We started from a government initiative to improve Short Breaks for Disabled Children. The Parent Forum formed in 2008 and enjoyed a successful partnership with the Local Authority Aiming High for Disabled Children Team.
Aiming High for Disabled Children ran from 2009 – 2011 delivering short breaks (holiday clubs, trained carers, and events, improving accessibility, swimming and horse-riding). When the funding stopped the parents and the project manager fused together and formed the charity Aiming Higher.
In 2011 – 2012 we brokered short breaks on behalf of Blackpool Council, these included three different Holiday Clubs, After School Clubs, Family Events, Help4U Hours and Watersplash.
In April 2012 – May 2013 we successfully ran a pilot scheme from Mereside Community Centre which provided a Café, which families could enjoy a “cuppa”, attend meetings, training sessions, access information and bond with other families who may have similar issues. Unfortunately, the Community Centre was closed by Blackpool Council so we decided to look for a building, a place that families could “own”.
In May 2013 after a six month refurbishment, we moved to 231 – 233 Church St. From July 2013 – Aug 2015, we provided a base for a Holiday Club and three After School sessions from the centre.
Now in our 6th year on Church Street and with a team of 9 staff, we offer a range of groups, family support and counselling services.