We provided opportunities for families caring for a child with additional needs living in Tayside to enjoy activities together with other families or for parents together.
Activities included picnics, farm visits, zoo, dance classes, Christmas shopping trips, pantomimes, meals, party night and Santa.
The Yard provided three youth clubs for disabled teenagers to have fun, be independent and aid them in the transition to adulthood. Through these clubs, we also enabled carers to receive respite once a week for 2.5 hours 48 weeks of the year.
We provided two breaks for children with cancer and leukaemia and their families, one to Haggerston Castle Family Caravan Park and another to Hilton Coylumbridge near Aviemore.
This allowed them to relax and have fun as a family, but also to meet others in the same situation as them.
We provided sailing experience over half day/day/weekends . These were on dinghies/powerboats/modified sailing & motor yacht for young people affected by disability.
These experiences took place on the Clyde or at Castle Semple RYA Sailability Centre of Excellence.
We ran a pilot programme which delivered these activities in Falkirk, 57 Play and Chat Sessions, 49 Play and Youth Activities, 23 Opportunity PLUS Sessions, 11 1:1 Sessions and 3 Family Events.
We delivered the Cafe Holiday Club 5-days per week (9 week school holidays) 2-weeks Spring, 6-weeks Summer, 1-week October. We aimed to offer disabled children and young people FUN, exciting and challenging activities, supporting and extending development through Free Play, Crafts, Dance, Drama & Sport.
We provided monthly youth groups for young people with a learning disability, the group were offered a programme of trips including, Dynamic Earth, Scottish Parliament, Stirling Castle, Linlithgow Canal, Scottish Rugby at Murrayfield, Transport Museum, Calendar House Estate and Muiravonside Country Park.
In addition to this we offered two activity camps a year at outdoor education centres in Aviemore and Edinburgh were young people took part in a range of adventurous outdoor activities .
We provided a flexible respite service tailored to meet the individual needs of each child and their family. Weekly 1:1 sessions, delivered both in the family home and out in the local community, were arranged and provided at a time which benefited the whole family.
We provided fun weekly activities for 11-21 year old children and young people with Epilepsy and additional support needs and 2 residential weekend breaks. Allowing carers additional support so that they could have a break.
We offered 1-1 respite for children and young people aged under 21 years with disabilities and their families
Families were allocated hours with a specialist carer to use at times that suited them allowing the child or young person to engage in activities they enjoy and the families to pursue their own activities.