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We provided social activities for 3 hours every Wednesday evening and 5 hours on a weekend once a month for 25 young adults with learning difficulties, disabilities and/or challenging behaviour, while their carers had some much needed time for themselves.

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We provided grants directly to carers who live in Midlothian.

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Children 1st Midlothian Young Carers ran groups for Young Carers, provided individual support, delivered a summer activities programme and took Young Carers on a residential.

This provided respite from their usual caring duties and allowed them to take part in activities which were fun, developed their confidence, self esteem and social skills and built resilience.

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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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Our Supper Club provided carer and the person they care for who has an Acquired Brain Injury to go out in the evening to a social event. To enjoy each other’s company and meet other carers with similar challenges in a relaxed, fun and supported environment. It enabled carer and cared for to make friends, build shared memories and experiences.

Frequently after an Acquired Brain Injury personalities can dramatically change and for carers it is like learning to live with a totally different person than before the accident. We aim to improve quality of life for carers and those they care for and to enable them to feel better supported to sustain their caring role.

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We provided grants directly to carers who are caring for person(s) living with dementia living in Scotland.

Being a national organisation we offer the same opportunity all applicants no matter their geographical location, giving them a break from their caring role.

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We organised a programme of short breaks (residential and day events) for carers, and those being cared for, from the Gypsy/Traveller community in rural and urban areas of Scotland.

Each break was designed to reduce isolation, promote wellbeing and improve knowledge of mainstream carer-related services.

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Special Breaks CCLASP Families

We provided three short holidays for families with children suffering from cancer and leukaemia. Fifteen families enjoyed a trip to Craig Tara in Ayr, while a further 12 enjoyed a break to Aviemore at their request. One recently bereaved family visited London.

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Outward Mobility is a short break service provided by Upward Mobility, offering support through workshops and residential trips as well as a wide range of activities for young people with disabilities.

It aims to increase independence, create opportunities, enhance social skills and provide new experiences for the young people we work with.
Outward Mobility also aims to develop relationships between carers and those they care for. Parents and carers benefit from getting a break from their care-giving role and have a chance to re-charge their batteries. Attendees are able to come home with great stories of their trip that they can share at home.

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Beeslack All Stars DSC

We provided 2 two hour sessions of various sports per week for children and young adults with additional support needs and their siblings.

Giving respite to family units, support to siblings and also provide “Parent Natter Nite” to share support and bring in outside agencies to support when required.

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