Cambridge Joint Playschemes
Who are we?
Cambridge Joint Playschemes (CJP) was set up in 1995 by Robert and Kathleen Powell. CJP has been in existence for 20 years and for 17 of those provided Holiday Playschemes for children and young people with moderate to severe learning disabilities as well as Saturday morning clubs. CJP currently runs Saturday clubs and an annual holiday club.
Once a fortnight the children and young people attend the Autism Friendly screenings at the Arts Picturehouse in Cambridge, which creates a much quieter environment for those that cannot always cope with loud movie soundtracks and a totally darkened theatre.
The alternate Saturdays are planned to support everyone to engage in as many community based activities as is possible, these include swimming, boat trips,visits to museums, local wildlife centres, bowling and the golf driving range. We’ve even been down dry ski slopes!
Sadly, the majority of our young people do not have the same social network outside of school as other children do, this is largely due to the fact that they are transported to and from their special schools. This means they have limited contact with friends outside of the school environment. They do not always have the opportunity to mix with children in their local area, due to their disability, their need for adult supervision or the social stigma’s still attached to these amazing young people.
CJP plan activities, in consultation with parents and the children with the aim to build on their interests, encourage social interaction, independence from their families, develop communication skills, promote self-esteem and confidence, to name but a few. These undoubtedly support these incredible young people into adult life, something we all take to easily for granted.
As part of our planned programme of activities on Saturdays we have a contract with a local minibus company and collect the children from their local "park and ride" site around the Cambridge area. This allows them to be in the company of their friends and the amazing staff team.
Cambridge Joint Playschemes Activity Clubs holds to the principle that children and young people with moderate to severe learning disabilities have the right to access enjoyable, stimulating and fun activities provided in a safe and caring environment by an organisation run to the highest standard.