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We facilitated regular Saturday sessions for young people aged 14-18 years with a range of support needs who are socially isolated.

To promote confidence, life skills and social connections while enabling carers to have time for themselves, see friends and family including dedicated time with non-disabled children, and provide identified carer-specific support sessions.

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Families Programme

Our Families Programme provided a planned programme of events and activities for parents or guardians who have a child with additional support needs and their siblings.

The programme allows families to participate in events and activities in a safe, secure, supported and fun environment without fear of judgement or discrimination.

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Glee and Wee Glee Clubs

SupERkids provided two weekly drama, dance and movement clubs for young people with multiple support needs living in East Renfrewshire aged 5 to 18 years, who due to their support needs cannot access mainstream clubs.

This year we also ran a Harry Potter Film Club for older teenagers. Our mission is for young people with additional support needs to have fun and raise their confidence and for carers to obtain some free time respite from their caring responsibilities.

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Super Hero Stories

We provided art workshops for young people on the Autistic Spectrum. The young people created their very own comic strip, from character design and development through to story boarding and dialogue.

They had a chance to create their own unique stories and characters throughout the workshops with support from professional comic book tutors.

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SNAP Breaks

SNAP provided fun leisure activities of 6 hours at weekends and weekend breaks of 48 and 28 hours to children aged 5 to 20 with multiple support needs.

This helped their parents and carers to have time to themselves and helped our young people to increase their independence and social skills.

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Adventure Breaks for Young People

We provided Adventure Breaks an exciting partnership between Quarriers, Outfit Moray and its partners Earthtime and the Elgin Youth Café and Elgin High School.

Adventure Breaks aimed to make outdoor learning and adventure accessible to all, irrespective of ability, financial position or location and provided activities such as abseiling, canoeing and mountain biking to actively develop potential by building self-confidence, growing self-esteem, encouraging life skills, increasing happiness and improving health and well-being.

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Schools Out

The Schools Out Project provided an activity programme led by the interests of children and young people with learning disabilities and multiple support needs in North Lanarkshire and Fife.

These sessions provided the children and young people with fun and friendship with peers utilising community resources whilst parents and carers benefited from a regular break from their caring role.

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Campsie View Fun Club

Campsie View Fun Club provided children with learning disabilities the opportunity to spend leisure time with their peers for three hours after school, one day per week for twenty weeks, doing fun activities.

The Club also enabled the carers of the children to have a break from their caring role.

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Stay and Play Moray

Quarriers provided fun activities at weekends, evenings and during school holidays for children with multiple additional needs at multiple community venues across Moray.

Carers, parents and family members were invited to stay and play with their children and/or join in with short break activities such as health, beauty and yoga sessions.

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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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