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Totally YAC Group

Our Totally Young Adult Carers Group provides a range of monthly age appropriate and varied activities for young adult carers aged 16-25 enabling them are able to have a break from their caring responsibilities.

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Big Days Out!

We provided Big Days Out (full days of respite) for Young Carers aged 5-21 so they could have a break from their caring responsibilities.

These trips were chosen by the young people and were activities that they would not normally be able to access due to transport, supervision or cost.

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We organised a series of residential weekend short breaks for Young Carers and Young Adult Carers and 4 day trips for Adult Carers over the course of the year in order to improve their health and wellbeing by accessing new respite opportunities.

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Carers Hub Dalmellington

We provided support to carers within our Hub in Dalmellington offering advice, information, support, respite, training, social and leisure activities to carers, their cared for and families living in the Doon Valley of East Ayrshire.

We delivered lunch clubs, coffee mornings, support groups, themed training and one off events.

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Young Carers Project Cowal & Bute

We provided a 3 day residential to Ardroy Outdoor Centre for young carers aged 8-12 years from Cowal & Bute.

The young people took part in Canoeing, Jacob’s Ladder, Splosh, Labyrinth and other activities! In addition, the project supported young carers aged 12-18 years to attend the Scottish Young Carers Festival.

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We provided complementary therapy sessions for unpaid carers and those being cared for, with up to 4 complementary therapy sessions each.

To be eligible carers had to reside with the person they care for and vice- versa. Each session lasted for an hour in total.

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Our Supper Club provided carer and the person they care for who has an Acquired Brain Injury to go out in the evening to a social event. To enjoy each other’s company and meet other carers with similar challenges in a relaxed, fun and supported environment. It enabled carer and cared for to make friends, build shared memories and experiences.

Frequently after an Acquired Brain Injury personalities can dramatically change and for carers it is like learning to live with a totally different person than before the accident. We aim to improve quality of life for carers and those they care for and to enable them to feel better supported to sustain their caring role.

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Fantasy Island-5 day Trip to Scotland Highlands

We provided a creative break holiday for 17 Chinese carers and persons requiring care in the Scottish Highlands.

Due to language barriers and cultural differences, mainstream services are not meeting the needs of our clients. This break allowed them to relax and obtain peer support as well as learning more about Scottish culture and history.

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Young Adults Creative Breaks

We provided four breaks at various locations throughout the UK for young adults whose lives are affected by life long disabilities so that they could pursue their interests, discover new passions and have fun together with a group of their friends and peers.

They were supported by our staff and giving their entire families and carers some well-needed respite. Each break lasted for 5 days and 4 nights away from home.

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We provided a weekly social club for adults who are socially isolated due to reduced physical and mental well being we gave their carers time to have a break from their caring responsibilities.

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