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REACH Lanarkshire Autism Programme and Indepen-dance Sessions 2017

Our project involved day trips for families to Bo’ness Railway Station and the Yard in Edinburgh and we also took families on a 2 day trip to Blackpool. As well as this, we set up Indepen-dance sessions in South Lanarkshire.

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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 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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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 provided grants directly to carers who live in Lanarkshire.

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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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Corseford School Summer Club 2017

We provided a 2 week Summer Club, including transport and intensive staffing, for 14 children with complex support needs. One tailored week for older and one for younger pupils.

An activity and play based club for children unable to access community run schemes due to their high level care needs.

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We provided a summer activity programme for 18 children and young people with cerebral palsy and related conditions.

The physically active and challenging programme, led by therapists, provided a variety of fun activities to promote functional postural and mobility skills through participation in sports and arts, thereby enabling the children and young people’s parents/carers to get a break and/or spend time with their siblings.

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Outdoor Activities

We enjoyed a trip to a dairy farm which was provided by Royal Highland Education Trust and we hope to take part in another outing with them next year. As a celebration, we were able to take part in a residential stay at Auchengillan Outdoor Activity Centre and we took part in various outdoor and indoor activities which everyone really enjoyed. This is our second year running this project.

Our group supports families who have children with additional support needs and we do this in a variety of ways. This project involved a session in allotment skills every Sunday. Young people got to take part in learning how to manage an allotment, how to grow and care for plants and flowers and linked in the theory with health and well being.

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