Over the last year we have been running a programme of short breaks (residential and day events) for carers, and people being cared for, from the Gypsy/Traveller community living in Perth & Kinross, Lothian and Argyll.
We provided inclusive mainland trips and play-days on Bute during school holidays, weekends & in-service days for families of children and young people with disabilities who live on Bute.
We also offered opportunities for older children with disabilities aged 14+ to do supported volunteering to develop confidence and skills as they move into adulthood.
To support the continuation of an annual multi-sport, pan disability residential sports camp held at Largs National Sports Centre in July 2014.
Demand for the camps is growing and we cannot expand places or provide additional equipment. The camps are three days long, very positive and intensive for participants and a great chance for carer respite.
We ran our Zone Club and 26 days of play scheme for children and young people with multiple support needs. The children and young people we support got the opportunity to make friends and take part in new experiences and exciting activities such as orienteering and horse-riding.
This gave their parent/carer(s) time to themselves and the opportunity to spend time with other family members.
Our project enabled 5 Scottish children, who have OI (Osteogenesis Imperfecta) , to attend our Family Weekend Conference, by covering the travel and accommodation costs for them and their family carers. The event was held in London in August 2014.
RNIB Activate delivered a programme of activities for children and young people living with sight loss and their families across Scotland.
We provided grants directly to carers who care for an adult who has Down’s syndrome who lives with them.
We provided grants directly to carers who live in Argyll and Bute. The funds were split between all 4 carers centres and 3 crossroads services within the are. Helensburgh got an extra share to provide respite service as they have no Crossroads.
We provided grants directly to carers who provide care and support to people with serious mental health problems and mental illness
We provided grants directly to carers who live in Scotland and are caring for someone with a diagnosis of dementia.