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We provided weekly befriending sessions for Carers aged 60 years + who due to their high caring role combined with their own health issues had become increasingly isolated, disconnected from their local community and suffering from high levels of stress with little or no time for themselves.

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We provided 25 places for Glasgow children to attend our holiday playschemes over a period of 8 weeks over the year.

This gave families who have children with complex needs the opportunity to have some much needed respite while their young people were looked after in a safe, caring and stimulating environment.

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We offered carers an opportunity to have a short break from caring, by offering a Volunteer Befriender once a week to spend time with the person they are caring for.

Carers had some quality time to themselves, or could use this time to access hospice based activities and support.

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Epilepsy Connections Outward Bound Activity Weekend Break

We provided a family break to Ardentinny Outdoor Centre in September 2017. Families took part in a programme of fun, challenging activities.

Epilepsy Connections work in Greater Glasgow & Clyde, Forth Valley and Ayrshire & Arran to support children and adults with epilepsy, and their families, to live as well as possible with what can be a lifelong, unpredictable disease. The suite of services we offer has been developed in collaboration with people who have epilepsy and those who support them.

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We provided grants directly to carers who live within or care for someone within the Glasgow City boundary.

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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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SHAYP Summer Camp 2017

We provided a 5-day summer camp for 35 young people, aged 8 – 25 years old, living in a family affected by Huntington’s Disease.

The camp included a range of daytime and evening activities as well as one-to-one and group sessions with Scottish Huntington’s Association Specialist Youth Advisors, on the issues surrounding Huntington’s disease and being a young carer.

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Creative Residency

We provided a six day creative dance residency for 20 adults with learning disabilities in June 2017 in Belfast.

Indepen-dance is a Glasgow based inclusive dance development company, providing dance for disabled people via an annual core programme of weekly creative movement classes, quarterly training courses and performances opportunities.

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Adventure Under Sail for Young Carers

We provided five residential 5 day sail training voyages for young carers in 2017.

The holistic voyage experience sailing around the Scottish coast enabled young carers to develop new interests and skills, lasting friendships, and lead their own life outwith their caring responsibilities.

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