Games Room and Creative Club Project
To support ADHD and autistic young people to develop friendships in a safe, supported environment. Activities offered in the groups allow the natural development of social skills. The groups aim to reduce isolation and therefore support mental health/wellbeing.
January 2019 - December 2019
Charity information: Centre For ADHD & Autism Support
Young people with a diagnosis of ADHD or autism can face isolation as the social and sensory demands in society make accessing activities challenging. This limits opportunities to develop meaningful relationships and socialise. In addition they often experience bullying. Feeling different or like you don’t fit in impacts on wellbeing and can result in mental health issues such as anxiety or depression which can mean a reluctance to leaving home outside of school and can impact on family life.
CAAS will provide two social groups, a Games room and Film Club during school holidays, and a regular monthly Creative Club. The aim is to encourage young people to meet and socialise on a regular basis. Social skills such as turn taking, negotiating and understanding of rules will happen naturally through shared interests. The groups will enable those who face isolation a place to meet like-minded individuals in a place that feels safe, secure and accepting of difference.
Support young people to build friendships, reduce isolation and improve self-esteem and wellbeing.
Activities» 10 'Games Room and Film Club' sessions during holidays to encourage friendships and social skills like turn taking and team playing in a safe place.
» 12 monthly Creative Club sessions to encourage ongoing friendships as well as learning co-operation through creative activites ie drama/art/music.
What success will look like
Success will be young people who want to come repeatedly and even see peers outside of the groups. We hope to give young people confidence to access activities in their community.
Positive experiences and skills learnt through regular social activity outside the home will empower young people to build connections in different settings and make them less likely to isolate themselves. Being with a ‘tribe’ helps young people see they aren’t on their own and helps acceptance of their differences improving mental health. We will monitor engagement and feedback on the feeling of isolation/mental health from young people before and after attending (and families if appropriate)
One risk could be the young person is not confident enough to attend independently which could result in anxiety and distress. To avoid this CAAS could offer visual schedules/supports and meet with the young person and their carer to ensure they are familiar with the centre and our facilitators before attendance at the groups. Another risk could low attendance. Ensuring the groups are well advertised, and parents and schools are informed about the service should make this unlikely.
We can provide project updates to donors by email or via social media. This could include written or video testimonials from the young people, or case studies from CAAS staff. Our ‘distance travelled’ evaluation tools will show the progress young people have made from attendance at the groups.
Budget - Project Cost: £9,518Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £100 Games Room Set Up Tuck shop and stationery £1,350 Games Room Staffing Staffing £1,600 Room Hire Room hire £500 Refreshments Food and snacks for Creative Club £1,800 Creative Club Staffing Staffing £600 Outings External activities i.e. cinema trip £2,703 Management/Admin Costs Supervision, training, project management, monitoring and evaluation. £865 Core Costs 10% contribution to core costs for utilities etc.
After 18 years in Harrow CAAS recently relocated to Eastcote, Hillingdon. 45% of CAAS clients are from Harrow, which is a very diverse and multi-cultural community with pockets of significant deprivation. CAAS has seen a considerable increase in demand for our services from supporting under 600 people in 2015 to over 2000 people in 2017/18. Funding from John Lyons Charity and Children in Need means our youth project is now well-established offering a range of services to young people.
The project will benefit ADHD/autistic young people who struggle with friendships or feel isolated, mainly where anxiety or previous negative experience means they feel unable to leave their home, seeing them stuck in a vicious cycle of loneliness, anxiety and depression. We aim to support 8-10 people through the monthly Film Club and 20 in the Games Room. Families will also benefit as they will see an improvement in the mental health of their young person.
CAAS is an established and respected local charity supporting individuals with ADHD/autistic individuals, their families, and the community. We do this through the provision of information, training, support groups and practical help. From working in the field for over 20 years, personal experience of staff members, and through talking and listening to ADHD/autistic people we have an in-depth understanding of the needs of our clients, and how to support them.
Read more about the Charity running this project.
Our Youth and Family Worker Ciaran is an experienced youth worker and trained Drama Therapist who brings a therapeutic element to the sessions.
Helen is a CAAS trustee and autism trainer. Experience as former NAS branch manager means she has a wealth of knowledge and experience of autism.
Josh is the autistic son of a CAAS Trustee and the Games Room was his idea. He supports the facilitation and stocks and manages the tuck shop.
Our Family Support Worker Leigh's childcare qualifications and fun personality mean she is well placed to support young people.
Would fund a Drama/Music/Art Therapist to facilitate the Creative Club
I was the odd one out, only one diagnosed with anything, no-one else is like it. I was made to sit in the library at lunch and wasn't allowed to go out. The best thing about here is that I made friends, I can be myself a lot more and a lot of the adults here understand what's going on.