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We provided group activities for 1.5 hours each Thursday evening for up to 20 children with learning disabilities, autism and other related long term conditions, whilst their parents had a break from their caring role.

The activities, included cooking (taught by an experienced chef over a 4 week period), painting, games, outdoor pursuits, and entertainment was also provided.

We also had a short term respite care service at Kinvara, a home in Stranraer which provided valued respite care for children and adults supported by Turning Point Scotland. There was overnight respite each month for children at Kinvara, plus 1 day activity following the sleepover. The service concluded with an activity weekend to Kielder in January 2017.

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Tri Camp Team Mate Dates

Our project used rugby as a vehicle, through Team Mate Dates to equip young people with additional support need with key life skills and helped with their personal development and giving them confidence to meet new people.

A big part of Team Mate Dates is the fact that the young people play rugby, train regularly and socialise with a diverse group of people, which contributes to reducing inequalities within the team and the wider community.

The project promoted integration, social connectedness and activity opportunities that will support future career development and workability by bringing together the different teams that Trust Rugby International have established to date in the West and East of Scotland, Ayrshire Clan, Edinburgh Clan, Glasgow Clan and young people at the transition age (16-20 year old) in Additional Support Needs Schools. They became integrated within a mainstream sport and social activity with the potential of future employment.

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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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Teens Plus Youth Club

Orkney Teens Plus Youth Club is a youth club that provides young people between the age of 13 and 20 years with additional support needs and the opportunity to enjoy various crafts and activities whilst interacting socially with one another.

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Hand in Hand

We provided a peer buddying initiative providing social & recreational opportunities for 35 young people with Learning Disabilities and 10 Peer Buddies, through a fun and diverse developmental programme of activities.

The project also offers respite to the families and carers of the young people that participate.

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We provided 44 2 hour sessions (2 each week for 22 weeks) for children with autism to play and socialise with their peers while their carers had a break from caring.

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Short Breaks for Children and Young People with Additional Support Needs and their Families and Carers

We provided group outings for children and young people with additional support needs and their families across Falkirk and Clackmannanshire during the school summer holidays, Christmas holidays and Spring holiday time.

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East Inclusion Football Group

We enhanced and created footballing and social opportunities for young people and adults with multiple additional support needs from Tayside & Fife.

We engaged with over 280 individuals by creating and developing self-sustainable disability football teams to provided respite for their carers in the Scottish FA East Region.

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We provided 7 weeks of holiday playscheme, 8 Saturday sessions and 2 Saturday Christmas respite sessions for children and young people with additional support needs living in Perth and Kinross.

This allowed carers time to themselves and the opportunity for the children and young people to develop skills.

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Aberfeldy Plus

We ran a youth club for children with additional support needs for 1.5 hours per week during term time in Aberfeldy.

This allowed carers some respite.

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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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