Established in 2001 by three parents, who have children with special needs, upon researching and finding out there was a lack of social and recreational resources and opportunities for children with special needs during out of school hours in the local area. Corresponding with the parents, local authorities, Bedfordshire and Luton council and other funding bodies, with great passion and commitment ‘Hillcrest out of school club’ was developed.
After obtaining charitable status as a non-profit-making organisation, the name later changed to S.N.O.O.S.C (in beds) to avoid confusion as the organisation was based and operated within the ‘Hillcrest special school’.
The organisation works in partnership with central Bedfordshire council, Luton borough council, and Houghton Regis town council. We have recently received a ‘highly commended’ award from Houghton Regis town council, with two members of our staff receiving individual awards for their hard work and dedication.
All Club members are assigned a 1:1 to give them support and guidance during their choice of activity at each club session, SNOOSC support workers take their time to get to know all individual club members likes, dislikes and preferences which enables our club members to get the very best experience while at sessions.
We take safeguarding very seriously at SNOOSC and make sure all our staff have the up to date relevant training qualifications, this enables us to make sure that all club members are safer at all times during club sessions.
Special Needs Out Of School Club are proud members of the Luton Short Breaks VCS Consortium – a partnership of 6 voluntary organisations who provide short breaks services to support children and young adults with additional or complex needs and disabilities living in Luton.
The Consortium is currently funded by London Luton Airport and managed by Autism Bedfordshire.
2018/19 was another very successful year for the Luton Voluntary and Community Service Short Breaks Consortium helping over 370 children and young people with disabilities (aged 0-18) The consortium members organised over 670 short break sessions which provided parents and carers in Luton with over 30,000 short break hours.
Our SNOOSC Staff are highly qualified support workers, who are passionate, committed and dedicated team members creating a safe and stimulating environment for all club members. Keeping a close liaison with Parents, Guardians and Carers to ensure an outstanding quality of 1:1 personalised care. SNOOSC Staff recognise a uniqueness as an individual and cater an imaginative programme of individual activities, enriching the lives of our club members.
SNOOSC Staff are all DBS checked and have had mandatory training in Safeguarding, First Aid, Intimate Care, Moving and Handling, Health and Safety and Fire Warden training.