I Remember That
A story by Action For Children
An outreach service, individualised to the young person’s needs which uses mainstream community places. A service which brings together both staff from disability specialised services and mainstream community ones to benefit both.
A project which develops resilience and learning for our young people with a learning disability. A project that leaves memories.
What I Remember That did
The project worked hard to deliver the following outcomes : Increased Awareness of Disability Friendly Leisure Opportunities, an opportunity to try new activities and discover new interests, unleash Potential.
Deliver more inclusive services and opportunities, provide the opportunity to experience "thrill" and the opportunity to conquer fear, develop new hobbies and interests for 24 young people with significant learning disabilities.
Extend the reach of respite by introducing new activities to families who don't use traditional residential respite.
We feel we delivered most of these outcomes successfully and also develop improved relationships with parents and carers. We noted the reaction from parents and carers to this alternative structure of respite and saw that it was extremely positive and allowed us to deliver to our mission of reducing the impact of disability.
We have improved our knowledge of available leisure experiences which will leave a legacy. We have increased parental confidence to access more leisure activities in the community following our lead. We feel we have encouraged all the young people we supported to feel more confident about themselves and to take the opportunity to raise his/her self-confidence.
We feel we have expanded the reach and scope of respite and delivered a sustainable model which encourages parents or carers to see respite as a range of supports rather than a one size fits all approach. This has been of great benefit to families who have previously not been involved in respite but who require some additional support. We targeted young people who were at more risk of social isolation with clear results.
What Action For Children has learned
Planning is key.
Time management is essential. Additional money is also a pre-requisite as you budget as best you can but usually get less awarded resulting in either a funding gap or a need to return to the proposal which impacts significantly on the first two items above.