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

We worked with St Roch’s After School Club to provide a wide variety of fun & stimulating activities and opportunities for our deaf young people, from all over the West of Scotland and beyond.

They met and mixed with an age appropriate peer group while their carers enjoyed a break from their caring roles. This helped alleviate the isolation and loneliness they experience in a hearing world, builds confidence & self esteem, fosters life long friendships and helps our young people to see their deafness in a more positive light.

West Scotland Deaf Children’s Society provides social and emotional support to deaf children, young people and their families. For many of our families the clubs provide the only social activity and meaningful peer interaction that the children and young people have, and the only break their carers are able to actually relax and benefit from.

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The Sensory Experience

We provided one hour fully personalised sessions in our state-of-the-art multi-sensory room for young people with disabilities and their carers. This was followed by tea/coffee and cake after the session. Carers had the choice to stay or how they wanted to spend their time.

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Down's Syndrome Scotland Creative Breaks Grant Programme 2015-16

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

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Buddy Connexions

Buddy Connexions aimed to train and match 35 volunteer buddies with 35 children and young people living in East Renfrewshire. The scheme aimed to provide flexible support on a 1-2-1 basis at home or in the community. We provided monthly sessions for young people with their buddy at our Connexions hub in East Renfrewshire.

Befriending networks ‘mapping the gaps’ reported only 8% of reported individuals with learning disabilities being supported by volunteers and none in East Renfrewshire

 

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Time to Live for Mental Health Carers

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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Carers Choice

We provided the Carers Choice Service offering carers an opportunity to have a short break from caring, through a Volunteer Befriender.  Allowing them to spend time with their cared for person (patient) at home.

Carers were offered a choice of accessing Hospice based therapies and support or using the time to catch up with family or friends, or alternatively accessing leisure and recreational activities.

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SDSB Self-directed Short Breaks

We provided grants directly to carers who live in East Renfrewshire and care for someone over the age of 21, to plan and pay for a short break of their choice.

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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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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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