The Voucher Scheme enabled families to access activities such as swimming, dancing, out for something to eat visits to the animal farms, sensory rooms within the Renfrewshire area an outwith.
The Scheme has so far delivered 1472 hours of respite to 22 families, 38 adult carers, 19 young Carers and 26 young people with multiple complex needs. Families have accessed personalised tailor made respite through redemption of Care Vouchers to Care companies.
Part A – Out of School Project Up to Oct 2013
• 9 weekends of 11 hours support for one young person
• 3, 3 hour sessions, supporting 3 young people for 1 week of Easter holidays
•18, 3 hour sessions, supporting 3 young people for 6 weeks of the summer holidays
•3, 3 hour sessions, supporting 3 young people for 1 week of October holidays
Aberlour Summer Playscheme 2013 Under 8 yr olds
Total days = 15 days / 8 hrs per day / 15 children per day
Days received 5 children received 15 days 4 children received 14 days 3 children received 12 days 2 children received 10 days 1 child received 9 days 1 child received 7 days 3 children received 5 days 1 child received Available: 225 places Used : 221 % used : 98.2%
The Club was a success, partners working together, ensured the service achieved being Purposeful, Meaningful and Safe.
We ran the summer club for 5 weeks. Alternated 2 days one week and 3 days the following week. Each child receiving 12 days over the period. Every child had the opportunity of fulfilling their individual dream day. The last day was our Family Funday which included an awards ceremony.
Summary of Excursions: (swimming pool, Dean Castle, speedboats, All Abilities Bikes, Horse Riding, softplay, Local Play parks, ferry trip to Millport)
Ball pond, Bouncy Castle, Inflatable obstacle course, Zoo Lab, Storyteller, Drake Music.
We have set up an accessible Youth Group that runs for 5 hours every fortnight for 12 children and young people from rural areas within Clydesdale. This group has become extremely important to 7 children on the Autism Spectum who were having real struggles accessing or enjoying other local clubs and groups. This has meant a shift in focus towards providing intensive 2:1 support for these kids as it was felt that the benefit of providing this kind of support for children so often excluded from other play activities would be transformational for their families.
Our Youth Group provides such a positive, confident and intensive approach to interacting and connecting with children whose behaviour has often been deemed ‘too challenging’ that parents can then actually experience the benefits of regular pleasant breaks as opposed to irregular stressful ones where they are so worried that their child may be self-harming, hurting others or feeling left out that they get no meaningful break at all.
We are also providing intensive outreach in their own homes to 2 children whose difficulties have thus far stopped them from feeling able to leave the house without their parents and from having a social life outside of family life. Our outreach workers have built very good relationships with these children and are progressing towards accompanying them to local clubs.
What might seem like very small steps – feeling comfortable enough to sit calmly and chat to a worker or play a card game with them- are huge developments for these children and have taken intensive and careful rapport building by outreach staff. Progress is built on at every outreach session and leaves parents with a the realistic expectation that their children will soon be able to leave the house with the worker and attend a local club or other play setting.
The Chavey Chill Out has taken place largely as planned, taking into account the individual needs of carers and the children/young people. Due to high demand, a greater number of families have benefitted– 35 rather than 30.
The Chill Out has facilitated fun, stimulating activities for small groups of children/young people, based on their interests, abilities and any pre-existing friendships. Meals have promoted healthy eating, and outdoor play was popular during the warmer months.
Transport from school and then home from Chavey Down has been provided. This has ensured carers have had extended, meaningful mid-week breaks as planned.
The Dance and Movement Group (DMG) commenced in September 2013 after an essential planning and preparation period. The project has, so far, delivered 11 x 2-hour dance and movement therapy sessions to a group of 6 children with additional support needs and disabilities, alongside 11 x 2-hour short breaks for 12 carers, within the Nairnshire area.
Working with a Registered Dance and Movement Psychotherapist to provide a service that otherwise would not exist for the client group, the DMG has enabled the development of a strong partnership between Bodysurf Scotland and the Highland Council, alongside the training of young volunteers (working in partnership with HighLife Highland) and a core staffing team.
The Project delivered on the principal aim of respite to attendees and to stay-at-home Carers and family through the planned Short Break in Yorkshire.
Group activities included a number of outdoor games and activities, including climbing frames and team events.
The living and sharing experience of a group residential break was managed to ensure a balanced mix of people grouped within the 6 cottages most likely to ‘get along’ and help and share with each other.
Managed tasks such as cooking, cleaning, shopping were organized in such a way that some interdependence was required by the groups in completing tasks.
We delivered weekly/monthly support groups for BME families. Due to a high number of children diagnosed with ADHD, we established an additional Support Group for these parents.
We organised therapy and pamper sessions like laughter yoga, hand massage and reiki. We helped clients attend the Carer’s Conference, Healthy Living event, Ceilidhs, Info Days, cooking, computer classes, food hygiene training’s, picnics and PIP for Carers.
We provided befriending (via telephone and one-to-one). Three day trips were delivered to St Andrews, Broughty Ferry and National Museum in Edinburgh. Significant time was spent helping families with applying for funds, benefits, housing and to access other services.
We set up two local cycling hubs in each of the geographic areas at the venues identified following consultation with parents/carers,providers and young people, the third is progressing as planned.
We arranged school visits linking into the local cycling hub, targeting specific schools. We organised weekly after school cycling sessions, for example 24 weekly sessions have been organised as Open bike nights at the Fife hub and a 16 weekly programme at the Edinburgh hub. Organised 10 cycle out days and events engaging 260 young people.
Trained one Blazing Saddles’ volunteer as a professional Bike Mechanic (Velotech Gold Award) thus providing a full service and repair check of the bikes. Provided recognised Cycling Scotland Bike Leader Training but adapted the course to focus on leading disabled children on adapted bikes.
We worked with Scottish Disability Sport, Scottish Cycling and Cycling Scotland to identify and map mainstream cycling clubs who support cycling for disabled people.
Services and activities have been as planned. There have been 24 1:1 links and 55 in groups. These have involved 45 children aged 8-15 and 33 aged 16-20 1:1 links meet weekly, fortnightly or monthly for a variety of community activities such as playing football in the park and swimming.
There are ten befriending groups meeting fortnightly. There are more volunteers than service users, making groups as much like mainstream youth groups as possible.
Group activities have been varied, for example Jewellery making and Halloween nights, a film project, cookery evenings, drama workshops, a talent show, and Health Awareness sessions.