TAG Short Breaks
Our Short Breaks gives families the chance to take a break from their normal routines and enjoy doing fun things together.
They also give children and young people the chance to do fun and different activities, often at residential outdoor activity centre’s including Hindleap Warren, Woodrow High House and Avon Tyrrell. These residential trips can help build their confidence and independence. Activities can include archery, climbing, obstacle courses, zip wires and canoeing.
TAG is a highly respected local charity that delivers a programme of personal, social and educational opportunities to young people with disabilities. We hold both the Ambition and London Youth Gold Quality Marks. Established at the start of the millennium as a small community organisation, TAG has grown into a thriving charity providing a range of fun evening and weekend activities for children and young people aged between 8 and 25.
As part of our continuing expansion, TAG aims to engage with more children and young people and make its resources available to a wider audience. To make this a reality we have developed our outreach service. On The Move is available for local community groups supporting children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities to book. These organisations known as ‘hosts’ are responsible for providing the venue and staff and/or volunteers to support the children/young people they support/invite. TAG will provide fun and stimulating equipment, and facilitate its safe use ensuring its used confidently, and create opportunities for children with disabilities to enjoy leisure in their own communities.
TAG Family & Friends
We run various activities throughout the year for families to enjoy together. We also invite those who no longer meet our criteria to attend our core weekly activities as ‘friends’. Activities include leisure pool hire, boat parties, seaside trips and more.
TAG Siblings Group
Many of the young people we support have a brother or sister who can also act as a young carer. For us a young carer is a young person who cares, unpaid, for a person who has any type of special educational need or disability.
The hope is that friendships will be formed and attendees will keep in contact during the period between activity days. This group will allow the young carer to take time out for themselves, socialise and cope with the demands placed on them as carers with other young carers who share similar life experiences.
The roles taken on by a young carer are exhaustive and are carried out often behind closed doors on top of the normal pressures of a young persons life. The care they give may be practical, physical, and emotional. Responsibilities may range from providing practical support such as helping to cook, clean or wash, giving personal care, emotional support, providing medication or helping with financial chores.
What might a young carer do?
- Practical tasks, such as cooking, housework and shopping.
- Physical care, such as helping someone out of bed.
- Emotional support, such as talking to someone who is distressed.
- Personal care, such as helping someone dress.
- Managing the family budget and collecting prescriptions.
- Helping to give medicine.
- Helping someone communicate.
- Looking after brothers and sisters.
Being a young carer can have a big impact on the things that are important to growing up
- It can affect a young person’s health, social life and self-confidence.
- Many young carers struggle to juggle their education and caring which can cause pressure and stress.
- In a survey, 39% said that nobody in their school was aware of their caring role.
- 26% have been bullied at school because of their caring role.
- 1 in 20 miss school because of their caring role.
But young people can learn lots of useful skills by being a young carer.
The Siblings group will also provide accessible links to youth counselling and other agencies who can give expert advice and information on all issues that affect young carers.
TAG Transition & Local Offer Fair
Each year we organise an afternoon for young people and their families to come together with professionals and service providers to help piece together futures.
If you are or you care for a young person aged up to 25 with a disability or additional needs, come and find out more about what’s available locally. This annual event has a focus on transition to adulthood support and services.
This drop in event will be your opportunity to meet local providers and learn about their services. Stall holders include education, day services, supported living, support groups, sport and leisure activities.
TAG Sensory Book Loan Service
Local families, schools and organisations are able to loan sensory books from TAG via our loan service. Our multi-sensory books and storytelling for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities. Our stories are told through voice and emotion rather than words and pictures. We have over 25 Bag Books sensory stories in our library.