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Our project increases inclusion for children with multiple disabilities especially complex physical disabilities and raises awareness in mainstream adventure provision about the needs to be inclusive.

Options Adventures is a national short breaks service enabling disabled children across Scotland to access mainstream adventures and experiences while their parents and carers enjoy a short break.

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Activate

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.

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Children & Young People's Befriending Project

We provided 1:1 and group befriending for children and young people with learning disabilities living in the Scottish Borders. Activities included outdoors Wildplay, art, craft and film projects and overnight trips.

This improved their quality of life and gave their family carers the chance to enjoy a life outside of their caring role. The service was delivered entirely by volunteers, most of whom were aged 16-18 years.

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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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Fabb-i-do Weekends

We provided an exciting multi-activity themed programme for 110 children and young people who have a range of complex needs,  this providing invaluable respite for families.

Themes ranged from Weird Science, Music Live, Fab Food, Academy Awards, Art Attack,Wild Camping, Bushcraft and Superheroes.

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Time to Live for Mental Health Carers

We provided grants directly to carers who care for an adult with serious mental health problems or mental illness living in Scotland.

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Short Breaks for people with Dementia & their Carers

We provided grants directly to carers who care for people living with dementia to plan and pay for a short break of their choice.

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Autism Initiatives Activity Break Project

We provided short breaks for groups of autistic adults who do not access short break services as part of their regular support.

The breaks provided respite for families and opportunities to learn skills in a new setting, thereby improving a range of quality of life outcomes and reducing parent/carer anxiety.

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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 improved their quality of life and gave their family carers the chance to enjoy a life outside of their caring role. The service was delivered entirely by volunteers.

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We provided grants directly to carers who care for an adult with serious mental health problems or mental illness, living in Scotland.

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