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NDCS Better Breaks for Deaf Young People & their Families

We provided a weekend for families with deaf children aged 2-4 years with information sessions included education & technology.  We also provided a My Future weekend for deaf young people aged 16-20 years to meet, explore options for the future, & find out about support available when moving on in education/employment.

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Our project enabled 5 Scottish adults who have OI (Osteogenesis Imperfecta), to attend our Family Weekend Conference with their family carers and children if any.

The event was held in Manchester the weekend of 11th Sep 2015.

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We provided grants directly to carers who care for someone living with dementia. The break or activity must help to decrease carer stress, increase carer wellbeing and help them sustain their caring role.

It is aimed that this is done without adverse effect on the person that they care for and mostly an alternative to traditional respite.

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We provided grants directly to carers who live in South Ayrshire

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A 5-day summer camp for 45 young people aged 8 – 25 years old, living in a family affected by Huntington’s disease.

The camp included a range of daytime and evening activities as well as one-to-one and group sessions with Scottish Huntington’s Association Specialist Youth Advisors, on the issues surrounding Huntington’s disease and being a young carer.

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Down's Syndrome Scotland Creative Breaks Fund

We provided grants directly to carers who care for an adult who has Down’s Syndrome who lives with them.

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Social & Emotional Support to Deaf Children and their Families

West Scotland Deaf Children’s Society provides social and emotional support to deaf children and their families.

Better breaks funding enabled us to offer many opportunities for our young people to meet and mix with an age appropriate peer group at our Saturday Sign Activity Club, a youth group and in partnership with St Roch’s Secondary School an after school club.

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We provided grants directly to carers who care for a child who has Down’s Syndrome and who live with them.

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To support the continuation of an annual multi-sport, pan disability residential sports camp held at Largs National Sports Centre in July 2014.

Demand for the camps is growing and we cannot expand places or provide additional equipment. The camps are three days long, very positive and intensive for participants and a great chance for carer respite.

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Trust Rugby has developed Tri Tours working with players aged 15-21, by taking groups on day and overnight trips to learn rugby and interact with peers to develop social skills allowing individuals to achieve their goals, build confidence and empower individuals.

This will also give parents and carers the opportunity to relax knowing that the person is in a safe environment.

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