Arts and Craft Support sessions for adults with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
The team at aScEND Hull comprises of parents of children with disabilities, Individuals who have worked supporting people with SEND and individuals who have worked as teaching assistants in special schools. Between them the team have a lot of specialist knowledge ranging from experience in previous roles to Masters Degrees in Education, Inclusion and Special Needs. Having previously facilitated similar sessions for other companies the idea of going it alone arose. We knew that we wanted this to be a way in which we could support the SEND community within our area and have already seen a great response even during lockdown.
The aim of this project is to provide Arts and Craft Support sessions for adults with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) in the Hull and East Riding of Yorkshire area. These sessions are very much needed as inclusion into mainstream activities is not always possibly due the nature of the individuals disabilities and needs.
During the previous and current lockdowns there has not been any other covid safe environments open or available for people with SEND to socialise safely. Our groups are invaluable to both those who can leave the house, and those who are shielding alike, as we live stream during the sessions to ensure as many individuals as possible can take part. Being able to operate throughout lockdown has being described as ‘a 2 hour haven of normalcy’ by one of our service users.
Social isolation and mental health and wellbeing has become a real talking point recently with suicide rates increasing during the lockdowns. This social isolation is something that the disabled community and their families face daily not just during global pandemics and is something that we are committed to tackling. Our aim is to ensure that our service users see or speak to at least one person outside of their family bubble once a week. This small act of kindness can really make the difference to a persons mental health and wellbeing and can be the highlight of that individuals week.
The results that we hope for are that the individuals who attend enjoy themselves and meet new friends. We hope that in the future aScEND Hull can grow from offering single sessions to being open as a drop in and day centre to offer support and advice to individuals with SEND, parents, carers and professionals.
Reg Number: 06455490 | Charity Number: 1125856