A story by Crossroads Orkney
In the school summer holidays we provided an opportunity for children, with additional needs, to attend a summer play scheme to meet up with their peers and have some fun. The scheme ran for three days a week for four week. The children were able to take part in various indoor activities as well as benefiting from outdoor pursuits. Families benefited from the respite break.
What Summer Playscheme did
We ran this year’s summer play scheme for children with additional needs in conjunction with the Local Authority who took the lead role and provided the two venues. The children were split into two groups, one located at a local primary school and the other at the secondary school. The scheme provided 11 days of planned activities over a four week period. The sessions were from 10am to 2:30pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
We had some returning staff from previous years with others being recruited through our website. The new staff went through the full recruitment process. There was a week of training for all staff members before the scheme commenced. There was an open day for parents and children to attend with an opportunity to meet the child’s key worker.
Transport was provided by Crossroads Orkney for a few children from remote areas ensuring their inclusion. The activities for the junior group consisted of Play Pod (shed full of junk), play park, art work, roller blading, bouncy castle, cinema, baking, flower arranging and a visit from the fire engine. The senior group took part in activities such as laser quest, face painting, baking, swimming, archery, climbing wall and canoeing.
By providing the summer play scheme we are enabling families to have some respite over the summer break, allowing parents some quality time with their other children or just some time to themselves. A full evaluation was undertaken at the end of the scheme with lots of positive feedback.