Quarriers aided 4 Moray activity providers to widen the range of short breaks and develop services for an array of additional support needs. Carers and their Cared-for took part in the pilot, with other creative break options including trips, tickets and equipment through Time to Live funding.
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.
Cornerstone’s Big Kids Club has provided 5 weeks of holiday playscheme throughout the last 7 months, divided into 1 week in the Easter holidays, 3 weeks in the summer holidays and 1 week in the October holidays. During these sessions the teenagers have enjoyed many activities such as go- karting, cinema, swimming, Alford motor museum, the beach, Duffus castle, grass sledging, the Falconry Centre, woodland walks, exotic animals and art therapy sessions. This has resulted in quality respite for families and carers due to the fun and engaging activities provided.
The project has delivered 61 one to one sessions for 27 young people aged12-20 years and provided respite to 50 carers .The coordinator has carried out 27 detailed assessments of needs for 27 young people and 50 assessment of needs for 50 carers.
Young people have been supported by staff to plan and access activities e.g. attending local youth clubs, meet friends for cinema and bowling trips, participate in community events, visits to the science centre,art gallery , shopping , sports etc.
Carers have been able to access gyms, visit relatives, pursue hobbies, relax and have time to themselves.
Seven exclusive-use play sessions have been held for 47 children with disabilities and additional support needs over the past 8 months. These have included soft play (Playbarn), swimming, crafts and a nature walk, and cinema. For many children, this was the first time they had been able to experience these activities.
With support from Quarriers staff, 64 Carers have received both peer and professional support. They have also enjoyed pampering sessions and received training in first aid.
A number of families have been assisted each month to access local mainstream facilities, including the Playbarn and a local parents group.
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.