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MECOPP organised a programme of short breaks for carers, and those they care for, from the Gypsy/Traveller community in Scotland.

These culturally appropriate breaks promoted positive wellbeing, reduced isolation and increased knowledge about carer services in local communities.

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Our project enabled young people living with Cystic Fibrosis to have one to one befriending support while their carer used the time to explore other activities whilst having a break from their carer role.

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We provided two breaks for children with cancer and leukaemia and their families, one to Haggerston Castle Family Caravan Park and another to Hilton Coylumbridge near Aviemore.

This allowed them to relax and have fun as a family, but also to meet others in the same situation as them.

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We provided fun weekly activities for 11-21 year old children and young people with Epilepsy and additional support needs and 2 residential weekend breaks. Allowing carers additional support so that they could have a break.

 

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Branch Out

Branch Out Project provided a programme of outdoor activities for young people with autism approaching school leaving age that builds resilience through increased confidence and self-esteem.

The Outdoor pursuits helped the young people gain skills in team working that aims equip them for life after school.

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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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Scottish Disability Sport Junior Summer Camp

We provided a fully-supported, managed, all-inclusive residential multi-sports and activity camp for 35 youngsters at the newly refurbished accessible Inverclyde Centre in Largs.

The camp was four days long and provides a positive, inclusive and active environment for youngsters aged 10-18 with a physical or sensory impairment.

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SHAYP Summer Camp 2017

We provided a 5-day summer camp for 35 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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We provided grants directly to carers and young carers who live in West Lothian.

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We provided grants directly to carers who are caring for person(s) living with dementia living in Scotland.

Being a national organisation we offer the same opportunity all applicants no matter their geographical location, giving them a break from their caring role.

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"As a family we were at breaking point...this break brought us all closer together and enabled us to have fun as a family and enjoy different surroundings. I can't thank you enough...for making this happen for us."

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