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.
We provided grants directly to carers who provide care and support to people with serious mental health problems and mental illness
We provided grants directly to carers who live in Scotland and are caring for someone with a diagnosis of dementia.
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.
To date we have delivered:
• 3 x 48 hour weekend breaks – to Lagannlia near Aviemore, Grantown on Spey and Nethy Bridge.
• 1x 28 hour weekend break on the banks of Loch Ness. We have stayed in accommodation as diverse as bunkhouses, wigwams, chalets and a converted railway station.
• 9 x 6hr (Out & Abouts) breaks, Out & About in the community or based at Drummond School. Our activities have ranged from den building, swimming, Art & Craft days, going to Eden Court to see the Singing Kettle, go-Karting, trips to town for the teens and watching Inverness Caley matches to name but a few.
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.