Last year was a strange year for everyone – and that was no different in our Playscheme. Our staff worked extremely hard to keep our service open throughout the pandemic and to provide much-needed respite for our service users and their families. Throughout 2020, our Playscheme service remained open and supported over 30 children on the autistic spectrum.
The need for support increased greatly throughout lockdown and with our choices of outings being limited, staff had to work hard to ensure they were providing both an engaging and safe environment for all. We have been very lucky to have various parks nearby where we were able to take the children for walks and when the parks reopened, we were able to play there.
Our teenagers’ group (Saturday 1) engaged in a variety of activities throughout the year and have helped to make decisions about Playscheme including what they enjoy doing. We were lucky enough to receive an extremely generous donation from Marks and Spencer in Bridge of Don for the group’s session on Halloween – we were able to give the children some form of “normality”, with Halloween decorations and a goody bag to go home with the children. The children really enjoyed this event and had fun dressing up and playing games, with staff joining in! On the run up to Christmas, this group also joined in with making Christmas Crafts, with some wooden snowmen and Christmas trees to decorate. The materials were donated by a member of staff. This group also enjoyed doing some baking and have been practicing their life skills by helping staff to tidy up at the end of the day. All children in this group have been extremely helpful and we are very grateful.