October 2014 Branch News
The weather may have turned colder, but that hasn’t stopped us from having a whole lot of fun! It’s been a busy month for us with trip up to Pitlochry and all the way down to Windsor! Check out what we have been up to this past month.
This month our teens and their families have enjoyed an amazing trip to The Enchanted Forest. Everyone travelled up to Pitlochry by bus to enjoy a stroll around the village and some dinner before heading into Faskally wood for the light, sound & special effects spectacular. As darkness fell the forest came alive with breathtaking lighting effects, music and performances depicting the elements. It was an amazing experience and well worth the trip. In preparation for Halloween we have also been creating lifesize zombie hands and creepy spiders to add a spooky touch to Halloween decorating. There are lots more exciting activities planned for the coming months, anyone P7 + can apply to join our teen group, just contact the branch for more info.
ADULT COFFEE CLUB
Our adult coffee group has continued to meet up every Thursday night to enjoy a relaxing coffee and some interesting conversation.
Our new ASD adult Relaxation class has continued this month and has been leaving participants very chilled out after learning self hand massage techniques and calming breathing exercises. This class is a pilot project for 5 fortnightly sessions and if successful will continue after that. Those joining us can enjoy taster sessions of Aromatherapy, Breathing exercises’, crystal and colour therapies. If you are interested in joining us please get in touch with the branch.
SUPPORT DROP IN SESSIONS
Support and information along with comfy surrounding, friendly company and a cuppa have been on hand as usual at our weekly drop in support sessions. These are on every Wednesday from 10am till 12 noon, 1st Floor of Atholl House, Churchill ave. No need to book just turn up, there is always someone available to talk through any issues you may be having or point you in the right direction for the help you need.
Once a month we also host speakers who come along to talk on various Autism & caring related subjects. On 5th November, the guest speaker at our drop in session will be from Self Directed Support. Free Buffet Lunch included. To find out more and to secure a place, please get in touch either with ourselves on firstname.lastname@example.org or with Self Directed Support on email@example.com or 07503 246 288Next month our speaker is presenting a talk on Self directed support.
LEGOLAND TRIP OF A LIFETIME
The October school holidays were one to remember this year for some of our lucky families as they headed to Legoland Windsor for a specially planned 2 night mini break. Our trip was made possible due to the generous contribution of tickets from Merlin’s Magic Wand, a charity set up to give children with disabilities the chance to visit Merlin attractions for free.
Branch Officer Linda Morrow explains that ‘’a lot of Autistic children really enjoy Lego and going to Legoland is a dream come true for them. However many families with autistic children don’t feel they can manage trips away due to the challenges and difficulties their children face on a daily basis. This trip enabled them to take part in a structured supported mini break, where they knew support was on hand should they need it. It has taken a year of planning, hard work and fundraising to pull this off, but it was all so very worth it to see so many smiling happy faces and to witness new friendships being born amongst both children and parents alike.’’
It was a long journey for the 55 kids, and parents, but was made more comfortable thanks to the comfortable coach provided by Parks of Hamilton at a greatly reduced price. We had also created special goody bags for the kids filled with Lego themed treats and toys to help pass the time on the journey.
We were so impressed by all the kids we took along, they tried so hard and coped extremely well, taking part in activities, rides and group meals, Their social skills got a real boost from all the interaction and new experiences. They were all total stars and deserved every minute of this great experience. Our only regret is that we couldn’t take more families along, we would have loved to have been able to provide places for everyone who applied but with well over 100 applications this was just not possible.
Trips such as this one are only possible through the hard work and dedication of our small team of fundraisers and volunteers. The volunteers who came on this trip worked very hard but also had a great time, we are always looking for new recruits and if anyone is interested in getting involved they can do so by contacting the branch on tel : 07917 072 587 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org