We provided grants directly to carers who live in Lanarkshire.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We provided a playscheme 3 days per week during the Spring, Summer and October school breaks, and some special themed days for children and young people with additional support needs. Parents/carers enjoy their respite while their youngsters enjoy themselves in a safe environment.
Now in our 20th year Stanmore Playscheme provides appropriate fun and safe activities for youngsters who have additional support needs. It is administered by a small group of volunteers and staffed by experienced personnel during holiday breaks.
We provided a 1 week activity break for 11-14 year olds and two residential weekends for 15-18 year olds who are blind or partially sighted help promote their independence and allow respite for carers.
We also provided a family residential weekend in Dumfries & Galloway offering peers support and a break for the normal routine.
Partners in Play delivered a yearly programme of activities which revolved around the theme ‘Movement and Motion’ for young people with additional support needs. The carers of these young people were then able to enjoy time out from their respective caring roles.
We worked in partnership with Glasgow Clyde college and Auchengillan Outdoor Centre, who provided the base for an exciting and innovative experience for young people between 10 and 18 years with a range of additional support needs.
We provided Saturday clubs 3 times per month in Orbiston YMCA in Bellshill, for young people aged 12 -18 years and who have additional support needs.
Our Animar project for young people with additional support needs is an independence promoting group that focus on 5 strategic areas, Family, Learning, Environment, Peers and Community.
The Schools Out Project provided an activity programme led by the interests of children and young people with learning disabilities and multiple support needs in North Lanarkshire and Fife.
These sessions provided the children and young people with fun and friendship with peers utilising community resources whilst parents and carers benefited from a regular break from their caring role.