Crossroads Caring Scotland East Banff & Buchan Breaks
A story by Crossroads Caring Scotland East Banff & Buchan
On the 19th June we took a group of children and young people on a trip to Aberdeen to see CATS the musical and enjoy a pre theatre meal in a nearby restaurant. Which, opened up new life skills for some and extended their circle of friends.
On the 23rd July we took a group of children and young people to the circus. this outing enhanced their social development, as well as their development of knowledge and understanding, again opening up new experiences to many of the group as this had been their first time attending a circus.
3rd December the older group were given the opportunity to socialise with peers for a Christmas lunch and dance which enhanced their confidence and self esteem and giving them the chance to express their feelings through music and dance which helps with their physical development also.
22nd December a young group of children went on a trip to Aberdeen to see Disney on Ice and have lunch with their friends, this helped form positive relationships and promote independence and helps them to over come tasks like detachment issues.
Short break club every fortnight for group of young people to socialise interact with friends in a safe secure environment.
Overnight stay In Aberdeen for a social event helped with detachment issues, social skills every day living skills.
Carers will benefit from not only having a break themselves but also by experiencing opportunities in supporting their child or young person to consider life outside the home. Whilst supporting adult and young carers we will provide a range of opportunities for children and young people to participate in a range of different forms of breaks and the flexibility of choice.
Tip 1:• Record and document everything accurately
Tip 2:• Risk assess and plan every activity well in advance
Tip 3:• Enjoy the achievement and pleasure in providing such a valuable service.
On return home parents were delighted and impressed that W had settled so well and was so happy and bubbly. When his parents asked if he had enjoyed himself and would he go away again he replied “ oh aye “ oh aye” and became excited. W also formed a friendship on the trip with another boy and they became inseperable throughout the trip
Tuesday evening club allows young teens to socialise and participate in various activities with peers of same age and disabilities without feeling isolated and judged.
M who is a wheelchair user quoted “ Tuesday nights are the best when there’s clubs on I get out of the house.
Quotes from parents / carers :-
• Was strange not having W in the house, but was fine to enjoy some relaxation time to myself.
• Was brilliant went to cinema with my husband first time in years.
• Spending quality time with other children.
Children and young people learn problem solving in planning activities, i.e bus times, taxis , distance to apartments, social skills eating out in public with peers choosing from menus, what cutlery to use , as well as acceptable behaviour.
E.g.Trip to Aladdin on ice for group of 5 year olds with various disabilities proved to be more beneficial for the children and their families as it helped with detachment issues, providing choices, promoting independence, learning to share and socialise.
We are now back on track with various trips and overnight stays in place for February and March which again the parents/ carers are delighted about as they said they find this time of year a struggle due to poor weather and feelings of depression after the festive period.
All have learning disabilities, other conditions cerebal palsy, Autism, Mytonic Dystrophy, Muscular Dystrophy, Mobility, Specialised PEG feeding, Angelmans Syndrom, Mobus Syndrom, Global Development Delay
We plan to complete an evaluation at the end of the year with parents & staff feedback, this will provide documented evidence for this fund.