A story by Jack and Jill Support Group
Our Project this year was the over 21’s social evenings. Which took place between October 2020 and September 2021. We also had a Silent discos for the young people giving 6 hours respite to the carers.
What Creative Breaks did
The short breaks that we chose for this period were Over 21s social evenings with a view of attending the Garage and Greenfield social club alternate months. Through the year we contacted Share Care Scotland to request a variation to the project.
The period was still within Lockdown and restrictions and families were happy for us to have silent discos outdoors for our over 21s. This was approved. We carried out 10 silent disco. Purchased our own headsets too and had a meals out also.
What Jack and Jill Support Group has learned
Planning and budgeting of the over 21s programme was a difficult thing to forecast, as COVID changes, price increases etc. Also in 2020, the maximum unconstituted groups can receive is £5000, so we have had to adjust our number of events to fit in with budget.
COVID 19 restricting were still in place throughout some of our funding for the over 21s social nights, and its hard for groups who are
protection vulnerable families to keep up to date with the changes and families were frustrated. For example the night clubs were ready to open towards the end of our funding and most of the families felt it was unsafe to take the young people to a nightclub venue. We continued with the silent discos.
Developing new activities. We try to introduce new activities for our young adults and this year also we purchased blue tooth cordless karaoke mics that the young people enjoyed throughout the silent disco. This year the children really enjoyed the ZipZapZOP game that staff played with them.
How Jack and Jill Support Group has benefitted from the funding
Our organisation like every year that we receive the Better Break funding benefit hugely from the funding. We are funded fairly small amounts from several funders and Shared Care Scotland have given us the last 2 years for the Creative Breaks which is a difficult fund to receive. Thinking of the COVID restrictions. Many of our young adults didn't understand why their lives have been changed by COVID and their strict routines. The carers and those they care for have enjoyed the mutual benefit of the time away from each other and having fun with friends/other carers. This year there has been 3 new families reach the over 21 bracket. Which we welcomed.
Carers will have more opportunities to enjoy a life outside of their caring role. CARERS WILL HAVE HAD A RELAXING BREAK FROM THEIR CARING ROLE AND ENJOY RESPITE. AND THEY WILL BE ABLE TO MAKE PLANS ON A THURSDAY/FRIDAY EVENING AT targets-6/7 HOURS RESPITE MONTHLY
Outcome was achieved and carers had more opportunity to enjoy a life outside of their caring role. These were evaluated through case studies which are attached and capture the moments.
Mum A has 2 children/young adults with Additional support needs. As the Jack and Jill Support GRoup run the over 21s once a month. Mum A says that its a godsend to her. Mum A then has more time to spend with her other children. Young person 2 is the second with additional support needs the time away from young adult 1 who attends the silent discos gives mum quality time to spend with child 2 and child 3. After they have spent family time together. Mum A is able to relax in a long hot bath and indulge in her favourite pastime which is reading a book. This time away is very precious to Mum A. Adult 1 loves his time at the over 21s. This gives Adult A time to mix with other young adults and enjoy conversations with his peers away from his home life.
Carers will feel better supported to sustain their caring role. REGULAR EXPERIENCED STAFF FAMILIAR WITH THE YOUNG PEOPLE, WILL ATTEND THE SOCIAL EVENING. 6/7 HOURS RESPITE MONTHLY, targets measured by -SAMPLE CASE STUDIES AND CAPTURE THE MOMENT
Carers will feel better supported to sustain their caring role. Recorded by case studies and capture the moment forms.
Mum B is a single parent and as part of the Jack and Jill support group, the over 21s, have been a lifeline for her. This allows mum B to enjoy social life of her own that doesn't involve young adults. Mum said As we know every parent with a child or young adult with additional support needs. There life revolves round the child/young adult and it mainly is everything round their activities and plans. With Young adult B attending the over 21s social nights. This allows Mum B to participate in a social life of her own. This means Mum can plan ahead every month and enjoy the company of other adults and friends. Sometimes going to the cinema, booking a meal out or having some friends in the group round for coffee and a chat. Mum B said also this allows her to be an individual and just Young Adult B's mum.
Carers/people they care for will have improved wellbeing. CARERS WILL BE MORE RELAXED AND LESS STRESSED AND WILL BE HAPPY THAT THEIR YOUNG ADULTS WILL HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN A PROJECT THAT THEY LOVE AND SPENDING time targets - FREE TIME OPPORTUNITY FOR CARERS
Outcome 3 was carers and the people they care for will have improved wellbeing. This was captured by photos, group meeting with adults and young people separately.
Mum C lives on her own with one young adult and 1 young child. Mum C has no family or friends around her. Mum C is very anxious and nervous person and doesn't mix well with other adults. Since mum C has joined the Jack and Jill Support Group which was initially a telephone call. She has now formed a strong bond of trust with staff members and as knock on effect of this. Mum C has trusted staff to take young adult C along to the over 21s social evenings. Mum C has now met up with staff members for a coffee and a chat about how young adult C is enjoying there time at the over 21s social evenings. Mum C is not as isolated now and feels less alone with the small break at the social evenings this also gives her something to chat about and now Mum C can hold a conversation in turn this has given mum C a better quality of life.