Beachcombers playscheme ran for 3 days a week during school holiday times for children and young people with additional support needs living in South West Glasgow. Transport was provided for outings outwith the playscheme and the carers were able to accompany the child or young person to enjoy this experience together.
Beachcombers have extended the service to young people between the ages of 18 – 20 and their families to provide some sort of transitional service to young people moving into adulthood.
The Activities Coordinator helped deliver a range of recreational activities and activity short breaks for children with life limiting conditions in complex disabilities. This enabled families to spend quality time together, have respite from their caring duties and improve their health and wellbeing.
We organised activity days across Dumfries and Galloway during school holiday periods for families with a or young person with severe and complex multiple support needs. There was a wide range of activities including horse riding, visits to nature reserves, cooking, swimming, creative art sessions and visits to local museums.
We provided grants directly to carers who live in Angus.
We provided a core activity programme of two art sessions per week a 42 weeks (84 sessions) and shorter programmes of woodland activity (12 sessions overall) for those with less mobility problems.
Carers could join the sessions with their cared for adult or take time for themselves. In addition to this we piloted two activity days for young carers providing summer outdoor activities for the young carers on their own and also a day to enjoy with their families. This included a campfire, crafting activities and woodland and beach walk.
We provided support in a variety of ways, our Play and Stay Group (0-5 yrs), 4 Youth Clubs throughout the week, Activity/Sports Club, Saturday Clubs and Holiday Clubs.
Offering young people the chance to develop friendship with their peers and the teenage volunteers. They also learned vital life skills through the fun and stimulating activities offered. Allowing families a chance to experience some free time to relax and feel refreshed.
S.H.I.P provides support to young people with additional support needs (0-18yrs) and their families.
We provided group activities for 1.5 hours each Thursday evening for up to 20 children with learning disabilities, autism and other related long term conditions, whilst their parents had a break from their caring role.
The activities, included cooking (taught by an experienced chef over a 4 week period), painting, games, outdoor pursuits, and entertainment was also provided.
We also had a short term respite care service at Kinvara, a home in Stranraer which provided valued respite care for children and adults supported by Turning Point Scotland. There was overnight respite each month for children at Kinvara, plus 1 day activity following the sleepover. The service concluded with an activity weekend to Kielder in January 2017.
We provided ‘Time for Me’ support groups for rural and remote carers in locations across Oban, Lorn and Isles enabling carers to get a break from caring role, focus on their own health and wellbeing, create enduring peer support relationships, access therapies for respite.
We also run a ‘Time for Me’ respite week for Carers to Hynish, Tiree.
We provided social activities for 3 hours every Wednesday evening and 5 hours on a weekend once a month for 25 young adults with learning difficulties, disabilities and/or challenging behaviour, while their carers had some much needed time for themselves.
Our project involved day trips for families to Bo’ness Railway Station and the Yard in Edinburgh and we also took families on a 2 day trip to Blackpool. As well as this, we set up Indepen-dance sessions in South Lanarkshire.