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.
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.
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..
We provided grants directly to carers who provide care and support to people with serious mental health problems and mental illness
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.
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.
We provided grants directly to carers who live in Edinburgh and provide, on average, more than 20 hours of care a week.
A team originally of 8 young people, but dropping to 7 got together to learn navigation, wild camp craft, (including outdoor cooking skills), videography and canoeing skills. The events occurred in East Dunbartonshire, Glasgow, Ayrshire, Lochgoilhead and on Loch Goil and Loch Lomond.
The team canoed on open water, took part in self-rescue skills, (capsize drill) and camped on remote islands on the Loch. In addition a water sports based residential opportunity for 10 young people lasting 5 days was provided in Lochgoilhead. They then worked together to produce a video summary and have spoken at events to promote their activities.
Every year we organise special breaks for our families. The children and young people we support have cancer or leukaemia – a long term or incurable disease. Many of our families are on low incomes because they are carers and have had to give up paid employment.
We have been able to offer new and additional holidays to the families who come to us for support. Holidays have included to Torquay in Devon and Donnas Dreamhouse in Blackpool.
To date we have delivered respite services to 2 young people and 3 carers, a 5 week arts club and an 8 week photography club.
Young people have gone out for dinner, gone to the pantomime, visited local fetes, had walks along the beach, massage/girly pampering sessions, visited local parks, taken lots of photographs, made lots of art works and held an exhibition.