The Play Partner home visit took place at Lucy’s Grandma’s house where Lucy lives, together with Grandma and Mum.
Lucy was unable to stay solely with her Mum as she has learning difficulties and cannot cope with Lucy’s behaviour. Lucy wanted to be more independent and meet new people as any 13 year old would. Grandma wanted an opportunity to have some respite.
Play Partners identified a local guide group as an appropriate setting for Lucy; this group provided Lucy with the opportunity to meet other children and gave Grandma a bit of time off. we made sure it was in a location were Grandma was able to drive to, as driving at night and for a long distance was not something that she was able to do. Lucy really enjoyed going to guides and continues to attend. After 6 sessions it was decided that Lucy was happy and confident to go alone. We decided that if Lucy, the staff or Grandma needed any more support this could be provided.
During the school holidays Lucy’s family requested and received support for activities at their local leisure centre. However, Lucy was now so confident, that during the morning of her first sports session, she made it very clear that she did not want support from Play Partners. Wth the staff and Grandma’s consent the play partner left the sessions and Lucy continued to attend over the holidays without any support.