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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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A range of respite services available to Kinship Carers – Grandparents and other extended family members in Glasgow who have sole care of their grandchildren or relatives, as a result of parental addictions. The aim is to give sole carers a break from their childcare responsibilities while at the same time offering a positive and enjoyable experience for children and young people.

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We provided grants directly to carers who live in Scotland and are caring for someone with a diagnosis of dementia.

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Flexible respite care at home to support Carers of individuals living with dementia. Cared for individuals receive home support and befriending/activities. Respite is provided to carers whose caring roles are the most demanding and to those who are not currently receiving any respite services.

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Buddies Clubs provide short breaks for adults aged 21-35 years with additional support needs who live in Glasgow and surrounding areas enabling their parents/carers to have overnight respite.

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The Easterhouse Kinship Grup is part of the Banardo’s Youth Involvement and Family Support Project covering the whole of the North East of Glasgow. The group is made up of kinship carers stemming from families affected by substance misuse issues.
The Project sought funding to plan and deliver a programme of short break activities, which was designed, and run, by the Easterhouse Kinship Group. The short breaks benefited the members of the Easterhouse Kinship Carers Group and the children and young people they care for.

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DofE Paddlers on Tour

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.

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Home and Away

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.

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The project has delivered 61 one to one sessions for 27 young people aged12-20 years and provided respite to 50 carers .The coordinator has carried out 27 detailed assessments of needs for 27 young people and 50 assessment of needs for 50 carers.

Young people have been supported by staff to plan and access activities e.g. attending local youth clubs, meet friends for cinema and bowling trips, participate in community events, visits to the science centre,art gallery , shopping , sports etc.

Carers have been able to access gyms, visit relatives, pursue hobbies, relax and have time to themselves.

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