When Alison Clink’s son Samier was diagnosed with ADHD she recognized the need to help other families in a similar position. In this blog and as founder of Dundee and Angus ADHD Support Group SCIO she takes the opportunity of ADHD Awareness Month to tell us more about their amazing people-led project and the difference its National Lottery award will make.
“When my son, Samier, was diagnosed with ADHD eight years ago I had no idea where to turn for support and advice. It was then I realised there was no help for families in our position in the Dundee and Angus area. I initially set up the group with another mum as a parents monthly support group but we soon realised we had missed something blindingly obvious as there was nothing for the kids themselves. So I set up a youth club which proved to be an instant hit with youngsters in the area.
“Through our work we provide a drop in service for parents, support groups and offer a range of parenting classes, as well as teaching coping mechanisms for dealing with children and young people. We get really good feedback from parents to say what a difference these sessions make.
“Young people often feel stigmatised and isolated because of their behavior patterns and parents get anxious about taking them to activities or clubs to mix with other children. Our club is a safe and welcoming environment which also provides some respite for parents and families which is, as I know too well, vitally important. ADHD sufferers can be hard work, always taking risks, always on the go, not understanding things and there’s no time keeping or sticking to a schedule. The list of issues that you have to deal with on a daily basis is a long one.
“We are working really hard with both pupils and staff in local schools to change people’s perceptions about the condition. There’s a real lack of understanding there which means that the kids can miss out on a lot or don’t achieve their potential. As a parent of a child with ADHD it’s one of the things I find most frustrating of all.
“This new Big Lottery Fund grant of £98,716 will make a huge difference to our group and it’s appropriate that we got the news during ADHD Awareness Month. Having a Project Manager will mean that the support group not only continues but grows to meet the needs of all ADHD sufferers in Dundee and Angus. From all the families this will help, thank you so much.”