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MECOPP organised a programme of short breaks for carers, and those they care for, from the Gypsy/Traveller community in Scotland.

These culturally appropriate breaks promoted positive wellbeing, reduced isolation and increased knowledge about carer services in local communities.

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Stepping Out Rural Breaks for Carers

The Stepping Out® Rural Breaks for Carers project delivered short residential breaks to carers in the remote rural locations of the Isle of Coll and the Isle of Lismore.

The project delivered a programme of activities and events to small groups of carers in these locations.

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The Befriending Project offered carers living in Edinburgh who are caring for someone on an unpaid basis, the opportunity to get a quality break from their caring role on a friendly and informal basis.

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We provided a 5-day summer camp for 50 young people from across Scotland, aged between 8 – 25 years old, living in a family impacted by Huntington’s Disease.

The camp gave young people the chance to grow in confidence and develop personally while getting support on issues relating to Huntington’s Disease and  also being a young carer.

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Broomhouse Young Carers

Broomhouse Young Carers Project aimed to improve the quality of life for young carers age 7-25 years in South West Edinburgh. We provide a range of support for Young Carers through group work/peer support and residential’s, giving opportunities for respite and head space away from their caring role.

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Fabb Flipside

Fabb Flipside project worked in partnership with 3 local authorities working with families of disabled children who have no access to respite or short breaks. We piloted a highly subsidised progressive programme for 20 families (78 participants) who have children with complex needs.

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Our project enabled young people living with Cystic Fibrosis to have one to one befriending support while their carer used the time to explore other activities whilst having a break from their carer role.

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We developed provision of a 1 week family holiday for a maximum of 25 families with children and young people aged 5-18 years with a very wide range of complex physical and learning difficulties together with their families in a fully equipped residential caravan with at the Berwick Holiday Centre.

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UpMo Extra: Friday Night and Weekend Activities

We provided activities for young people up to 20 years who have additional support needs and who live in Edinburgh or The Lothians. We ran a supper club and disco between our regular hours, a 2 night break and 9 day and evening trips.

Upward Mobility supports adults with additional support needs, we provide a range of workshops, which assist students to realise their potential & live full, happy lives. Students can also attend day, evening & multi-night breaks, giving carers much needed respite.

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The Yard - Youth Clubs

The Yard provided three youth clubs for disabled teenagers to have fun, be independent and aid them in the transition to adulthood. Through these clubs, we also enabled carers to receive respite once a week for 2.5 hours 48 weeks of the year.

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