A story by The Saturday Cafe Clubs (SCIO)
Ozzy’s One-Ups encourages and supports disabled young adults to engage in a programme of activities to develop long-term habits to improve their physical and emotional well-being and to transition to other clubs and leisure activities.
What Ozzy's One-Ups did
Ozzy's One-Ups are now in our 3rd year filling the gap in leisure activities of choice for disabled adults. The project supports young adults in the transition phase from youth club to more adult focused leisure and recreation services. The project is led by our cared for adults and supported by care staff. Ozzy's One-Ups provides short-breaks from care for the care providers of our service users enabling them to participate in their choice of activities.
Ozzy's One-Ups runs every Tuesday evening from our venue at Cathcart Old Parish Community Halls providing outings and events organised and supported by our User Advisory Group. Our members enjoyed a wide range of sport and physical activities and in feed-back our young adults report they feel more confident, have improved self-esteem and their level of participation in new and challenging activities has increased.
As with past years the project success has to be attributed to the young people themselves and the Advisory Group (carers and cared for). The Advisory Group continued to host events for current and past members of the project and have supported members to be involved in other outings.
The success of the project can often be attributed to the number of young people who leave the project - positive destinations for this year have included joining a gymnastics club, 2 club members moved out of the area to supported accommodation and have sourced new leisure time activities - this makes space for new members to join the Club, transitioning from our youth club.
The project continues to enable us to create an extended pathway and transitional period for all young people at club and importantly ensuring carers are supported at that very difficult transition phase from been a young person to adulthood recreational and leisure activities.
What The Saturday Cafe Clubs (SCIO) has learned
It is key to the project that it is delivered in a self-led approach. our advisory group and the service users continue to be key to the success of the project. we continue to be flexible trying out new activities and adapting these to suit the needs of the members. it continues to be vital that we support both the cared for and carer to explore other leisure options and try out new activities in new spaces. our advisory group continue to support additional outings via their own fundraising activities.
We continue to learn by working closely with our current partnership groups and reaching out to form new partnerships. in 2019 we have begun to explore the prospect of working with a partner to deliver a day-time service (Wednesday cafe) which we hope to launch in 2020.
We have also explored new activities with and for this group and in 2019 we were delighted to support 3 of our members to volunteer at the Glasgow Kiltwalk. this was an amazing opportunity for our members none of whom had ever volunteered before. it was also a great revelation to carers that their cared for person could participate fully in this type of activity.
How The Saturday Cafe Clubs (SCIO) has benefitted from the funding
Funding for this club has meant continuity for some service users and widened the availability to short-breaks for others. we truly believe that this funding and the funder has strengthened the reputation of not only Ozzy's one-ups but of the wider organisation (The Saturday Cafe Clubs). We hope to secure funding for 2021 (early discussions have taken place) to extend our service offering to include a day-time service as the carers we work with are concerned about the lack of meaningful day-time leisure opportunities available to their cared for person. we hope that by having creative funds monies in place that an additional funder will come on board to support this.
60 carers of adults with disabilities aged 20 years plus will have improved access to peer support and social activities to assist them to share achievements, discuss challenges and meet new friends/peers.
For the 2nd year the project exceeded the planned outcome with 34 cared for adults and 62 carers having improved access to peer support and social activities.
C is the single parent of k, a young women aged 22 yrs. C is the chair of our advisory group. K had attended our youth club prior to transitioning to one-ups. K had been unwilling to participate in any activities out with the youth club. it took some time to assist k to transition to one-ups, but her carer reports a marked improvement in k's social activities over this year. K is now meeting friends she has met at one-ups out with club time (although still with mum). K is enjoying having new friends and her mum is reporting that meeting another parent and their cared for child out with club is also a benefit for her. k is very reliant on continuity and change can be extremely distressing for her, raising her anxiety levels. K's carer report that she is confident the next step is that K can socialise in other settings out with Ozzy's One-ups allowing her more free time from her role as carer which in turn is lessening her anxiety and improving her well-being
30 adults with disabilities aged 20 years plus and 60 carers of the group will have participated in a range of activities to improve their physical and emotional well-being, attaining a minimum of 3 personal activity participation goals.
We can report that we have exceeded the numbers to 62 carers. although not specifically mentioned in our outcomes we are also delighted to report that we have enabled 27 siblings of the cared for person to participate in other activities of their choice. all carers have had access to the 3 hours club time with 52 of our carers having had additional free time when their cared for person was engaged in additional activities offered by our advisory group
AC is the parent carer of AJ who is a young autistic women. AJ is going through a very stressful period which has resulted in selective mutism. AC reports that the current situation has been more isolating for both of them. AJ will not go to any of her day-time support services and this is placing a higher burden on the extended family to provide care. this is not a short-term problem and AC recognises that it is vital that her daughter is able to mix socially in other settings. AC reports that AJ has no anxiety about attending one-ups and is grateful that whilst at club she can choose to participate in activities of choice and not place the burden of care on other family members and support AJ's sibling in their choice of activities. ac is also delighted that AJ has been willing to participate in the additional disco's etc run by the advisory group. ac has also enjoyed being involved in the delivery of advisory group extra activities.
60 carers of adults with disabilities aged 20 years plus will have a minimum of 3 hours additional short break time free from their role of carer.
We can report that we exceeded the numbers of carers we supported from 60 to 62 - this was the number of direct carers and does not include the support provided to sibling carers and extended family / friends care providers. carers continue to support the activities organised out with club time by the advisory group
C is a member of our board and mother of R a 20+ year old disabled young woman. R has had additional health related challenges over the last year or so resulting in seizures. C was extremely concerned about r's continued opportunities to engage in social activities with her friends whilst she herself and her family could continue to be supported by short-breaks from their caring role. On reviewing R's care plan at club and fully understanding her health and individual care needs one-ups have been able to continue to support R at club which in turn has meant that C and her extended family have continued access to short-breaks. C reports that this support has enabled her to re-energise and participate in activities of her choosing like spending time with her grandchildren and other family members.