Our aim was to provide more opportunities for children and young adults with disabilities to participate in sport and physical exercise across the Highlands.
We did this by offering a number of taster sessions which included outdoor pursuits. We also purchased running bikes to enable us to run regular sessions in this and gymnastics was our other chosen regular sessions.
To support the continuation of an annual multi-sport, pan disability residential sports camp held at Largs National Sports Centre in July 2014.
Demand for the camps is growing and we cannot expand places or provide additional equipment. The camps are three days long, very positive and intensive for participants and a great chance for carer respite.
We provided 1 and 2 night weekend breaks, as well as Saturday or Sunday outings/activities for young people aged 8 – 18 with additional support needs.
These weekends and outings provided a fantastic opportunity for our young people to socialise with their friends, have fun trying out new things and help develop life skills. Carers benefited from a much needed break from their caring role
SOAR Holiday clubs provided independent social activity groups for young people of school age with significant/multiple support needs in Easter Ross.
The clubs provided young people with independent opportunities to meet up with peers, whilst also providing their carers with regular planned periods of respite throughout the school holidays.
Our project enabled 5 Scottish children, who have OI (Osteogenesis Imperfecta) , to attend our Family Weekend Conference, by covering the travel and accommodation costs for them and their family carers. The event was held in London in August 2014.
RNIB Activate delivered a programme of activities for children and young people living with sight loss and their families across Scotland.
A programme of residential short breaks for groups of young adults with a diagnosis of autism who do not access short break services as part of their regular support.
Primary elements of the residential short breaks we offered were to provide essential respite to parents/carers as well as giving the opportunity to participants to engage in new activities and learn new skills in a new environment.
We provided grants directly to carers who care for an adult who has Down’s syndrome who lives with them.
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 grants directly to carers including young carers who live in the Highland region that enable them to have a break and recharge their batteries.