This Summer Centre 404 ran a successful and stimulating 4 week summer play scheme in Enfield for young people with Learning Disabilities. Our Scheme supported 10 young people aged 9 to 16 and included those with additional needs and challenging behaviours. Although we have previously run similar schemes in the borough, this represented our longest provision, supporting our highest numbers of young people.
We supported young people to work towards goals such as; developing their independence and essential life skills; building their confidence in accessing mainstream, inclusive activities; and supporting them to experience increased access to play, leisure, sporting and social activities. We also aimed to provide a service that supported parents to experience more ‘ordinary lives’, while feeling confident their child is safe and having their individual needs meet.
Sessions included healthy cooking, where the group learnt how to make haloumi wraps, vegetable tarts, healthy flap jacks, apple crumple and fruit smoothies. We arranged educational sessions using arts and crafts materials to learn about the ‘food pyramid’ and eating a healthy, balanced diet. The group focussed on money management, taking turns to run a small stall selling things to others in the group. We also took part in dance and yoga classes, played sports and games and watched a movie.
Of the 10 young people that attended positive feedback was given by all of them with 82% rating activities with a smiley face and 85% of their parents rating our service as having a positive impact on their child. Quotes from parents included;
“My Daughter really enjoyed all the activities you provided and being able to do them with others”
“(Staff) were kind and made it very fun!”
“I was really happy with Centre 404 staff and the service”
Feedback gained from families also highlighted their wish for Centre 404 to do more activities out in the community over the next holiday programme.
Feedback from previous holiday provision informed the planning for this summer with families and young people letting us know they wanted more activities based around independence and that families want their child to gain something from every session. We found that sessions need to be adaptable and fluid to meet the wide range of abilities and support needs present in the group. We also learnt that speaking with parents before and after the sessions was key to building relationships and getting good quality feedback.