DASH Club Seniors
A story by The DASH Club
We provided regular weekly support for young adults with complex disabilities living in Glasgow, allowing them to access social spaces and to socialise.
By doing so we enhanced the young adults’ independence, provided additional breaks to careers and raised awareness about disability in general public.
What DASH Club Seniors did
We used our 2 existing staff providing them with extra hours for this program and recruited 8 new staff. All staff involved received additional Vulnerable Adult Protection Training and for all staff we carried out an additional PVG check enabling them to work with this a category of young people (18 +) vulnerable adults. In total 10 staff worked on this program in the last year, 2 Senior Program Officers (SPOs) and 8 Support Staff.
Overall we provided our service to 8 young adults within the period of the funding with 5 young adults forming a core group in the second half of the 5 months when the project was running. We provided 20 regular sessions (Tuesdays) for this group (end of October – end of March) for each session lasted 3 hours (7 pm – 10 pm). We therefore provided 174 breaks for 8 young adults.
We advertised widely through our network of partners and through our contacts within three schools for disabled children. We also directly approached parents of children that no longer attended our regular 11-18 years club. We provided support of the young people in 58 instances (on average 3 young adults per week attended) with 257 hours of work (79 instances @3h/worker) out of which 80 hours (20 instances) were for senior program officers and 177 hours (59 instances) were for support staff. That shows that each disabled individual was accompanied by a support worker at all times.
7 Carers received regular breaks mostly in the second half of the program when the core group of young people was formed (196 hours) and 4 carers received irregular or short term breaks (98 hours) throughout the program; overall 294 breaks for 11 carers.
The young adults visited a theatre show, various restaurants and pubs, Christmas Market and Merchant City German Market and their favourite place was regular visits to 10 pin bowling in a central bowling club in Glasgow. The carers spent their time with their other children, visiting family members and friends, going to gym and doing their hobbies such as reading, gardening and cycling.
Attending these sessions gave his Gran extra respite to relax at home and on a few occasions it allowed her to go to bingo and enjoy a session with her friends in the evening. She felt more relaxed and energised and as a result she felt that she can spend more energy with LM who on the other side was less bored because he also had fun with his friends at our sessions.