Enhancing the lives of children and families within the Leeds area

Case Studies

Case Studies

Music Mondays

At the end of the first block (6 weeks) T’s mum sent this e mail:-

Music Monday’s has proved invaluable to my son for many reasons.

 1) He now has a new interest in what was a very limited social life outside of the home/school environment.

 2) He has made several very good friends – mainly in the staff there (who are all amazing by the way).

 3) His intolerance of noise and his sensory issues have reduced to the point where he will now tolerate loud people a little more, but more importantly, he will now tolerate wearing headphones which has had a very positive, life changing effect in his daily life – in that his crippling anxiety where school transport is concerned is now easily managed by the use of headphones which reduce the noise level from fellow passengers who are on the severe end of the autistic spectrum.

 4) His confidence has grown in situations where he is apart from me.

 5)  He is more aware of what is expected of him in situations such as this and other youthclubs, playschemes etc – which is; to participate and have FUN!

 All in all this project has seen him start to grow from an insular, insecure child to a characterful, fun-loving young man.

 I cannot praise or thank everyone involved enough for helping my son go up a rung or three of his social ladder and for helping him expand his own sense of ‘self’ enormously. 

 I have a renewed sense of hope now for my son’s future and feel I can look forward to building on and seeing these positives progress from here on.

 Many, many thanks.

December 2015

Weekenders / Home-Based and Music Mondays

Our son was involved with LWCA for 10 years (until he reached his 18th birthday and had to move across to an adult service provider) and during his time he received excellent care.

He initially went to the monthly Weekenders Club. Here he really enjoyed all the different activities on offer and all the staff were professional and very caring. He later moved to the home-based scheme and he was supported by a number of staff over the years. They were usually long term and really got to understand our son and his needs. He enjoyed lots of different activities on his trips out and always felt safe and secure with his Independent Support Worker (ISW). If ever his regular worker wasn’t available they provided cover and all staff were excellent – very professional and caring and took care to meet his specific needs. Both his long term carers were male which was important for a teenage boy and often difficult to find.

He also went to Music Monday’s group which he loved because he got to try new equipment and instruments and he became a proficient DJ! When he reached 18 and had to stop using LWCA, we were all very sad but they put on a great leaving/birthday party for him geared to his specific likes which was lovely.

If LWCA moves into providing services for young adults we would use their services again without hesitation and would recommend them to any family with special needs children – they are always professional and caring and target their support to the specific needs of the individual.

July 2013

Music Mondays

My son enjoyed lessons on the drums, guitar, piano and the DJ machine, which he particularily likes. One huge improvement is that we can now hear his voice! Every Sunday he reminds me that he has Music Mondays the following day. He makes sure I’ve written the MM dates on the calendar. He really looks forward to attending – it’s the first thing he talks about when he gets home from school on a Monday. It would be great if you could offer more classes. The staff are well trained to look after & teach our children with special needs. As a parent, I count myself fortunate to be able to take my son to MM. He’s so interested in MM. It has improved his social skills and his independence such that I am seriously considering private tuition as well but it’s difficult finding the right tutor.

January 2015

 

Home-Based ISW Project

“He is always really relaxed and happy to be going out with his carer. That’s how we know he enjoys his time.”
“I know the service is A*+”
“Having a Weekenders Carer is an absolute delight.”
(Young Person)
“Wish it carried on longer after turning 18.”
(Young person)
“Loved every single bit of it would do anything to see her again.”
(Client’s comment on her Individual Support Worker)
“My son says “I like” Highest praise he gives anything.”
“Giving us a break from caring and at the same time allowing our daughter to be independent of us. Her self-confidence has grown so much since she started the scheme. She would not have been able to go out at all due to my own disability.”
“Being able to spend time with my other son and knowing that he is also having a good time and that he is with people who really care about him. We are delighted with the service all round.”
“The ISW is great, she is fabulous with my son and he really looks forward to spending time with her. I find her help invaluable.”

Weekenders

Parents/carers

“I just wanted to say thank you so much for our daughter’s time at Weekenders. She is settling into adult Services and is finding her feet very well! Your service has always been excellent and you were the only service at the time that would give me a break. All the best for the future and I hope your service will continue to thrive and support the families and children of Leeds.”
“Keep up the great work everyone!”
“My son really enjoys attending weekenders. Without doubt it is the staff who make it such a fun place for him to go to. They strike the perfect balance of being professional and caring as well as being smiley and fun.”
“Weekenders is as important to us as a family and I count myself very fortunate that he is able to attend. I can catch up with friends or family and I can go out for a few hours knowing that he is having a great time. A big thank you Weekenders!”

Children / Young People

“It’s good.”
(Young person)
“It gets me out of the house.”
“It makes me happy”
“Get to be friends with staff and others”
“Helped me to make friends”
“Getting to do new things”
“I love it!”
“Having a laugh and a joke”
“Made me more confident”