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We provide a weekly social club for up to 17 young adults each week with a range of disabilities living in Edinburgh. The Club provides a chance to meet up with friends, try out new activities and basically have fun on a Saturday night whilst providing a chance for their parents/carers to have time for themselves.

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Social Clubs for young adults with challenging behaviour

To provide a weekly social club for isolated young adults with additional support needs and challenging behaviour between the ages of 20 and 30 so they can socialise and take part in monthly outings. The social club runs for 50 weeks of the year on Wednesday nights from 6 to 9pm. Club night also provides vital time off for the parent(s) of the young people who all live at home and many of their parent(s) may not be so young themselves or may have their own health issues.

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LifeCare - Time Out for Carers Aspirations and Needs

We provided carers of people with dementia, long-term conditions, and disabilities in Edinburgh with a total of 500 hours of replacement care over a year to enable them to plan and take time for themselves away from their caring role to do the things that were most important to them.

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Outward Mobility short breaks pilot

Our Outward Mobility Project piloted a short break service with an initial 15 adults with learning disabilities from Edinburgh and the Lothians. We aim to broaden our students’ experience, enabling them to access tailored activities engaging with nature and the outdoors. Through this service we also aim to provide a valuable window of respite for their carers.

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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, facilitated and supported the delivery of sibling support group work programmes to children living in a family with a sibling who has a disability..

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We provided grants directly to carers who provide care and support to people with serious mental health problems and mental illness

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We provide weekend residential short breaks for carers called Stepping Out. The breaks are organised with activities, therapies, learning something new, outings, events and lots of social opportunities to bring carers together. Carers are free to join in with all the activities on offer or to take time out as they please.

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Hopscotch Short Breaks

We organised 2 short 5 day breaks for 16 older people with dementia to Argour, Ardnamurchan Peninsula, West Scotland which also gave their carers space to organise their own respite break.

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We provided grants directly to carers who live in Edinburgh and provide, on average, more than 20 hours of care a week.

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