Dundee Activity Club
A story by Cornerstone
We provided weekly activity and play sessions for children and young people with complex needs in the Dundee and Angus area, so their parents/carers could have a bit of respite from their caring responsibilities.
What Dundee Activity Club did
The Dundee Activity Club provided three club sessions per week. Two of the sessions were for younger children and the third was specifically for youths aged 13 - 18 years. The club was held in a variety of locations including a church hall, a community centre and community leisure facilities.
We’ve have a stable rota of qualified and experienced staff. In the past year we augmented staffing with an additional two volunteers who enhanced our capacity to support children with complex support needs. The club well-established in the Dundee area and enquiries come by word-of mouth.
What Cornerstone has learnedAt the start of the funding period Cornerstone was concerned that the service would need to shut down for a year as we because the premises we had been using was sold and we had been unable to secure a new location. We contacted Alison Stevenson to discuss the issues and we were able to come to an agreement as to how club would be delivered and special permission to use some funding for rent. The organisation was able to maintain the support for the children and their families/carers.
Using various premises for club resulted in more parents/families needing transport arranged for their children. Their needs continually evolved over the course of the year depending on where club was held and there was accessible public transport. The club prioritises child with complex needs as it is their carers who cannot access mainstream childcare options. We learned that we must enhance staffing ratios to meet the needs of the children and enlist the help of volunteers so that those carers can get the break they desperately need.