Play Partners met with Richard and his mother at their family home. The referral had come through the intensive family support worker at their local children’s centre.

Richard has moderate learning difficulties and has a younger brother with autism who has very challenging behaviour. Mum asked if Play Partners would be able to support Richard into an activity at the weekend as an opportunity to have fun but also time out, as Mum and Dad spend most of their time supporting Richard’s younger brother.  The family had limited funds and no transport.

The search began for a football club, ideally located within a walking distance from the family’s home. A setting was identified and a play partner visited the sessions prior to the visit with the family to check if they are suitable. A visit was then arranged with family and Play Partners began supporting Richard at the football club.

A requirement of the club was that all children wear football boots and shin pads, but this was something the family could not afford to get for Richard. Therefore, Play Partners located some funds to buy the equipment and Richard was able to continue to attend.

After 6 sessions, the Play Partners felt that Richard was getting involved and needed little or no support, which naturally came to an end.

Play Partners continued to support Richard in the holidays and have sign posted Mum and Dad to SNAPS for some time-out sessions, fun play activities for both Richard and his younger brother and opportunities for both parents to meet other families.