Inclusive Family Fun & Learning Programme
A story by Feel Fantastic Fridays Parent Carer Group
The Feel Fantastic Fridays Parent Carer Group provided 5 group outings throughout the year for families with a child or young person with Additional Support Needs.
The group meet on a weekly basis for 2 hours, and is facilitated by CLD to take part in a variety of informal learning courses. Our group is open to parents and carers of children with additional support needs who attend school in the Motherwell Locality both Additional Support Needs provision and mainstream.
What Inclusive Family Fun & Learning Programme did
The first outing was to Blair Drummond Safari Park. As well as paying the entry fee for each participants, we provided free transport, entry to the Sea-lion show and lunch/snacks. Recruitment for this trip came from within the current group membership.
The second outing was to the Five Sisters Zoo. On this occasion we recruited via the 4 Additional Support Needs schools in the Motherwell area. Demand was such that we ran 3 buses. The 37 families who took part (144 participants) were provided with free transport, entry to the zoo, pet handling session and lunch.
The third outing was to the Christmas Pantomime at the Civic Centre, Motherwell. Recruitment for this outing came from within the group. Participants enjoyed free travel, entry and monies for lunch/snack.
Our fourth outing was to Glasgow Science Centre, again recruitment was from within the group membership. Transport, entry to the centre, the planetarium show and monies for lunch/snack were provided for all participants.
The final outing was to the cinema. All participants received free entry and monies for lunch/snack.
They advised that after meeting with each others families through the 5 outings that they felt confident enough to start this up. The youth club will open it's doors to the 106 children who attend the school in August this year.