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Stepping Out Rural Breaks for Carers

The Stepping Out® Rural Breaks for Carers project delivered short residential breaks to carers in the remote rural locations of the Isle of Coll and the Isle of Lismore.

The project delivered a programme of activities and events to small groups of carers in these locations.

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Learning Disabilities Befriending Project

We provided 1:1 and group befriending for 60 adults with learning disabilities living in the Scottish Borders.

This encouraged friendships, improved wellbeing, confidence & social skills and provide respite for their family carers. This service was delivered entirely by volunteers.

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Scottish Borders Young Carers Service – Respite Breaks

We were able to provide of a range of short breaks from October 2017 to September 2018 that enabled 77 young carers, aged 7 – 18 years to get a break.

The activities were based in Edinburgh, West Lothian, Fife and the Scottish Borders and were a mix of evening, day and half day activities.

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Fabb Flipside

Fabb Flipside project worked in partnership with 3 local authorities working with families of disabled children who have no access to respite or short breaks. We piloted a highly subsidised progressive programme for 20 families (78 participants) who have children with complex needs.

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Aberlour Options Adventures

Aberlour Options Adventures provided residential and day adventures to young people who have learning disabilities and severe and complex needs.

The service give parents/carers respite and the opportunity to relax or spend quality time with siblings.

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Children & Young People's Befriending Project

83 children and young people with complex needs in the Scottish Borders enjoyed 1:1 and group friendships with peer-age volunteers while their families had a break.

They took part in social & leisure activities, particularly focusing on arts projects, and some groups went on overnight trips.

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We provided a 1 week activity break for 11-14 year olds and two residential weekends for 15-18 year old with vision impairment to promote their independence and allow respite for parents/carers. We provided family days across the country offering peer support and a break from the normal routine.

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We provided grants directly to carers who live in the Scottish Borders.

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Adult Short Breaks Project

We provided 1:1 and group befriending for adults with learning disabilities living in the Scottish Borders.

This provided friendships, improved their wellbeing, confidence & social skills and provide respite for their family carers. The service was delivered entirely by volunteers.

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We provided grants directly to carers who support those affected by mental illness living in Scotland.

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