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Springboard Opportunity Group is a Registered Charity (No. 1025787) and a Company Limited by Guarantee (No. 2844191). It was formed in 1986 by a small group of parents living inNorth Somerset who all had young disabled children and could not find the support they required during the early years of their children's lives. Since we started, we have worked with over 1000 children and their families and we now provide a vital service for over 100 children and their families every week.
Our principal aim has always been to give pre-school children with disabilities and other additional needs the best possible opportunity to live fulfilling and independent lives. We do this by providing the children with the specialist input that is crucial in the early stages of their lives, and their parents/carers with the information and emotional support they need in order to help their children.
We provide a range of specialist services that are not available from anyone else in North Somerset but are needed so that young children with additional needs can (a) build the essential strong foundations that will benefit them for the rest of their lives and enable them to make a positive contribution to society and (b) fully access early years and educational services provided by the local authority.
We run structured play sessions in our purpose-built centres at Clevedon and Weston-super-Mare, an outreach service in South Weston and an Early Years’ Inclusion Service that provides access for children with additional needs to their local nursery or pre-school and deliver a Toy Library service We work in partnership with local education, health and social care professionals, and run training courses for our staff, our volunteers and other professionals.
We benefit from having a strong team of qualified and experienced staff, a number of dedicated and hard-working volunteers, and a successful fund raising group "Friends of Springboard" made up of ex-Springboard parents/carers and other supporters.
Our services are highly valued and respected by parents/carers and the statutory services, and Ofsted adjudged our services to be “outstanding” when they inspected our settings 2009 and 2010 respectively. Our major source of revenue funding comes from a Commissioned Services Agreement with North Somerset Council and the North Somerset CCG. This grant is supplemented by nursery grant funding and donations raised from grant-making trusts, Friends activities, local companies and individual supporters.
We value the support of a growing number of organisations and individuals. We invite readers of this report to become partners in our work, and help to ensure that young children with additional needs obtain the best possible start in life.
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