ADDITIONAL NEEDS GROUP
BANG (Borders Additional Needs Group) is an outreach service for parents, young carers and disabled children with rare, complex and additional needs.
WHO WE ARE
At Borders Additional Needs Group, we support each other and encourage children to live up to their full potential. Every child is celebrated for his or her uniqueness and we look at children as individuals first and then consider their special needs.
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ADVICE, TRUST AND SUPPORT
Children with special needs are not an easily defined group. What defines them is the fact that they need additional help in some areas of development compared to other children. Our meetings and activities are for the whole family; children, parents, carers, siblings, and grandparents. A special need has an impact on the whole family and our support, advice and information are available to everyone.
Monthly support meetings
Family activity days throughout the year (sensory cinema screenings 4 times a year)
Access to local and national resources
Distribution of Mission Christmas presents from Cash For Kids to ASN families
Works with partners and stakeholders to promote inclusion in sports youth
Annual events: silent inclusive disco, summer respite camp
COVID-19 SUPPORT for families
Borders Additional Needs Group SCIO funding will be used to support Additional Needs Families in the Scottish Borders purchase sensory regulating resources/toys to help children manage their time at home with their families. In addition to this Borders Additional Needs SCIO will provide tablets to ASN Youths aged 14-19 years of age, allowing them to join Borders Additional Needs Group SCIO newly funded Branching Out ASN Transitional Youth project in partnership with Youth Borders.
BANG was set up over 17 years ago with the goal of supporting families in the Scottish Borders. It was set up by a group of parents who felt they would benefit from meeting together to share experiences. It grew quickly in the first 3 years and since then, BANG has added more resources and linked in with many organisations and services. Through establishing these links, we now provide free music therapy, annual trips (Calvert Trust, The Yard, Alan Shearer Centre), organised events (Archery project, Summer Respite Camps, Silent Disco), parent carer days and provide signposting support. This support enables parents to have emotional support when needed and access to useful and relevant information such as; respite, finances, education support, funding and the latest government changes.
To join our community of families, please get in touch for more information.