A story by ENABLE Scotland
The Adventure Network provides an accessible and exciting friendship network to enable children and young people with learning disabilities in East and North Ayrshire to come together and meet children/young people with similar interests to have adventures and regular events in a safe, friendly and supportive atmosphere.
What Adventure Network did
We recruited the project coordinator and sessional staff for the Adventure Network. We promoted the Adventure Network in a number of ways including inviting families to attend Family Fun Days to get information about the project and school bag drops. We consulted with Social Work and local schools to determine the children and young people who would most benefit from the Adventure Network.
We delivered sessions 4 days per week. Some young people were collected from school and supported to take part in activities including skiing, bowling , drama, arts and crafts. Other young people were supported to take part in an after school club and engaged in badminton and drama activities. Families with younger children were offered one to one support to go to the park, the beach or soft play.
While the children and young people were engaged in these supported activities, families / carers told us they had the opportunity to spend time with their other children, go shopping , go out for a coffee, have a nap or cook a meal uninterrupted.
What ENABLE Scotland has learned
The Better Breaks Fund has enabled us to help children, young people with learning disabilities and their families who have no support from any care providers. We would not have been able to provide the Adventure Network activities without the support of the Better Breaks funding. We have taken the time to get to know the families and to listen to them about what would work best for them and their children.
We have further established excellent working relationships with the local schools and social work through the Adventure Network. Through these relationships, we have been given further referrals for other children and families who will benefit from being part of the project.