Who We Are
Aims of Geeza Break
Our main task is to achieve improved health and well-being of individuals, families and their children. In order to achieve this, as a voluntary organisation, we provide family support and flexible respite services to parents with children aged 0-16 years, predominantly within the East/North East in Glasgow. The service is intended to be a short term flexible support to families experiencing addiction, stress, crisis or isolation. These services set out to achieve a set of aims for both the family and children.
- Increase confidence, children’s social skills, opportunities to experience positive play
- Improve personal hygiene, self-development and communication skills
- Enable children to have fun
- Keep children safe
- To make new friends and interact with the wider community
- Reduce anxiety/stress and isolation
- Give parents/carers more time for themselves
- Enhance Parenting Skills
- Enable parents/carers to develop personal interests
- Increase self-esteem/confidence
- Improve family relationships, family routines, budgeting, health and wellbeing
- Reduce stress, the need for statutory involvement, social isolation/access local resources and tension in the home
Values & Principles
Geeza Break is committed to:
- Providing quality based respite care
- Supporting families experiencing addiction, stress, crisis or isolation
- Treating all children as individuals and meeting their specific needs
- Promoting partnership with parents encouraging them to share in any decision making process
- Providing opportunities for children to enjoy positive family experiences
- Fostering a sense of community spirit within the East/North East of Glasgow
Geeza Break is a voluntary organisation that aims to provide positive support to parents and a high quality childcare service. To achieve this we have standards that are applied in delivering our service. These standards apply to all employees and volunteers within the organisation:-
- Children and families are treated as individuals, recognising individual needs
- All employees and volunteers are non-judgemental and approachable
- Parents are involved in planning, reviewing and concluding the respite service
- Parents are given correct information about the services we provide, referral criteria and waiting list
- Families are informed about any changes or cancellation of respite as soon as this is known
- All employees and volunteers will work in partnership with parents to benefit the welfare of children
- All policies and procedures will be adhered to including procedures that promote the protection of children
Geeza Break (previously the East End Respite Care Group) was founded in 1992 by members of the local community of Camlachie, now known as Barrowfield. This was at a time when drug misuse was beginning to take hold in the city, particularly in this area and so much so that social work offices and addiction services where situated within this area.
Regeneration had begun and people were being moved from the local community to schemes in wider Glasgow which meant a lot of families who remained in the area no longer had the extended family support of aunts, uncles and grandparents near to them. Members of the remaining local community, in partnership with the regeneration agency, social work / addiction services decided they needed something in place to support families who were isolated, stressed and at breaking point.
They would do this by offering childcare support to children from birth to 16 years by way of a home based respite service along with a parents group to give parents time out to re-charge their batteries and Geeza Break was born.
There was a stigma attached to social work at that time and it was believed that families would be more open to accepting help from ‘ordinary’ people like themselves who had been approved and vetted by the police and social work (this is now the PVG scheme). Social work / addiction service were particularly in favour of this idea that they agreed, through Glasgow City Council to provide funding to get the project up and running as they felt this service would offer an early intervention and they were hopeful that it would then, in the long run, reduce the numbers of children becoming looked after and accommodated.
Who are we regulated by?
We are regulated by The Care Inspectorate (formerly Care Commission) and adhere to Health and Social Care Standards for Childcare Agencies and SSSC Codes of Practice.
The Care Inspectorate are the independent regulator of social care and social work services across Scotland. They regulate, inspect and support improvement of care, social work and child protection services for the benefit of the people who use them. Various kinds of organisations provide the services they regulate: local authorities, individuals, businesses, charities and voluntary organisations.
Contacting Care Inspectorate
- If you like more information on The Care Inspectorate, you could check their:
- Website: www.careinspectorate.com
- Care Inspectorate Enquiries: 0345 600 9527
Who are The Care Inspectorate?
- The Care Inspectorate is the unified independent scrutiny and improvement body for the whole range of care, social work and child protection services for people of all ages.
- The Care Inspectorate is an executive non-departmental public body. This means it operates independently from Scottish Government but is accountable to it and is publicly funded.
What does The Care Inspectorate Do?
- The Care Inspectorate is governed by its Board. The Board sets The Care Inspectorate’s strategic direction and oversees and manages their performance while taking account of Scottish Government legislation and policy guidance.
- The Care Inspectorate regulates and inspects care and support services. They also carriesout social work and child protection inspections. Due to their scrutiny of individual services as well as the organisations that provide and purchase them, they are able to bring consistent, in-depth scrutiny.
We are inspected annually. Geeza Break’s respite services are registered by the Care Inspectorate who have a duty to inspect all premises and/or agencies providing care. There are occasions where Care Inspectorate will contact families for feedback. Families are required to send the feedback forms back. If you need help, filling in the feedback forms, please contact the office at 0141 573 2900.
Reports of previous inspections of our services are available - please contact us.