The Dance and Movement Group (DMG) commenced in September 2013 after an essential planning and preparation period. The project has, so far, delivered 11 x 2-hour dance and movement therapy sessions to a group of 6 children with additional support needs and disabilities, alongside 11 x 2-hour short breaks for 12 carers, within the Nairnshire area.
Working with a Registered Dance and Movement Psychotherapist to provide a service that otherwise would not exist for the client group, the DMG has enabled the development of a strong partnership between Bodysurf Scotland and the Highland Council, alongside the training of young volunteers (working in partnership with HighLife Highland) and a core staffing team.
West of Scotland Sailing adventure – In July 2013 10 blind and partially sighted CYP sailed from Oban aboard Alba Volunteer for a 5 day/4 night sailing adventure. Promoting Independence Summer Camp – Broomlee – This 5 day/4 night residential was attended by 15 YP aged 14-18. The focus was on independent living and transition.
It included workshops on developing confidence, assistive technology, cooking skills, independent travel, personal care, employability, preparation for post-16 transition, outdoor activities and loads of fun!
5 weekly Out of School Clubs :- These have been delivered at Knowetop Primary in North Lanarkshire; Uddingston Grammar School, South Lanarkshire; Aberdeen Visual Impairment Service, Aberdeen City; Darnley Primary School, Glasgow; Eyebeez Club, Hamilton. Each club is regularly attended by 10-15 children.
Family Fun Day (Borders) :- We had an Outdoor Adventure Activity Day for all the family on 2nd November 2013. Attended by 20 children and young people with 15 parents and 8 volunteers. The emphasis was on team building and confidence development. Despite torrential rain all the families had an excellent experience.
We have delivered high quality school holiday clubs to 61 young people with multiple support needs which they can attend independent of their parents/carers.
The young people have had the opportunity to undertake a wide range of activities including ice skating, fishing, martial arts, gaelic music, horse-riding, arts and crafts, etc. supported by a well trained highly motivated team of professional staff. Figures to date show that we have exceeded targets whilst keeping costs below budget.