About our Services
BOSP services are open to children and young people from birth to 25 years of age with disabilities or life limiting illnesses.
We can discuss the needs of your child or young adult and organise a visit to one of our sessions. You will be asked to complete registration forms and an 'All About Me' form so we can ensure we meet your child's or young person's individual needs. For examples of these forms please click on the links at the bottom of this page. You can print off and complete the forms before your visit, if you prefer.
BOSP delivers different types of clubs to suit different levels of need. Many of our clubs have a high staff to child/young person ratio to help meet complex needs, whilst some are aimed specifically at developing young people's decision making, communication skills and independence with a view that they may move into volunteering, employment and supported living.
At your initial visit we will discuss the level of support your child or young person requires. Many of our children and young people have individual care plans as they need a high level of care and support from our Support Workers. Each child and young person is risk assessed so we can determine the most suitable BOSP club and the support they need for hall based and Out & About activities.
BOSP is happy to accommodate the dietary needs of your child or young person. At our hall based sessions a packed lunch is normally required, but Skills 4 Life, Big BOSP and on Out & About trips such as Let's Connect and Chill Zone, lunch or dinner is often included as part of the session.
Each activity session is supported by Senior Team leaders and overseen by a Supervisor. The Supervisor is responsible for the smooth running of the session. On arrival/collection you will be required to sign your child or young person in/out with the Supervisor and document any equipment or medication that needs to be given. If someone else is collecting your child or young person the Supervisor should be informed in advance. They will need to know your 'password' before they will be allowed to leave.
Family Liaison Worker
Our Family Liaison Worker can be contacted if you are new to BOSP, are a BOSP family and are experiencing difficulties associated with transition into adulthood or your child/young person is not in full-time education. You can call The BOSP Office on 01268 553117 to arrange a one-to-one appointment to discuss concerns you may have around further education, respite opportunities, independent living and re-assessment for your young person.
Additionally, if you would like the opportunity to meet up with other families, we hold a peer support walking group called Walk with Us, in Wat Tyler Country Park and a parent carer yoga group. Please call The BOSP Office for more details or email us at [email protected]
How to Book Activities & Services
Sessions are planned quarterly. Towards the end of the previous quarter we will email the activity schedules for the next period, giving families the opportunity to plan ahead, i.e. January to March, April to June, July to September and October to December. Parents/Families then reply to BOSP by the booking deadline. We match your child/young person with a Playworker and send out confirmation of your allocated sessions.
Parental contribution costs vary per club, depending on the amount of funding we have received for the activity and the age of your child or young person/adult.
Payment & Cancellation Information
Session invoices are issued on a monthly basis to the email address provided on your registration form. Fees must be paid in advance by the first of each month. Payment can be made by bank transfer, cheque, or in cash at The BOSP Office. Payments cannot be accepted at BOSP sessions.
BOSP's cancellation period is 1 week (7 full days), in order for a credit to be applied to your account. Notice of cancellation must be given to The BOSP Office by telephone: 01268 553117 or by email: [email protected] Notice of cancellation given to staff or Playworkers at sessions or via the BOSP mobile will not be accepted. If you need to cancel on the day of a Saturday session or after 5pm on Friday, please call the BOSP mobile on: 07901 858457 and leave a message. Please contact The BOSP Office at all other times.
If your child or young person is unwell we ask that you do not bring them to a session. For sickness or diarrhoea they can attend BOSP 48 hours after symptoms disappear; for a high temperature please leave 24 hours after they feel better.
At BOSP we believe that children have the right to be completely secure from both fear and reality of abuse and are committed to protecting all the children in our care from harm. All of our staff undergo safeguarding training, whilst senior staff are trained to level 2 and two members of staff are trained to level 3. Jodie Connelly, CEO and Emily Bell (Activity Co-ordinator) are the two designated Safeguarding Leads who co-ordinate child protection issues and Sarah Pearce our Services Manager is the Deputy Safeguarding Lead. They are responsible for liaising with Social Services and the Area Child Protection Committee in any child protection matter. BOSP also has a designated Trustee who oversees child protection or safeguarding matters. If we believe a child or young person is in danger or at risk we will seek advice from or make a referral to Social Services. For a full copy of BOSP's Child Protection/Adult Safeguarding policies, please contact The BOSP Office.
BOSP aims to provide a welcoming environment that promotes and reflects cultural and social diversity and is equally accessible to all.
BOSP’s Equal Opportunities Policy and Procedures aim to help everyone involved at BOSP to counteract and eliminate both direct and indirect discrimination in decision making, employment practices and service provision; to ensure that we strive to achieve equal opportunity for all.