belhurst Wood and Chislehurst Caves.

The ethos of the scheme is to enable young people with disabilities to have the same opportunities as those in main stream holiday provisions, culminating in quality time for their parents/carers.

SATURDAY AUTISM DAY SERVICE

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Days: Saturdays – Term Time Only
Age: Juniors – 8 to 12 years
Seniors – 13 to 18 years
Contact: Naima Boukhriss

This is a new Tower Project short break service that has been commissioned by the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. The ethos of this provision is to enable young people with autism to integrate into the community by offering young people unique opportunities for both on-site and offsite activities cumulating in parents/carers having quality time to spend as they choose.

The service is split into two groups Juniors with ages 8 to 12 and Seniors 13 to 18 it operates term time only and provides door to door transport to and from the Tower Project and for all off site activities.

There are programmes in place for each half term that are very flexible and can be adapted to suit the individual needs of its users. These programmes are split into two parts off site activities which normally take place during the morning/yearly afternoon session. The young people will then break for lunch around 1pm which will either be at a restaurant close to the off-site venue or at the Tower Project.

On-site activities for the afternoon will be a combination of computers, creative art/crafts, music, hall games, pottery, social skills, cooking and free time.

Off-site activities include Fruit picking in Kent, Bowling, Belhurst Wood Environmental Park, Grays Beach, Greenwich Park and the Urban Gym.

If a young person arrives at the Tower Project and is very unsettled and deemed to be at risk, to participate in the planned off-site activity. Then an alternative on-site programme will be delivered to suit the young person individual needs at that particular time. As this services has a high staff, student ratio this facilitates the above and enables both young person and staff to stay behind in a quite environment.