The Butterfly Club Summer Holiday Club
A story by The Butterfly Club
The Club was a success, partners working together, ensured the service achieved being Purposeful, Meaningful and Safe.
We ran the summer club for 5 weeks. Alternated 2 days one week and 3 days the following week. Each child receiving 12 days over the period. Every child had the opportunity of fulfilling their individual dream day. The last day was our Family Funday which included an awards ceremony.
Summary of Excursions: (swimming pool, Dean Castle, speedboats, All Abilities Bikes, Horse Riding, softplay, Local Play parks, ferry trip to Millport)
Ball pond, Bouncy Castle, Inflatable obstacle course, Zoo Lab, Storyteller, Drake Music.
This in turn will provide families, carers and siblings with much needed respite during the long summer holidays, offer children and youngsters the opportunity to socialise with their peers with the intention of reducing social isolation and rejection. Provide each child with an individual ‘Dream Day’
Tip 1:The formulation of a fundraising sub committee which meets independent of the main committee has been a major success in this last year. Designated people to apply for grants, coordinate gift aid and focus on generate publicity and funds from local businesses and events have all assisted the continued financial success of the club.
Tip 2:Clear governance for the group, with a strong committed committee, with relevant skills and shared goals
Tip 3:Seeking support from Local Authority or other a Third Sector organisation that help and support voluntary organisation/committees
One child had enjoyed horse riding but had had an injury and had not been riding for two years. His parents were anxious. It was arranged with two support staff went with him. The result was a very happy wee boy who now goes riding with his parent once a week!
Another child's DREAM DAY was the opportunity to ‘drive’ the Millport Ferry.
One carers felt that they were in a better frame of mind to look after their child by having that opportunity to have a break from caring for their child and a chance to put herself first for a change.
Another parent saying it gave them time to do normal day to day activities like shopping , housework , leisure time which having an autistic child at home can be a struggle.
The club is essential for both parents and children as we have seen from the feedback. It would be a struggle for both parents and children without this service.
Being involved in the school help as we are constantly taking to new parents at various activities organised by the school, parent council meetings, parent support groups and word of mouth.
Outside agencies will also pass information on to new parents.
We arranged a full week of training for all staff which included Epilepsy & rescue medication, administration of medication, child protection, health, safety & risk assessment, pediatric first aid, autism awareness, pro active approaches to challenging behaviour, gastrostomy awareness, health training (delivered by NHS).
Most of children are non-verbal and staff and parents communicated via a daily diary. Some of the children use the picture exchange and were able to communicate with staff and to express themselves, make choices and feel comfortable through knowing what was happening now and next.
Staff had team debriefings each day; these were used to reflect on that day’s event – highlighting its success and potential areas for improvements. They were also used to raise any concerns and to discuss any accidents or incidents.
The information and workshops are essential and a real asset to us when applying for funding. We thank you so much without Better Breaks our club wouldn't happen.