The Cafe Holiday Club
A story by The Saturday Cafe
We have worked on 2 key themes over the Summer/October breaks: Environmentally Responsible and Health/Well Being. The project delivered free play, dance, drama and sports activities culminating in a sports event and leading to the delivery of our talent show Lion King which will be performed in December 2013.
We delivered 245 hours of holiday clubs. We exceeded our planned attendance of 70 attendances each week and had an average attendance of 85 attendances each week (25 attendances per day). This resulted in an average 54 carers benefitting from short break from care exceeding our plan of 50 beneficiaries.
• Improving the child/young persons access to recreation through choice/opportunity
• Developing confidence and self esteem
• Encouraging independence and promotes interdependence
• Engaging children/young people in shaping the future of the project
We aim is to provide respite to the families and care groups of the children/young people to enable families/care providers to engage in activities with confidence that their child /young person is in a positive, safe and fun environment.
Tip 1:Planning is everything - preparation is more! Meet with your service users, staff and other stakeholders to develop your plan, allow time to prepare for the service delivery checking all details are accurate and involve and communicate the agreed approach.
Tip 2:Management support - ensure that you have support from the top of your organisation.
Tip 3:Workforce planning - ensure that you have the right people in the right place at the right time doing the right thing...................
Case study 2: J is a young girl with multiple complex disabilities. J's mother told us, "The club is perfect for J and our family. J would not have the opportunity to join in so many different activities. I never knew that J would do so much and it is great to see and hear that J wastes no time getting stuck in everyday and she just thought that the club was great". J's mum also said, It makes a difference at home too. On the days that J attends the club she is full of things to talk about at home and is often pleasantly tired and more ready for a settled evening with us".
Case Study 2: S is a very outgoing young boy. He has lots of energy and confidence, but often finds it difficult to express himself and this creates frustration and results in considerable behavioural challenges. S has also been diagnosed with autism. S's carer says, "It is a great place to bring S and it gave him the opportunity to socialise and to keep him busy over what can feel like very long school holiday periods. It is hard to find things to do over these times with S, a simple day shopping or a trip to the pictures is often just not possible so my other kids can often miss out on these things. S needs continuity and this club helps me do this. It also ensures that I have time to do the other things that most people take for granted and I have now also met other mum's in the same position".
Case Study 2: F attended the Cafe Holiday Club in 2012. His parents told us he was so looking forward to going again this year and so were they! F's parents said, "F enjoyed the club so much last year that it was easy settling him again this year. He was so looking forward to playing lots of football, but as usual he did so much more as the staff are always encouraging the children to get involved in new activities. F now has a passion for Boccia and I now know what that is. This has also opened up an opportunity to be involved in a game that all the family can play and a simple activity which gave us lots of family fun over the summer". F's parent also said that her other children attend a summer holiday club on different days from F giving them time at home free from support and care of F.
A good example over the holidays period are our outings to Linn Park Adventure Playground - no activity withheld, lots of fun and lots of excitement doing things they don't normally get the opportunity to do - climbing frames, swings, sand-pits (all accessible)……In club time it's dancing and drama - performing on stage takes all of our children and young people out of their comfort zone, but it develops skills and confidence and self-esteem.
This year we also set and agreed goals with each child and their parent/carer (when appropriate) to ensure that we continued to offer the scope of provision in relation to the child/young persons individual need. We also continued to shape the offering of the service provided in relation to the number of hours and sessions provided and the needs of each child and care provider.
We met with parents, children and young people to engage them in the planning of the programme of activities and to set and agree individual goals with/for their child/young person. All activities were discussed and the range of programmes agreed were developed to ensure participation was possible across the complex and diverse needs of all our service users. We also had lots of input from our Saturday Café & Associated Clubs staff and volunteers to ensure that we could enrich and challenge our users throughout the school breaks by identifying ‘best used’ games; favourites; and (as previously discussed) challenging activities for individual children and young people.
For our children and young people the Cafe Holiday Club offered the opportunity to develop friendships over the long school breaks and for our older young people they just loved the opportunity to be away from the parental environment and to engage in activities in a more youth club setting. Freely chosen activities and engaging in the planning process gave these young people a level of responsibility which was fun, but challenging and they just loved it.
On a more positive note recruitment was a much improved process this time with many staff from the term time service provision being recruited to the project. Another benefit was the improved 1-1 meetings with service users and the flexibility of sessions of delivery which were very well received.
We also give parents / carers, our children and young people the opportunity to ‘tell us’ what they think whenever they want. This is done through our newsletter and other communications. We look for feedback on what went well and where we can improve and any new ideas for the future. Our service users are also given an evaluation form at the end of the programme to give us their feedback on where / when it went well and where / when we can improve.
And finally, we have our service users, parents / carers and committee meetings where we discuss all the feedback received and we decide our future actions.