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.
The grant enabled us to improve the range of activities we could offer 12 cared for adults with disabilities who attend our Wednesday Family Club.
We provided grants directly to carers who support those affected by mental illness living in Scotland.
We provided a fully-supported, managed, all-inclusive residential multi-sports and activity camp for 35 youngsters at the newly refurbished accessible Inverclyde Centre in Largs.
The camp was four days long and provides a positive, inclusive and active environment for youngsters aged 10-18 with a physical or sensory impairment.
We provided a 5-day summer camp for 35 young people, 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.
We provided a six day creative dance residency for 20 adults with learning disabilities in June 2017 in Belfast.
Indepen-dance is a Glasgow based inclusive dance development company, providing dance for disabled people via an annual core programme of weekly creative movement classes, quarterly training courses and performances opportunities.
We provided five residential 5 day sail training voyages for young carers in 2017.
The holistic voyage experience sailing around the Scottish coast enabled young carers to develop new interests and skills, lasting friendships, and lead their own life outwith their caring responsibilities.
We provided Big Days Out (full days of respite) for Young Carers aged 5-21 so they could have a break from their caring responsibilities.
These trips were chosen by the young people and were activities that they would not normally be able to access due to transport, supervision or cost.
We organised a series of residential weekend short breaks for Young Carers and Young Adult Carers and 4 day trips for Adult Carers over the course of the year in order to improve their health and wellbeing by accessing new respite opportunities.
Our Supper Club provided carer and the person they care for who has an Acquired Brain Injury to go out in the evening to a social event. To enjoy each other’s company and meet other carers with similar challenges in a relaxed, fun and supported environment. It enabled carer and cared for to make friends, build shared memories and experiences.
Frequently after an Acquired Brain Injury personalities can dramatically change and for carers it is like learning to live with a totally different person than before the accident. We aim to improve quality of life for carers and those they care for and to enable them to feel better supported to sustain their caring role.