1- About ADHD support group
At Dundee and Angus ADHD Support Group, we strive on continuously supporting and empowering families that are affected by ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) in the Dundee and Angus area. Our goal is to make these children and their parents’ life a little easier every day, by giving them a community where they can be free from stress, judgement and social exclusion.
We are a youth center located in Dundee, Scotland, where we provide family and social skills courses, as well as youth group events with holiday activities.
Dundee and Angus ADHD Support Group helps 50 children, young people and their families and is always working on bringing these families closer together. Please visit our website for more information.
2- Insight into the challenges of families affected by ADHD
a) For the children
ADHD can leave children as well as adults left out of a society which often does not understand what they are going through. Common factors people affected by ADHD have to go through include being criticised or punished unnecessarily; due to people thinking they are acting out or being unreasonable. This social exclusion can leave the victims feeling depressed, isolated, and with very low self-esteem.
“I just get made fun of for doing things I don’t really mean to do. I get stressed out more when I’m not on my tablets and then some people in my class start to make jokes about me.”
The symptoms of ADHD include:
-becoming easily distracted
-finding it difficult to concentrate
-being disorganised and impulsive
-having low frustration tolerance
“It can be very hard sometimes, because our brain doesn’t work like normal people’s brains do. I think it would be pretty hard to live without this club.”
b) For the parents
One of the most difficult things about being a parent is to see our child struggling and not having the power to do a lot about it. ADHD makes it more difficult for kids to develop skills that require focus, control and attention, which can be very hard for parents to manage. It can leave parents feeling embarrassed, disrespected, stressed or again frustrated.
“This is the first time I’ve seen (child) smile.”
However, if parents learn about what parenting approaches work best, they can learn how to handle situations better and how to help and guide their children in life, which is one of our purposes with Dundee and Angus ADHD Support Group.
“If (child) is welcomed back to the club next week it will be the first time he’s been allowed back somewhere.”
3- Our mission
ADHD Dundee and Angus was established by Alison after her son was diagnosed with ADHD. Our goal is to help children use their full potential by interacting with others, developing their milestones and help them live their best life as well as support parents. Therefore, despite the Coronavirus outbreak, our staff is still working hard every day to keep helping the families affected by ADHD in the Dundee and Angus area.
The reason why we have decided to join Crowdfunding practise is to raise money to help and support the staff at Dundee and Angus ADHD Support Group who needs financial support, as the charity is not able to provide monetary funding to pay its staff due to the Covid-19 outbreak.
Our community really needs you to keep helping people, especially in difficult times like those. Please donate and help us #sharehappiness.