Playscheme through COVID-19

2020 was a difficult year for everyone and that was no different for all staff and service users in our Playscheme. We are extremely proud to be able to say that we continued to provide a service throughout the whole of 2020, supporting service users and their families. There were a lot of changes that had to be made to how we ran our Playscheme but staff and service users adapted well to this new way of working. Our groups ran with a reduced capacity through the majority of the year, meaning that we were open for 6 days a week sometimes, to ensure that everyone who needed the support was receiving it. This meant that staff were kept extremely busy and we are thankful that some staff even picked up some outreach work alongside this to help support the organisation and its service users.

Over the year we have welcomed on board some new Team Leaders: Teri Walsh (left below) and Mae Diansangu (right below) and two Deputy Team Leaders: Emma Stott and Davide Bonne. Both our Team Leaders and Deputy Team Leaders have done a great job so far and have been very helpful in supporting the running of Playscheme. We have also welcomed some new staff members who we look forward to working with throughout this year and beyond.

A normal Playscheme day would run with two outings one in the morning and one in the afternoon, these outings would be dependent on a number of factors such as age, interests, weather and the children’s individual needs. Throughout 2020, many of our outings were not suitable and with the unpredictable nature of the weather in Aberdeen we quite often had to stay inside. Our service users adapted extremely well to this and we are so proud of them and how they have taken all these changes in their stride, showing their resilience. Our Teenagers group have shown an ability to take more responsibility within the Playscheme, assisting with making snack and with tidying up after themselves at the end of the day. Our younger groups have been engaging in lots of sensory based play and have also enjoyed the donation of iPads that the Playscheme received early last year. These iPads have been used for watching Singing Hands (Makaton videos) and various other games which have helped the children develop many skills.

I would like to say a huge thank you to our service users and their families, you have all been so supportive and understanding and this has made our job easier. Thank you for all your gifts of chocolates and biscuits at Christmas, we will have enough to last us through the year! We have loved working with you all this year.

I would also like to say a huge thank you to all the staff who have worked in Playscheme over the past year. Staff have shown amazing commitment and dedication to the service and have always shown enthusiasm and compassion through their work. Staff should know that their work is very much appreciated by everyone involved with the Society.

Thank you again,

Carly Stott Team Leader

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