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Peer Mentor Support Project

We facilitated peer support activities for young people with learning disabilities. Each week young people have participated in activities they have chosen, supported by our peer mentor volunteers, enabling their parents/carers to enjoy respite, knowing the young people are safe and happy.

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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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Personal Development Opportunities through Sport

We provided fun football activity sessions for children and young people with disabilities within the Scottish East Region Community Football Clubs.

These fun football activities aimed to develop friendships, communication, teamwork and health improvements from physical activity. Their carers also benefit from significant respite hours.

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We provided two breaks for children with cancer and leukaemia and their families, one to Haggerston Castle Family Caravan Park and another to Hilton Coylumbridge near Aviemore.

This allowed them to relax and have fun as a family, but also to meet others in the same situation as them.

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Aberlour Options Adventures

Aberlour Options Adventures provided residential and day adventures to young people who have learning disabilities and severe and complex needs.

The service give parents/carers respite and the opportunity to relax or spend quality time with siblings.

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We provided a 1 week activity break for 11-14 year olds and two residential weekends for 15-18 year old with vision impairment to promote their independence and allow respite for parents/carers. We provided family days across the country offering peer support and a break from the normal routine.

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Activity Sessions for Adults with Disabilities

We provided a core activity programme of two art sessions per week a 42 weeks (84 sessions) and shorter programmes of woodland activity (12 sessions overall) for those with less mobility problems.

Carers could join the sessions with their cared for adult or take time for themselves. In addition to this we piloted two activity days for young carers providing summer outdoor activities for the young carers on their own and also a day to enjoy with their families. This included a campfire, crafting activities and woodland and beach walk.

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The Recreation Program

We ran a Recreation Programme for young adults who have autism, communication disorders, learning and other disabilities.

The aim of this social inclusion project, which is fully supported by our staff and volunteers, is to help people make friends, build confidence and self esteem, learn to support each other, work as a team, increase independence and, most of all, have fun in a group environment.

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We provided grants directly to carers who support those affected by mental illness living in Scotland.

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Scottish Disability Sport Junior Summer Camp

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.

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