We provided an exciting multi-activity themed programme for 110 children and young people who have a range of complex needs, this providing invaluable respite for families.
Themes ranged from Weird Science, Music Live, Fab Food, Academy Awards, Art Attack,Wild Camping, Bushcraft and Superheroes.
We provided grants directly to carers who care for an adult who has Down’s Syndrome and who lives with them.
We provided grants directly to carers who care for an adult with serious mental health problems or mental illness living in Scotland.
We organised a social gardening group for carers of adults aged 16+ with Autism. The aim was to enable communication with others in a similar situation.
The increased communication would, hopefully reduce loneliness and social isolation and also increase confidence and development skills to help the young people feel empowered.
We provided grants directly to carers who care for people living with dementia to plan and pay for a short break of their choice.
We delivered a pilot remote rural Dark Sky Astronomy Residential Short Break for Carers in March 2016. There were 8 carers on the break.
Places were filled from the initial publicity shots and were prioritised for carers living in Edinburgh and areas of deprivation. The break took place on the Isle of Coll, one of only 2 Dark Sky accredited sites in Scotland.
We provided support groups for Young Carers aged 7-15, Young Adult Carers aged 16-25 and Adult Carers aged 30 plus based at The Broomhouse Centre, covering the South West of Edinburgh.
The support groups provided Adult Carers and Young Carers with much needed respite from their caring role.
We provided short breaks for groups of autistic adults who do not access short break services as part of their regular support.
The breaks provided respite for families and opportunities to learn skills in a new setting, thereby improving a range of quality of life outcomes and reducing parent/carer anxiety.
We provided activities for young adults with complex learning and communication disabilities and autism.
The programme offered opportunities to participate in activities that will continue to the development of life skills, experience new social settings and new life experiences encouraging personal development and growth towards independence.
We provided a weekend family conference for 40 families affected by Spina Bifida and/or Hydrocephalus.
Families enjoyed a weekend break at Crieff Hydro and were able to meet other families in a similar position and enjoy talks from healthcare and medical professionals.