How it works
The young person is given space to rest and relax around their new home. Over time they are linked with leisure actives they are interested in.
Sports play a key role in Baca’s holistic vision, helping our young people in enhancing their physical health while also allowing them to explore new and different interests. They provide opportunities for greater community engagement through participation in local teams and community tournaments. Sports significantly contribute to boosting confidence, organisational skills, respect, companionship, discipline, dedication, motivation, and improved English language skills, as well as developing new athletic abilities. Our young people have a say in the types of sports they wish to pursue, enabling Baca to provide a wide range of sporting opportunities including football, cricket, volleyball, badminton, swimming and gymnastics.
Focus: Providing space for rest and recovery
Our priority is to offer young people a safe space for rest and recovery after their potentially long and traumatic journey.
They are given time to relax in their new surroundings and have access to entertainment, including television with DVDs and a selection of board games and puzzles.
Focus: Linking to enjoyable activities
The young person is connected to enjoyable activities.
They are introduced to various activities happening alongside their other young people, participating in weekly sports sessions and engaging in creative arts workshops.
If they arrive during a holiday period, they are encouraged to join trips and visits planned.
Focus: Linking to fun activities, trips, and leisure facilities
Over the next few months, we continue to connect the young person to fun and enriching experiences.
If interested, we facilitate their introduction to the local swimming pool, providing access to swimming sessions and the opportunity to learn to swim.
Our support workers work with social workers to obtain a membership card for the local leisure centre. They accompany the young person to the centre, guiding them on what facilities they can use, including the pool, gym, and certain classes.
We encourage them to engage in group activities and informally participate in sports sessions with their peers in local parks and other settings.
Focus: Linking to enjoyable activities, developing relaxation skills.
As young people transition towards semi-independence, they are encouraged to independently engage in enjoyable activities. They are empowered to attend the leisure centre on their own and explore participation in other clubs and youth groups.
Building friendships at college and other places, they are motivated to spend time with friends and enjoy social interactions.
For those wanting to stay away for a night or a few days with friends, these plans are arranged through consultation with their social worker, in line with risk assessments. Full details of their whereabouts and return times are recorded.
They continue to have access to group activities if they wish to participate.
Move to Independence
Focus: Continuation of leisure activities beyond supported care
As the young person moves closer to independence, our support extends to helping them identify sports facilities or clubs near their new residence, encouraging them to continue enjoying their leisure time.