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Surf's Up and Away

This project gave Young Carers from across Mid Argyll, Kintyre and Islay respite from their caring role through a 2 day adventure residential at Lochgoilhead Outdoor Centre, and regular access to local activities such as surfing lessons and pony club.

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MECOPP organised a programme of short breaks for carers, and those they care for, from the Gypsy/Traveller community in Scotland.

These culturally appropriate breaks promoted positive wellbeing, reduced isolation and increased knowledge about carer services in local communities.

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CLASP supported children and their carers living in Dunoon and the surrounding areas by organising a range or group and individual activities for children while their carer had a break.

All the carers supported had children who have life long conditions which affect multiple areas of their lives.

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Social and Emotional Support for Deaf Children, Young People and their Families

Our project provided social & emotional support to deaf children, young people & their families. Along with St Roch’s after school club, we provided a wide variety of fun & stimulating activities for deaf young people to socialise & have fun while their carers enjoyed a break from their caring role.

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Able2Sail Sailing Season 2017

We provided sailing experience over half day/day/weekends . These were on dinghies/powerboats/modified sailing & motor yacht for young people affected by disability.

These experiences took place on the Clyde or at Castle Semple RYA Sailability Centre of Excellence.

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My Time Family Fun and Friendship Club

We ran a monthly Saturday club for school children with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities aged 8-19 years and their families.

The clubs were delivered by PAMIS with RNIB  at their Springfield Centre, offering a programme of activities.

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We provided ‘Time for Me’ support groups for rural and remote carers in locations across Oban, Lorn and Isles enabling carers to get a break from caring role, focus on their own health and wellbeing, create enduring peer support relationships, access therapies for respite.

We also run a ‘Time for Me’ respite week for Carers to Hynish, Tiree.

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We provided a short break for unpaid carers throughout Cowal & Bute to luxury 5 star accommodation including sauna in the apartments and full use of all spa facilities and leisure facilities within the complex at Portavadie Marina.

The Carers who attended enjoyed Full Scottish Breakfast each morning and fine dining/refreshments. All travel costs were fully funded and this included a day trip to Tarbert for those who wished to attend.

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We provided grants directly to carers who live inn Argyll and Bute.

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We provided grants directly to carers who support those affected by mental illness living in Scotland.

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"As a family we were at breaking point...this break brought us all closer together and enabled us to have fun as a family and enjoy different surroundings. I can't thank you enough...for making this happen for us."

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