A story by Jack and Jill Support Group
We enjoyed a trip to a dairy farm which was provided by Royal Highland Education Trust and we hope to take part in another outing with them next year. As a celebration, we were able to take part in a residential stay at Auchengillan Outdoor Activity Centre and we took part in various outdoor and indoor activities which everyone really enjoyed. This is our second year running this project.
Our group supports families who have children with additional support needs and we do this in a variety of ways. This project involved a session in allotment skills every Sunday. Young people got to take part in learning how to manage an allotment, how to grow and care for plants and flowers and linked in the theory with health and well being.
What Outdoor Activities did
We participated in a weekly rental of a large plot within Chapelhall Allotments and this was ran by a pool of regular volunteers. This activity was available to any member of the organisation and was not restricted in numbers. We ran every Sunday from March - September from 12pm-3pm on a 2 group rotational basis. We did experience some issues with retaining volunteers and are considering a new approach to develop more consistence for our young people. The Auchengillan trip was enjoyed by everyone who took part and was very well attended.
Carers reported that they enjoyed seeing the progress they're young people had made after completing the planned sessions. Some carers used the opportunity to go for a coffee with each other which has proved to help reduce levels of isolation commonly reported as an issue many of members face before becoming involved with the project.
Carers also reported how much they enjoyed the awards ceremony last year and are all very much looking forward to this years on the 4th of November.
We had hoped to use our crops in our cooking classes but due to accommodation difficulties we haven’t even able to run the cooking classes.