Ashcraig Former Pupils Club Summer Club
A story by Ashcraig Former Pupils Club
We held a very successful summer club over 10 days in July 2016 which benefited carers of members of Ashcraig Former Pupils Club, an organisation which provides a safe social environment for young adults with physical/visual disabilities.
Members took part in a variety of activities such as art projects, sport and relaxation techniques.
What Ashcraig Former Pupils Club Summer Club did
Our summer club was held in Croftcroighn School Glasgow over 10 days in late June/early July (10am-3pm) for members of our organisation, all of whom have a physical disability/visual impairment. This allowed carers of our members to have some free time and make plans.
The camp was run on a day-to-day basis by highly qualified staff who have a lot of experience working with people with disabilities and do so regularly for our club. We worked with a number of recognised organisations in order to provide a varied programme of activities. We engaged the services of a Dance Instructor who provided fun sessions allowing members who took part, whether wheelchair-bound or not, to have fun, learn new skills and keep fit.
We liaised with Glasgow Disability Alliance to arrange for a massage therapist to come along and spend time with members giving head and neck massages and teaching generalised relaxation exercises. We obtained the services of sports coaches through Urban Fox to deliver opportunities to our members who took part in activities such as football, hockey and curling. We were especially pleased to have a visit from Angie Malone, Bronze medal winner in curling at the Sochi Olympics in 2014.
We brought in an organisation called Project Ability to deliver an Art Project working with a variety of materials. The finished results were fabulous. Members also had the opportunity just to catch up with one another and make new friends.
Carers were able to plan their own activities while their cared-for family members were being looked after. Some carers met up with friends, some spent time doing odd jobs around the house which they would not normally be able to have time to do. Some were able to spend quality time with their other children.
One commented that it was lovely to have some 'me time'. Many carers commented on feeling less stressed.
Carer C, who does not drive, was able to plan outings for himself whilst his son was being looked after and felt less stressed as a result.
What Ashcraig Former Pupils Club has learnedThe fund made it possible for our Summer Club to go ahead. We wanted to target as many carers of members of our club as possible through our summer camp in July 2016. We agreed a rate for subscriptions early on (around October/November 2015) and were pleased when 22 members showed an interest in coming along.
We had in place the option for all members to pay a small amount regularly in advance to allow as many as possible to budget for our camp. Several chose to do this with others opting to pay on a daily basis for the 2 weeks. Unfortunately only 16 members and their carers eventually benefited from our camp as 3 members were affected by illness and 3 members withdrew their names.