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We provided a social and active learning programme for young adults in Fife who have autism, learning disabilities and additional support needs.

The program is now running four days each week and several evenings each month, accommodating groups of up to 15 adults on each outing

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Stepping Out Rural Breaks for Carers

The Stepping Out® Rural Breaks for Carers project delivered short residential breaks to carers in the remote rural locations of the Isle of Coll and the Isle of Lismore.

The project delivered a programme of activities and events to small groups of carers in these locations.

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Learning Disabilities Befriending Project

We provided 1:1 and group befriending for 60 adults with learning disabilities living in the Scottish Borders.

This encouraged friendships, improved wellbeing, confidence & social skills and provide respite for their family carers. This service was delivered entirely by volunteers.

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Strictly Come Caring

Our group provided weekly dance sessions followed by a social gathering to reminiscence about all things dancing. Participants enjoy a professionally facilitated seated dance session (which includes the use of musical instruments and a sing-a-long), cuppa and good conversations with new friends.

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The Befriending Project offered carers living in Edinburgh who are caring for someone on an unpaid basis, the opportunity to get a quality break from their caring role on a friendly and informal basis.

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The Carers Choice Service offered carers an opportunity to have a short break from caring, through offering a Volunteer Befriender once a week to spend time with the person they are caring for.

Carers could choose to have some quality time to themselves, or access hospice services.

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Connect.Curate.Create engaged 13 young carers aged 12 – 16 from across the Highland Council region in 5 residential weekend breaks where they had the opportunity to take part in a range of different art form activities and explore the creative industries.

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Get Creative

Our pilot project provided music-based activities for 35 adults with disabilities, in monthly 3-hour sessions in a community venue within Renfrewshire.

This also provided 52 carers from Renfrewshire, Inverclyde and Glasgow with opportunities to take regular breaks, either with or without the person they care for.

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We provided a 5-day summer camp for 50 young people from across Scotland, aged between 8 – 25 years old, living in a family impacted by Huntington’s Disease.

The camp gave young people the chance to grow in confidence and develop personally while getting support on issues relating to Huntington’s Disease and  also being a young carer.

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Scottish Borders Young Carers Service – Respite Breaks

We were able to provide of a range of short breaks from October 2017 to September 2018 that enabled 77 young carers, aged 7 – 18 years to get a break.

The activities were based in Edinburgh, West Lothian, Fife and the Scottish Borders and were a mix of evening, day and half day activities.

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