1) How does SDS work for yourselves and Abbie?
Abbie loves the ladies from Crossroads. We have three hrs a week with it being a Saturday one week and a Sunday the next. Abbie goes out with them to parks so Abbie can run around and to places like The Yard in Kirkcaldy. They used to take Abbie to soft plays but she seems to be getting too old for them and she prefers to be outside.
2) What do they do at The Yard with Abbie?
It's a charity in the Argos Centre for disabled children. They have lots of outdoor activities and a park area.
3)Who deals with the payments?
We do all the payments ourselves including the invoices, email and record keeping. I have a procurement background so I don’t see it as money. I view the funds and services as I would in business.
4) Do Crossroads recruit specifically for Abbie?
I would say they look for people in their current pool who would be a good match for Abbie. We have had Elaine from the start and a few changes with other staff. Two ladies have a fantastic relationship wit Abbie. Heather's son has autism so she is very experienced in dealing with Abbie.
5) Has SDS made a positive difference to yours and Abbie's life?
Yes a huge difference to Abbie and also to us. We can do things around the house that we can't do when Abbie is here. People don’t realise how much we can't do things because it's not safe for Abbie like going into the loft or using the hoover because she hates the noise. It has been a struggle with Social Work. We have had no payment for eighteen months. We are using historical monies at the moment. We started out with ten hours a week until the new Social Worker changed it and with the latest review she says it's likely we will not be getting any more money. It's stressful and we are a one salary family. I made a huge complaint in the past which was upheld now it's just a continual fight to keep the three hours we have at the moment.
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