Charlie House provides support to children and their families through our monthly Activities Club. Our Activities Club is all about having fun for the whole family, meeting others, making friends, trying new activities and doing things that the children and families love.
Our Activities Club horizons have stretched from having a coffee and a play session together to braving the big wide world. We have been ice-skating at The Lynx Ice Arena, bowling at the Beach Boulevard and trampolining at Aberdeen Sports Village. The families have gained confidence in trying new things, they have made great friendships within their peer groups and what’s really important – had some fun, together!
We plan to expand our Activities Club with the help of our Activities Coordinator and also look forward to being able to support more children too with the addition of new groups for siblings, young people and toddlers.
Activity Short Break
Charlie House provides support to children and their families with our annually organised Activity Short Break to Kielder Forest Park. During the October holidays for the past couple of years we have been very fortunate to have been able to organise a family short break with funding for this project being provided by Shared Care Scotland Better Breaks.
It is an amazing opportunity for families to have some quality time together and gain confidence by trying new activities and meeting other families in a similar situation.
We have had 3 Activity Short Breaks so far. In 2016 our activity break included
- 25 disabled children, 23 families, 20 siblings, 40 parent carers
- 293 activities over 879 hours including archery, sailing, king swing, orienteering, climbing wall, zip wire, canoeing, geocaching and lots more
- 10,062 hours of short break support was provided over 2 weeks in October
Some of the families that have attended the Activity Short Break had never contemplated that they would be able to go to an outdoor activity centre as a family and enjoy a short holiday, some of the families never go on holiday because one or more of their children has such complicated needs.
The feedback we have received has been amazing, with families feeling liberated that they can actually do things that everyone else can if the facilities are geared for all levels of ability and the staff are well trained. Short breaks like this empower the parent carers, siblings and children to feel more confident, feel less isolated and come away from the short break with new friends and having shared a lot of their experiences.
"Gives you confidence that you can achieve what initially seems impossible with the right support."
"You realise that you are not alone, that your experiences are echoed in other families lives also. Sharing your experiences with others that really understand and know how you feel makes you feel less isolated, makes you understand that your feelings are normal and that you are doing a great job in a very challenging situation."
If you would like more information about our Activities Club and/or Activity Short Break, please contact Elin