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We provided grants directly to carers who care for an adult with serious mental health problems or mental illness, living in Scotland.

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SHAYP Summer Camp 2016

We provided a5-day summer camp for 35 young carers, aged 8-25 years old, living in a family affected by Huntington’s disease.

The camp included a range of daytime and evening activities as well as one-to-one and group sessions with Scottish Huntington’s Association Specialist Youth Advisors, on the issues surrounding Huntington’s disease and being a young carer.

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Scottish Disability Sport Junior Summer Camp

To support the continuation of a fully managed, all-inclusive annual multi-sport, pan-disability residential sports camp held at Badaguish Activity Centre. The camps are three days long, very positive and intensive for participants and a great chance for carer respite sustained through increased activity.

Demand for the camps is growing and we cannot expand places or provide additional equipment.

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We provided 2 Carer breaks, a trip to the theatre for 35 members, and a Christmas Event for 42 members. These events significantly benefited carers and cared for by reducing social isolation, increasing confidence and mental wellbeing.

It allowed them to enjoy well planned events with others whose lives have been similarly compromised by Brain Injury either as an Acquired Brain Injury sufferer or an unpaid/family carer.

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We provided a Mission Discovery and Adventure Week for 24 deaf children and young people aged 8-15 and 12 were aged 16-18. This took place at Blairvadach on 1-5 August 2016.

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We provided a 4-day group summer activity programme for up to 30 children and young people with cerebral palsy and related conditions.

This physically active and challenging programme, led by therapists, aimed to provide fun activities to help improve the children and young people’s functional postural and mobility skills, enabling their parents/carers to get a break and/or spend time with siblings.

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We provided after school groups on a fortnightly basis for primary aged children and 12 years plus with additional support needs.

During the holiday periods we also operated play schemes for children aged 4-19 years old in three areas of Aberdeenshire who currently did not have services to offer families this support during holiday periods. Each area offered the children different activities due to the venue being used and the facilities available in each venue.

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To provide Scottish children who have OI (Osteogenesis Imperfecta) to attend our Family Conference by covering the travel and accommodation costs for them and their families/carers. The event was held in Manchester in September 2015.

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Our organisation provided respite breaks to children and young people with additional and complex needs from the Aberdeenshire area.

These breaks provided valuable and some times essential respite breaks to families allowing them to continue their caring role.

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Positive Connections

We provided monthly family support groups for families with children affected by Spina Bifida and/or Hydrocephalus in 3 localities across Scotland.

We provided fully accessible play and support for the children whilst parents/carers had a break from their caring role and time to get together with others with shared experiences.

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