Above and Beyond
Sharing highlights from residential child care in Scotland in the past year
There have been some amazing stories of how staff, and children and young people in residential child care have all pulled together to find new ways to care for each other and ensure their wellbeing.
All these stories were submitted as part of the SIRCC 2021 Above and Beyond celebration.
Young people at Tall trees were saddened when they couldn't travel to Blackpool for a planned trip, so Blackpool was brought to them! It was so successful that they then held their own music festival, and an exclusive dining experience with amazing puddings.
Staff at The Meadows decided early on during lockdown to include the young people in the discussions about how to make their home as safe and nurturing as possible. They developed individual route maps and reached out to ex-residents to make sure they were not facing lockdown alone.
The residential care workers at East Park, Harris House, worked hard to keep themselves and residents healthy, together and positive. Unable to go to the cinema, meet friends or go to activities such as trampolining, they decided to reconnect with the outdoors - and took the young people camping, kayaking, and hill walking.
This video shows what has been happening at Harmeny this year: From greeting The Princess Royal and chatting about shoes with the First Minister to making cookies, hanging about, and generally living their best lives.