Held at Netherurd House, Blyth Bridge, Peeblesshire, the weekend aims to pull together a number of key benefits to burn-injured children, their families and to the volunteers of the SBCC. The main aim of the weekend is to enable families of burn injured children to meet one another and share their experiences, within an informal therapeutic programme. It is hoped this will help the children who have been burned, and their families, to feel less isolated. In addition, because the focus is on the family unit as opposed to the burn injured child alone, the family will feel more supported and be able to develop important coping strategies for life after a burn.
Another aim of the weekend is with the family having a chance to spend a more focused and quality time together, thus to demonstrate some respite qualities of the programme.
Overall it is hoped that as a result of the weekend the programme supports parents/carers in coping with the stress that they encounter as a result of their child’s injury. In addition it will enable the volunteer staff of the SBCC, to have a greater understanding of the experiences of burn injured children and their families.
Picture Gallery – Take a look at a selection of pictures taken at the Families’ weekends.
Family ‘Therapeutic’ Weekend: 4th to 6th December 2015
This was our 7th Families Weekend. The residential weekend was an opportunity for 8 families to spend a weekend at the outdoor centre and ‘relax’. We arranged activities at the centre, a trip to the Panto in Edinburgh and a Magic Show and a visit from Santa Claus was arranged for the Saturday evening. On the Saturday morning a team from the Bird Centre, Cumbernauld, also paid a visit. On the Sunday we held an open forum discussion where the parents were able to discuss their experiences with each other, the session was facilitated by colleagues from ChangingFaces Scotland on behalf of the SBCC. Games and an arts & craft sessions were arranged for the children during the parents’ forum.