What we do
Apna works in a variety of ways with children and young people aged 0 to 25 years old from families in Glasgow. They are as follows:
Home Care Service
Home care involves Apna staff providing personal care to children and young people aged from 0 to 19 years old with all forms of mild to severe disabilities throughout the day, thus giving parent carer and siblings respite from their caring responsibilities.
After School Club
After School Club runs twice weekly for children and young people aged 5 to 19 that have special needs and have very limited or no other resources for leisure and relaxation in the local community.
The club provides opportunities for children and young people to learn about:
- healthy living
- personal safety and much more.
It provides children with the opportunity to develop their confidence, self-esteem, build their resilience and social interaction skills. We focus on providing ‘child-centred’ play opportunities. Every effort is made to create such an environment where not so able children can work towards minimising their dependency.
We provide a befriender who takes the child or young person out and enable them to learn new skills and enjoy leisure activities.
One-to-One support is provided to children and young people with disabilities from the ages 5 to 25 years old. The aim of this service is to ensure they receive all the support they need in order to perform well and learn new skills which help them to improve their confidence.
One of the major features of our service is the play-schemes. The play-schemes run during school holidays throughout the year, spring, summer and winter.
The play-schemes host a variety of fun activities and outings organised by the staff. They give children a chance to develop their social interaction skills as well as build up their confidence and self-esteem in a friendly and fun environment.
Carers' support group
The carers’ support group offers a platform for sharing information and providing mutual support to families in a similar situation, It helps to ensure that families are getting all the support they are entitled to, offering them time for themselves and challenges the isolation they may feel in the wider community.
Carers’ meet once a month and join in activities.
The object of these activities is to combat stress, build confidence and enhance their quality of life and wellbeing. For the carers’ we support, care for children with various disabilities, it is important that we provide our carers’ with information on what other support is available.
19 plus is a new service that will be coming soon.