Water Sport Project
A story by Partners In Play
We provided sailing, outdoor activity sessions & overnight stays, during the school holiday periods for children with multiple disabilities, who live within the North Lanarkshire Area.
The activities took place in conjunction with Castle Semple, Water Sports Club at Lochwinnoch. This type of opportunity allows young people to achieve a sense of fun & confidence whilst their family get a rest.
What Water Sport Project did
We have retained and trained up a senior member of staff to lead these sessions and work directly with the parent/carers to achieve their goals for themselves and their child. We advertised through our existing list of families who access our other services, as well as recruiting any new families via our referral system.
We kept them up to date via text messages and our closed Facebook page. 13 day sessions and 1 overnight expedition, that included 2 day sessions were provided for 57 young people. Sessions involved sailing, cycling, woodland activities. Parents did various things with there time such as: time to their self, do nothing & relax, time with their other children, time with their partners - going out for a meal together, the cinema together, away for the night, peace to talk to each other. All of them said the break met their needs and all had an improved sense of well -being from it.
What Partners In Play has learned
We have learned to build better relationships with outside organisations in order to support children and families we work with - combined effort creates better outcomes.
We need to talk more to parent / carers about their respite opportunities.
Word of mouth and success of this project has attracted new carers because we've been able to create visual footage that can be shared to promote our work better.