Blast Buddy - The 3 service elements are Blast Buddy, Blast Travel Training, and Blast Holiday Club. These services will enable the young person to spend time with similar aged young people and have fun, participate in universal leisure activities and reduce the need for adult support to access leisure activities.
Overview of the service
The Blast Buddy Service is a specialist service. Young people or families may have come together and decided they want to purchase support to set up a specific group activity or to attend an activity that already exists in Sutton or the surrounding area. Achieving the desired outcomes and providing a quality service within this model requires that the numbers of children per staff member are carefully considered
Communication and interaction needs
Cognition and learning needs
Social, emotional and mental health difficulties
Specific or complex health needs
Categories of need
Mild Learning Difficulty / Disability, Moderate Learning Difficulties/ Disability (MLD), Severe Learning Difficulties/ Disability (SLD), Mild Speech and Language difficulty, SpLD (Specific learning Difficulties), Mobility Disabilities, Communication needs (Speech, Language and Communication), Autistic Spectrum Conditions, Down Syndrome, Visual Impairment, Cerebral Palsy, Hearing Impairment, Challenging Behaviour, Fragile X, Global Development Delay
12-15, 16-18, 18-20, 20-25
Who we provide for
7 days a week
What we do
"The 3 service elements are Blast Buddy, Blast Travel Training, and Blast Holiday Club. These services will all enable the person to spend time with similar aged young people and have fun, participate in universal leisure activities and reduce the need for adult support to access leisure activities.
The Service can be accessed by children and young people that have similar desired outcomes. They may have come together and decided they want to purchase support to set up a specific group activity or to attend an activity that already exists in Sutton or the surrounding area. Achieving the desired outcomes and providing a quality service within this model requires that the numbers of children per staff member are carefully considered.
Support could also be delivered on a 1 to 1 basis in the young person’s home, for example where the individual has been socially isolated over a number of months and needs specific support to encourage and equip them with the confidence they require to attend activities in a group setting.
The Blast Buddy service will be available from specific meeting points throughout the Borough of Sutton. At prearranged times the travel buddy will meet an individual or group and support them to travel by public transport to a universal activity, an agreed activity provided by Croydon Care Solutions such as the School Holiday Club or any other journey assessed as needed."
Is there a waiting list?
Are there any taster sessions?
Do you need a support worker?
Can you take your support worker with you?
Does parent / carer have to stay?
Is parent / carer allowed to stay?
Can siblings attend?
Staff SEND skills
All Croydon Care Solutions staff hold current DBS checks. . Staff complete training on safeguarding, first aid, disability awareness, person centred planning, risk assessing and health and safety.
Have staff had safeguarding training in last year?
Staff Disability Awareness trained in last year?
Are staff trained in specialist interventions?
Are there staff trained in manual handling?
Assessing child safety
An initial meeting will take place with the Blast Buddy, Parent/Carer and the young person. Together they will agree a support plan including areas of risks and mitigating actions to reduce the risk. Following each session the Buddy will feedback to the Parent/Carer about the session and what worked well or if there are areas to work on.
Referrals can be made by the Short Break Co-ordinator or those with Direct Payments or are Self Funding are welcome to refer directly.
Deciding who can use the service
London Borough of Sutton
Is there a charge for the service?
Direct payments, Personal budgets, Care package from LA, Own funds
In the young persons house or in the community depending on the outcome being worked towards
Our Service is delivered in the home
Communication methods used
Signs and symbols, British Sign Language, Makaton, PECS
Respite & Support
Respite & Short Breaks
Education and childcare
Leisure and play
Clubs & activities, Things to do, Holidays, Friendships & relationships
Preparation for adulthood
Communicating with parents and carers
All promotional information and correspondence is available in a media format to meet the needs of the young person, parent or carer. Large print, Braille and audio versions are available on request. All information is available in a simpler pictorial based format. If engaging with a family where English is not their first language we seek to find a translator from within the family unit. If this is not possible a translator will be sourced
Is the service fully accessible?
The service is based in the community, the buddy will research venues with the young person before they visit. Each venue is checked for accessibility.
Each session is planned with the young person, they are encouraged to make decisions regarding how and when they receive support whilst always sharing this with the parent/carer.