social skills summer camp with a fun packed programme for 200 vulnerable girls
We reach out to children who have extreme difficulties with social skills and behaviour. or grave psychological need. Some have a statement, some claim DLA,
Some are withdrawn they lack the ability to interact with their friends they typically sit in the lunchroom alone wishing they could join the lively conversation going on around them. They are now an easy target for bullies. That worsens the case, some developed OCD
We have children with ADHD or ADD; they are the biggest troublemakers in any classroom.
Some are immature, insecure, act childish, impulsively, they do not think about the outcome of their actions
We have children from broken or abusive homes, they are abusive to others, hardship made them speak with their hands; they are the bullies in class
All of them exclude themselves or are excluded from social interaction; (for the reasons above) this knocks their self-image even lower. They feel out of place and different, they worsen, they think society spit them out. some become disadvantaged without jobs, they lack the skills and the confidence to channel their capabilities to become independent and productive adults, some will claim DLA for life, they lack the ability to build relationships which is a hindrance in blending into society or employments, some will become the worst of society
Being that we want our children to be well cared for and gain maximum benefit we need to employ highly qualified, caring, devoted, experienced, staff this Is not easy to find (after i check them out by the referral’s DBS and interviews) and expensive to employ
We need to train our staff and make them aware of all our dreams and goals as well as their routine safeguarding requirement, the costs are high.
Our social skills activities that include visit to the zoo, farms, parks, swimming, eating out are also expensive
In addition, we need to pay a secretary to coordinate our outings, to make the lists
designing printing and stationeries, designing for printing the program, for the special designed ID badges, and personalized album covers and a collection of pictures for girls to take home, and arts and crafts for the girls to create.
You we need to hire in large place where to meet day to day before the outings after the outings and of course to be able to stay inside on a rainy day
And for our picnic, snacks drinks refreshments And a van to bring the girls to and from our venue
The activities is personalised to accommodate the problems the girls are facing, and we continually have meetings with the sencos teachers how we can accommodate them further
every girl gets a partner Who is of similar age and nature who can be their potential friend
Everything is personalized we even have personalized badge with their name, team colour, and number, and every team has a few personalised songs and welcome song that we sing every morning
Staff are trained to call girls continuously by their first name, shower them with lots of appropriate attention, and personalized compliments
They all receive a star chart to encourage positive behaviour and for every good deed or change, they will receive a token later we have a store where everyone can buy prizes and nosh depending of how many tokens they have
We encourage all our girls to take part in a range of stimulating activities with goals of discovering their own nature likes and dislikes expressing their feelings and developing talents
We create groups of mixed ages and abilities we give shy girls responsibilities and special honours, like preparing games and activities
Our sister project:
Every one of our girls will get a sister, a bigger sister or a younger sister, they will learn, the feeling of having a sister, the feeling of caring for someone, the feeling of love, the feeling of looking up to someone, one of our biggest successes
on our first day. we ask every girl to find a new friend, they have never met before, they have to talk together, until they find three things they have in common and three things they are different, then they share this with their team. They learn to socialise, they learn it’s okay to be different, they learn how to start a conversation,
On the first day we ask every girl to find a new friend, they have never met before, they have to talk together, until they find three things they have in common and three things they are different, then they share this with their team. They learn to socialise, they learn it’s okay to be different, they learn how to start a conversation,
You should know, we put a lot of afford, long hours of planning every minute every activity,
showering them with lots of attention genuine-love positive-reinforcement words-and show how special they are ,helping them finding friends-sister (our friends-sister-project (mentioned-above) caring for each-other, we show each girl how important-special she is, above others, others are proud to be their friend.
Now we show trough-story’s puppet-shows never giving-up on a-dream and we practice it with our day to day talent-shows-activities, not become discouraged from anyone-anything
Through the friends project, every second in-camp the games-activities is practice on real-life stimulations, to give our girls a taste of what having friends is about, how to share-care for someone-else. Trough stories-games, circle-time, we-teach, we-laugh on mistakes, how to think of someone else’s feelings, accept everyone regardless of skin-race-capabilities, the girls also take part in role-play and act out different-scenarios, we achieve both discovering talent, leaning social-skills
we prepare the scenarios that happens in classroom, in real-life action it’s a lot of fun,
We therefore travel to outings/trips mainly by public transport, how queue up patiently, find-seat, ask friend to sit, get to and from places, giving them a sense of direction. how read maps, follow instructions, count until your stop comes, how get on-off safely. what to do if they are ever lost.
I remember one of the girls had a wedding in Manchester, her mother called me that her daughter doesn’t want to go the wedding she want to go to camp,
you can’t understand the feeling only if you were there
|every girl on the day they arrive will have a private evaluation, her strong points her weak points positive thinking-behaver, manners, all in a number 1-10 then we choose which girl and sister can have the best impact on her life, and prepare appropriate targets. than we start working, after 3 days we sit down and discuss with her leader how well she is progressing, if not, what else can be done, We will be in contact with their parents and ask them to comment on their daughter’s day-to-day progress, will also be in contact with their head teachers and sencos who have referred them to us (with parents consent) to get a better picture how their social achievement is developing, we do this every 3 days, so we see trough 1-10 how well they did.|