Ashcraig Former Pupils Club Summer Club
A story by Ashcraig Former Pupils Club
We held a very successful summer club in Glasgow over 10 days in July 2014 which benefitted 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 sport, drama and art projects.
What Ashcraig Former Pupils Club Summer Club did
Our summer camp was held in Croftcroighn School Glasgow over 10 days in July (10am to 3pm) for members of our organisation, all of whom have a physical disability/visual impairment. This would allow 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 liaised with sports coaches Urban Fox to deliver opportunities for our members who took part in activities such as football, hockey and curling. We were also able to access a hydrotherapy pool which members found relaxing and gave them freedom in water they don't experience elsewhere.
We held a well-received course in Drama run by Creative Electric where members worked with professional actors and volunteers, putting together some very entertaining short performances. Sessions like these helped some members with their confidence and learning how to work as part of a team.
Club members had asked for a dance instructor who provided some fun sessions allowing all members who took part, whether wheelchair-bound or not, to have fun, learn new skills and keep fit.
We brought in an organisation called Project Ability to deliver an Art Project working with a variety of materials including Papier Mache etc. 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 spent quality time with their other children, some met up with friends for shopping etc. Some caught up with jobs around the house. Comments were made that just being able to make their own plans day-by-day knowing that their cared-for person was in a safe environment was great. Most carers commented they felt less stressed.
She benefited from the luxury of a block of time which was confirmed in advance. This enabled her to plan activities without worrying that they would need to be cancelled due to lack of support. She spent some time painting and decorating which had been needed for a while. She also managed to get out walking and enjoy the fresh air.
What Ashcraig Former Pupils Club has learnedThe fund made it possible for this Summer Camp to go ahead.
We wanted to target as many carers of members of our club as possible through our Summer Camp in July 2014. unfortunately, due to the run-up to the Commonwealth Games, when some members who were volunteers had to attend training sessions, and the fact that a Scout Camp was held at the same time, the number of carers we had hoped to support was less than anticipated. Two members we had hoped would attend were unfortunately ill during the time the camp was held.
Some families felt the contribution we were asking them to pay per day was too high although we had given them a few months notice of costs. As a result some members did not attend for the full 10 days. Although the programme was well-received there were some requests from members for other activities such as basic cooking and more art work. Several members were very keen for the camp to run for longer than 2 weeks.