We provided social activities for 3 hours every Wednesday evening and 5 hours on a weekend once a month for 25 young adults with learning difficulties, disabilities and/or challenging behaviour, while their carers had some much needed time for themselves.
We provided grants directly to carers who live in East Lothian.
We delivered a fortnightly carers support group to provide a mechanism of support for carers of South Asian Older people to get some time out for them selves to take part in therapeutic and educational activities away from their demanding and pressurising caring roles.
We provided a summer activity programme for 18 children and young people with cerebral palsy and related conditions.
The physically active and challenging programme, led by therapists, provided a variety of fun activities to promote functional postural and mobility skills through participation in sports and arts, thereby enabling the children and young people’s parents/carers to get a break and/or spend time with their siblings.
We ran a weekend camp for families affected by serious illness in children at Tulliallan Police College, Fife from 12th to 14th May 2017.
The camp was attended by 15 families, comprising 61 individual campers. Families took part in fun, challenging activities whilst at camp, but also enjoyed time out to relax, away from the pressures of everyday life.
We provided 44 2 hour sessions (2 each week for 22 weeks) for children with autism to play and socialise with their peers while their carers had a break from caring.
We provided breaks through a person-centred approach, supporting over 30 disabled children and families to access the activities of their choice, including individual and group activities.
We built on local connections and strengths to increase access to resources.
We provided a 1 week activity break for 11-14 year olds and two residential weekends for 15-18 year olds who are blind or partially sighted help promote their independence and allow respite for carers.
We also provided a family residential weekend in Dumfries & Galloway offering peers support and a break for the normal routine.
We provided three short holidays for families with children suffering from cancer and leukaemia. Fifteen families enjoyed a trip to Craig Tara in Ayr, while a further 12 enjoyed a break to Aviemore at their request. One recently bereaved family visited London.
Outward Mobility is a short break service provided by Upward Mobility, offering support through workshops and residential trips as well as a wide range of activities for young people with disabilities.
It aims to increase independence, create opportunities, enhance social skills and provide new experiences for the young people we work with.
Outward Mobility also aims to develop relationships between carers and those they care for. Parents and carers benefit from getting a break from their care-giving role and have a chance to re-charge their batteries. Attendees are able to come home with great stories of their trip that they can share at home.