Child Respite Residential Care
Who are Map Adventures
Map Adventures have a variety of bases around the UK and have been around since 2016. We have looked after young people from all over the country and adapt our programs around each person’s individual needs and wishes.
Where are our sites
Currently we utilise Snowdonia, Brecon Beacons and Yorkshire Dales. These range from campsites in tents, lodges, caravans, and house accommodation.
What can I expect when I get here
Depending where you are placed and what your requirements are, you will be asked to maintain a regular and structured day which normally involves partaking up to three activities per day.
You will be encouraged to take responsibility for your daily routine including; hygiene, laundry, keeping your tent/room clean and tidy. You will also be encouraged to take part in meal preparation.
For the first week we like to have a pre-planned set of activities, but during that time we will be asking you what you prefer doing or what you would like to try.
What should I try to bring with me
Do not worry if you don’t have everything on this list, we will make sure you have everything you need.
It’s your choice to wear what you want, but as you’ll be doing outdoor activities we strongly advise you to bring:
- Warm outdoor clothing
- Warm hat and gloves
- Waterproof coat (Rain doesn’t stop our activities!)
- Suitable footwear (Unless you want your trainers to get muddy!)
- At least three sets of clothes and underwear to change into
- Washing toiletries (body wash/shower gel, soap, shampoo, conditioner)
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
What activities do we do
- Rock Climbing/Absailing
- Raft Building
- Bush craft
- Hiking (Lowland and Mountainous territories
- Wild camping
Could I do something not on the list
Yes! As long as you give things a go, we will do our best to get any activity requests organised!
Will I learn anything
We encourage you to push yourself a little and try to go outside of your normal limits and achieve something you may not have thought possible beforehand – to go out of your ‘comfort zone’. This may include doing an activity you have never done before and so learn new skills and discover abilities you didn’t know you had. Don’t worry though as we will support all the way through this.
Who is looking after me
When you are on site you will have two fully trained carers with you at all times, one of which will be an outdoor activity instructor. Everyone who works throughout the company holds various checks, certificates, qualification and applicable training:
- Enhanced DBS check,
- Restraint/Safe/Positive Handling
- Basic Therapeutic training, coupled with experience
- National Governing Body qualifications within various outdoor activities
What about my health issues
All our staff are trained in the use of medications and any medications you need will be stored at your site in secure containers. All staff are trained in first aid and will work with your social care and health care team to provide the right support for any needs you have.
Will I be able to contact or see people while I am here
We work with your social care team to make sure any contact arrangements with your family and loved ones remain in place. We also have phones so you can keep in touch. These can also be used for you to talk to people like your Social Worker, Solicitors or anyone else you may need to contact.
If you have a mobile phone we are happy for you to bring this with you, and use it under any agreements that you may have with your Social Worker. We ask that you do not use your phone during activities so that you can fully listen to safety instructions and most importantly have fun! We also encourage you to reduce your phone use at bedtime so that you can get a good night’s sleep.
How long will I be here
We are a temporary placement, normally this can last up to 28 days.
What will I get from being with Map Adventures
We want you to feel safe, have fun and try things you may not have done before. We hope that your time with us is an experience and positive memory that will stay with you when you move on to your next placement, and into your adult life.
Can I smoke
We do not encourage smoking here at Map Adventures as we are all about healthy lifestyles, however if you are a smoker and have your own tobacco and lighter you may bring them with you. We may need to look after these for you.
We are unable to purchase tobacco products for young people so please bear this in mind when deciding what you need to bring with you.
If you are looking to quit smoking, you may be able to gain support through your local GP.