A media statement from Stockton Council regarding Stockton Parent Support:
A Stockton Council spokesperson said: "The young people who have attended these services have disabilities and are a priority for the Council. We would like to reassure them and their carers that the type of short breaks and social groups currently arranged by Stockton Parent Support will continue, including those planned for the near future such as four Easter holiday play schemes. No budget cuts are involved.
"Our current contracts with providers of short breaks, including Stockton Parent Support, are due to expire on 31 March. We were therefore obliged to invite bids for a new contract period.
"Before we invited these, we consulted with the parents' participation group Stockton United for Change on the types of short break activities the families would like.
"As a result, we look forward to being able to offer the young people greater opportunities and more activities during short breaks.
"We will work with the young people and their families to make sure the transition to the new providers is as smooth as possible.
"The Council has a fair and clear procurement process which considers all bidders equally and takes in both technical capacity and value for money.
"The bids submitted by Stockton Parent Support were not successful and a number of other providers will provide these services in future. These include Child Deaf Youth Project, Daisy Chain, the George Hardwick Foundation and Sport Works.
"We would like to thank Stockton Parent Support for the invaluable work they have carried out with disabled youngsters and their families across the Borough, on our behalf."
Notes to Editors:
The following Holiday Play Schemes are planned for the Easter Period:
Child Deaf Youth Project
Activities for children and young people with a hearing impairment, the activities will be aimed at new skills and challenges addressing confidence building, independence building, team work and communication abilities.
A range of sporting activities delivered by qualified coaches who are able to deliver a wide range of sports activities with a focus on improving health outcomes and tackling exercise issues with disabled children and young people.
George Hardwick Foundation
A range of activities are on offer including the use of the day spa, cinema, interactive games, group activities, outings, opportunities to just relax, art and crafts.
OASIS inclusive holiday scheme
This is a local authority service provided for children with complex and additional needs (it has not been part of the Quotation Process). The children and young people do a range of activities to meet their needs.