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We provided a Mission Discovery and Adventure Week for 24 deaf children and young people aged 8-15 and 12 were aged 16-18. This took place at Blairvadach on 1-5 August 2016.

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We provided a 4-day group summer activity programme for up to 30 children and young people with cerebral palsy and related conditions.

This physically active and challenging programme, led by therapists, aimed to provide fun activities to help improve the children and young people’s functional postural and mobility skills, enabling their parents/carers to get a break and/or spend time with siblings.

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REACH Lanarkshire Autism Summer Programme 2016

REACH Lanarkshire Autism provided summer activities for children and their families across Lanarkshire living with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

We organised their first ever family break to Lego Land Discovery and Wiston Lodge, we also held 2 sensory sessions for children with significant sensory needs both in North and South Lanarkshire.

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We delivered adaptive bike sessions for disabled communities across Scotland promoting all-inclusive cycling to young people with disabilities and additional support needs.

Bike buddies, support staff, trained staff and volunteers took part in, Cycling Scotland’s accredited Group Cycle Ride Leader in preparation for more sustainable services.

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Indepen-dance provided a 6 day creative dance residency for our Adult Performance Company who have learning disabilities.

It was hosted in the Zinc Arts Centre, Essex, the UK’s first fully accessible and residential arts centre complete with theatre space. Enabling their parents/carers to have a break.

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The Feel Fantastic Fridays Parent Carer Group provided 5 group outings throughout the year for families with a child or young person with Additional Support Needs.

The group meet on a weekly basis for 2 hours, and is facilitated by CLD  to take part in a variety of informal learning courses. Our group is open to parents and carers of children with additional support needs who attend school in the Motherwell Locality both Additional Support Needs provision and mainstream.

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We provided inclusive dance sessions for 2 x 1 hour one evening per week for up to 25 children with learning disabilities, to give them the opportunity to experience a dance activity suited to their needs while their parents have a short break from their caring role.

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Animar is a Saturday activity club for teenagers with additional support needs between the ages of 12-18years. We run for 3 Saturdays each month for 5 hours each session. This regular consistent service has allowed parents and carers to plan and organise their break from their caring role around the service.

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Positive Connections

We provided monthly family support groups for families with children affected by Spina Bifida and/or Hydrocephalus in 3 localities across Scotland.

We provided fully accessible play and support for the children whilst parents/carers had a break from their caring role and time to get together with others with shared experiences.

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We continued to provide our Water Sports Project advancing the technical sailing skills of some of young people. Alongside this we ran 4 Creative Play Workshops on dry land. This allowed us to weave our younger people into our activity programme.

Partners in Play help to support young people with a disability access unique and exciting opportunities throughout North Lanarkshire.


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