The Scottish Burned Children’s Club (SBCC) is an organisation that helps children, up to the age of eighteen, who have sustained burn and scald injuries.
The main aims of the charity are two fold, firstly to help in the rehabilitation process of these children and to provide support to their family. Secondly, it is the club’s aim to play a key role in the reduction of such injuries by raising awareness of the problem and promoting safe practice in relation to the dangers associated with burns and scalds.
Why have a burn club?
Burn and scald accidents are one of the most horrific and painful injuries that can occur to anyone, not only do they produce physical trauma but also result in psychological trauma. When a child is injured the whole family is affected.
Unlike any other injury, burns and scalds leave a life long scar, which no matter how small or big act as a reminder to the family as well as the child of the trauma they have been through. The child must also grow up knowing their body image is different, knocking their confidence at a time when normal processes of growing up are stressful enough. Therefore positive support is required to help the burn survivors realise that although body image has been altered their hopes and dreams are still the same as any other child and just as achievable. With continued support, positive encouragement and the courage and determination that has helped them so far we hope to see each child realise their dreams and goals. As well as providing positive support for families of burned children.
If your child, or you know of a child that would benefit from what our charity has to offer; then contact us for more information. Our membership is open to those children under the age of eighteen.
How will the charity assist burned children?
The Scottish Burned Children’s club organises day trips, special events and visits to various organisations throughout the year for these children. The activities are provided at no cost to the children and their family. It is an opportunity for all family members to meet, bond friendships and give moral support to each other. An annual week long camp, targeted at 8 to 18 year olds is the highlight of the year, where the youngsters meet up with each other to talk, share experiences and to make friends with others in a similar situation, but above all to have fun. The camp helps build the child’s confidence and self esteem back to a reasonable level, enabling them to cope with living with their life changing accident from burns or scalds.
How is the club funded?
All of this takes commitment from a small group of unpaid volunteers and money. The Scottish Burned Children’s Club is a wholly voluntary organisation which receives no central funding and is reliant on fund raising events, sponsorship and donations & is run by a group of ‘unpaid’ volunteers.