SPLASH is a holiday play scheme for children and young people (5-17 years) and young volunteers (18 - 25) with severe to profound physical and learning disabilities. SPLASH welcomes children who find it hard to use mainstream schemes because of their additional needs. The scheme runs for 3 days a week in school holidays including half terms, summer, Christmas and Easter.

Children attending the scheme are able to take part in many fun and stimulating activities (arts and craft, themed days, cooking and organised sports). Sessions run during all school holidays, commencing at 10am and ending at 4pm. As well as in house activities, we also run two pre-booked trip days each week to local attractions and activities.

SPLASH also provides valuable respite for the children’s families, siblings and carers, supporting them in having a break from their caring role.

The SPLASH Project first operated for 6 weeks in the summer of 1994. Prior to SPLASH there was little provision for children with special needs in the Teignbridge area. 

The Scheme is run by a management committee made up of parents and volunteers.

44 children are currently registered to SPLASH. During any given session up to 12 of these young people will attend. Most of the children are supported by staff on either a 1-1 or 2-1 basis. The children are organised into 3 groups to assist with planning for them.

The current day to day supervising structure comprises a Coordinator; One Playscheme Manager and two Deputy Playscheme Managers. We employ play workers when in session and also use volunteers.

SPLASH is a registered charity (No. 1043693) and is OFSTED registered (No. EY500950). We work within the Play Work Principles and aim to support the development of children through play.

Placements are paid for by parents’ direct payment money, solely by parents or funded directly by social services. Some may be funded by other sources. We keep our costs low to enable as many families as possible to access the scheme so we rely heavily on grants, donations and fund-raising. A family can refer themselves, but generally referrals come through their care managers and social workers.

Pricing for each activity can be found on the Activities page.

SPLASH would like to say a big thank you to Children in Need and the Lloyds Bank Foundation for making this possible:
"It's very easy with children like Bill to think 'this is it', if you don't endeavour to expand his experience you might as well give up...Splash makes him feel worthy - he puts on his SPLASH Tshirt and he switches on." Bills mum. 

 

The SPLASH Management Committee wish to help families in crisis access our services free of charge when they have an emergency or no alternative means of payment. As a parent -led charity we have first hand experience of need; when one of us becomes sick, a family member dies, or there has been marriage/relationship break up, the added pressure can be overwhelming. Where we can SPLASH would like to help with additional respite.

Funds will be limited. From 2016 forward, we will designate 50% of all monies raised through community fundraising to providing this facility. It needs to be recognised by all as a stop gap, not a permanent solution.  SPLASH will work closely with families in crisis and Devon County Council to aid continuation of service funded through alternative sources.

It is important to us that the procedures we follow are transparent, fair and non-discriminatory. Therefore, we have developed this policy to outline criteria for referral; the referral and decision making process, response time, limitations on support and referral pathways for ongoing aid.  

Criteria for referral:

A sudden family crisis e.g.
  • Illness of main carer or sibling
  • Death in the family
  • Relationship break up
  • An emergency in the extended family, requiring the main carer’s attention.
A significant family problem e.g.
  • Recent diagnosis; statutory provision not in place
  • Family relocation; support framework not in place
  • A financial problem/cash flow crisis

This provision is intended to support families with children with profound physical disabilities and/or severe learning disabilities. We will only waive fees for children with a diagnosed condition. We will prioritise provision on a ‘most need’ basis. All provision will be time limited. Maximum of 6 days per client.

You can download the full policy from our Policies and Practice guidelines page

You can download the latest policy documents for all aspects of our work here.

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