PLUS provided a bespoke respite service to families and carers with a disabled child living in Forth Valley area.
PLUS Short Breaks put parents and carers in the driving seat when it came to choosing where, when, how and by whom the respite breaks are provided.
We provided grants directly to carers who care for a child or adult with learning disabilities.
Opportunity PLUS – a short break for parents/carers of 3-5 year old children with disabilities through the provision of a weekly play session for their child, with appropriate staff support.
Play and Chat – a parent and toddler group for ‘bump – 5’ facilitating opportunities for parents to develop peer support and friendships.
We provided a range of fun, rewarding and stimulating group outings/activities for children and young people with additional support needs and their families and carers during the school holidays.
RNIB Activate delivered a programme of activities for children and young people living with sight loss and their families across Scotland.
We provided grants directly to carers who live in Falkirk District or Clackmannanshire.
We provided grants directly to carers who provide care and support to people with serious mental health problems and mental illness
We provided grants directly to carers who live in Scotland and are caring for someone with a diagnosis of dementia.
To date we have delivered respite services to 2 young people and 3 carers, a 5 week arts club and an 8 week photography club.
Young people have gone out for dinner, gone to the pantomime, visited local fetes, had walks along the beach, massage/girly pampering sessions, visited local parks, taken lots of photographs, made lots of art works and held an exhibition.
During the last 8 months PLUS has succeeded in providing a flexible and creative respite service for 24 children and young people and their families.
We have listened to the requirements of both parents and children in order to meet their needs. Since April 2013 we have enabled 40 parents/carers to have regular breaks from caring. We met with each family prior to getting breaks underway and we assessed the needs of the children and young people and agreed individual outcomes with parents/carers .
Some breaks are taken at home and others take place out in the community. Activities have ranged from story-telling, craft and baking to horse-riding. We have on some occasions, linked up with other children/carers during breaks to facilitate social opportunities.