SNIPS - Special Needs Inclusion Project

We operate an Ofsted registered after-school club and holiday Playscheme for children with profound and often multiple disabilities.

The idea behind the project is to give these children the same play opportunities that other able bodied children are afforded. The project is varied and the activities are influenced by the children themselves.

We are based in our own centre at One77, 175-177 York Road, Hartlepool. We often visit other places such as :The Funshack (Seaham), Tweedles Childrens Farm (Blackhall), Albert Park (Middlesbrough), Preston Park (Stockton on Tees) and other places around the North East.

We attempt to meet all needs of the children whilst promoting learning through play in activities which are of the child's choice. We provide the children on our afterschool club with a tea-time snack and refreshments. We also provide transport from school and to home with our accompanied escorts (where available)

The project is staffed by a team of well trained individuals who specialise in working with children who have a disability as well as a strong team of dedicated volunteers. Every member of the team is DBS checked, first aid trained, food hygiene qualified and trained in a multitude of other areas such as feeding, toileting issues and hygiene matters.

Children are referred on to the project by either their School, Parents and Carers, Children’s Services, a Health Professional or another agency.

There is a small registration fee charged for this project which depends on the level of external funding that we are currently receiving. This is currently £6.00 per session for the afterschool club and £12.00 per session for the holiday playscheme.

We welcome visits by parents and carers to see the care and service that we provide. (by appointment)

If you would like a child / young person to attend this project, simply contact our Section Head for Children and Young People, Nicola Thompson, on 01429 867016 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Kieran loves using Families First for after school and in the holidays. With his understanding being that of a 9 month old, the way he let's us know if he's not happy is temper tantrums. These he has not had for a while and never when using Families First. The service is fantastic and gives me as a parent peace of mind my child is being cared for when I'm at work. He is not an odd one out due to his disability. I cannot recommend this service enough. The staff are wonderful always helpful and friendly and again my peace of mind when it comes to others looking after Kieran. This is paramount and Families First certainly gives me this.