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We ran a two week Summer Club, including transport and intensive staffing, for children with complex support needs.

One tailored week for older and one for younger pupils.  An activity and play based club for children unable to access community run schemes due to their high level care needs.

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Trust Rugby has developed Tri Tours working with players aged 15-21, by taking groups on day and overnight trips to learn rugby and interact with peers to develop social skills allowing individuals to achieve their goals, build confidence and empower individuals.

This will also give parents and carers the opportunity to relax knowing that the person is in a safe environment.

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RNIB Activate

RNIB Activate delivered a programme of activities for children and young people living with sight loss and their families across Scotland.

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The Adventure Network provides an accessible and exciting friendship network to enable children and young people with learning disabilities in East and North Ayrshire to come together and meet children/young people with similar interests to have adventures and regular events in a safe, friendly and supportive atmosphere.

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We provided grants directly to carers who care for an adult who has Down’s syndrome who lives with them.

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We provided grants directly to carers who look after someone with Motor Neurone Disease (MND), and to people with MND who have a carer who will also benefit. The project covers the whole of Scotland.

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We provided grants directly to carers who live in Scotland and are caring for someone with a diagnosis of dementia.

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Home and Away

To date we have delivered respite services to 2 young people and 3 carers, a 5 week arts club and an 8 week photography club.

Young people have gone out for dinner, gone to the pantomime, visited local fetes, had walks along the beach, massage/girly pampering sessions, visited local parks, taken lots of photographs, made lots of art works and held an exhibition.

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We delivered a holiday club for 19 pupils from Corseford School over 10 days during the Summer Holidays.The Club daily hours were 10am-4pm. Staff were recruited from existing school staff on a 1:1 ratio.

All carers and pupils were surveyed before the Club and as a result,a range of activities were offered eg speed boats, barge trips, archery, bowling, accessible cycling,swimming. Activities tailored to each child’s age and abilities. Week 1 for the younger pupils and week 2 for older.

Where requested, taxis and trained escorts were provided for the journeys.This significantly extended the break each family enjoyed.

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RNIB Activate

West of Scotland Sailing adventure – In July 2013 10 blind and partially sighted CYP sailed from Oban aboard Alba Volunteer for a 5 day/4 night sailing adventure.  Promoting Independence Summer Camp – Broomlee – This 5 day/4 night residential was attended by 15 YP aged 14-18. The focus was on independent living and transition.

It included workshops on developing confidence, assistive technology, cooking skills, independent travel, personal care, employability, preparation for post-16 transition, outdoor activities and loads of fun!

5 weekly Out of School Clubs :- These have been delivered at Knowetop Primary in North Lanarkshire; Uddingston Grammar School, South Lanarkshire; Aberdeen Visual Impairment Service, Aberdeen City; Darnley Primary School, Glasgow; Eyebeez Club, Hamilton. Each club is regularly attended by 10-15 children.

Family Fun Day (Borders) :- We had an Outdoor Adventure Activity Day for all the family on 2nd November 2013. Attended by 20 children and young people with 15 parents and 8 volunteers. The emphasis was on team building and confidence development. Despite torrential rain all the families had an excellent experience.

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