We are piloting Saturday sessions at Nell Bank Outdoor Education Centre in Ilkley from October 2022 to February 2023. These will run a little differently to our holiday club sessions, so please read the FAQs before making a booking. Thank you.
Where will the sessions take place?
At Nell Bank Outdoor Education Centre. The address is: Nell Bank, Denton Rd, Ilkley, LS29 ODE. The site is best accessed by car. Young people will be collected from the car park and brought back to it at the beginning and end of the session.
How frequently will the sessions take place?
We would like to offer regular fortnightly sessions. We are working around Nell Bank’s other commitments so it’s slightly less frequent than this during the pilot scheme. In January no sessions will take place due to the weather.
What are the dates of all the pilot scheme sessions?
15th Oct morning – medical needs 5-16s/under 5s
15th Oct afternoon – learning disability 8-16s
26th Nov morning – secondary age, all additional needs
26th Nov afternoon – primary age, all additional needs (under 8s to attend with a PA)
3rd Dec morning – medical needs 5-16s/under 5s
3rd Dec afternoon – learning disability 8-16s
10th Dec morning – secondary age, all additional needs
10th Dec afternoon – primary age, all additional needs (under 8s to attend with a PA)
4th Feb morning – medical needs 5-16s/under 5s
4th Feb afternoon – learning disability 8-16s
18th Feb morning – secondary age, all additional needs
18th Feb afternoon – primary age, all additional needs (under 8s to attend with a PA)
Bookings will open around a fortnight before the sessions take place.
What are the timings of the sessions?
Morning sessions will run from 9.30am – 12.30pm. Afternoon sessions will run from 1pm – 4pm. For the time being we are only offering half day sessions.
What activities will be on offer?
All the usual activities that Nell Bank offer will be available: the adventure playground, pond dipping, mini beasting, the obstacle course, the sensory garden and the Nellmobile. In addition to this we plan to add in our own programme of sports, music, crafts and so on.
Will there be indoor activities available?
Yes. We’re mindful of the fact we are piloting this through the winter and will be setting up the Aiming High Lodge, which is fully accessible, as a cosy indoor space to warm up in.
Will snacks and drinks be available?
Yes snacks and drinks will be freely available throughout the session, but we will not be providing a lunch. You are welcome to send a snack box for your young person too, please do not send nuts due to allergies.
Why can’t under 8s be supported by your staff?
Under Ofsted rules we are allowed to run 14 sessions per year involving under 8s, and we have reached that limit with holiday club sessions. We intend to fully register with Ofsted when we become an independent charity, and this will mean we can offer more staffed sessions to younger ones.
Can I come with my young person?
Generally at LS29 Time we ask that family members don’t come to support young people, as our purpose is respite – plus it can be upsetting for other young people who are being cared for by our staff or PAs.
At these weekend sessions, family carers will be able to come to the medical needs/under 5s sessions - we have no nurse available and we appreciate that the specialist care needed by this peer group may require a family carer.
For the primary sessions, we would ask families to send a DBS-checked PA with their under 8s.
My young person is coming to the medical needs/under 5s session. I am coming as their carer, can I bring their siblings?
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with more information. We would prefer that the session was just for young people with additional needs – but there may be some flexibility depending on the number of siblings and their ages.