We provided grants directly to carers who live in Edinburgh and provide, on average, more than 20 hours of care a week.
We provided grants directly to carers who live in Aberdeenshire and are aged 18years and over and have a caring role as a parent, partner, relative or friend. These carers provide care to people who have a huge variety of health conditions such as Dementia, Parkinsons, M.S. and cancers as well as those who care for adults with Additional Support Needs and the frail and elderly.
The Easterhouse Kinship Grup is part of the Banardo’s Youth Involvement and Family Support Project covering the whole of the North East of Glasgow. The group is made up of kinship carers stemming from families affected by substance misuse issues.
The Project sought funding to plan and deliver a programme of short break activities, which was designed, and run, by the Easterhouse Kinship Group. The short breaks benefited the members of the Easterhouse Kinship Carers Group and the children and young people they care for.
We run two adult clubs and two teenage clubs for people with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The clubs meet fortnightly in Dunfermline, Leuchars, Kirkcaldy and Methil. The main aim is to improve social skills through improving access to social and leisure opportunities, interactive games and outings. As additional funding allows, we offer short breaks, eg to Teen Ranch. Both clubs and short breaks offer respite to family carers and the service users.
We attended Teenranch (Activity Centre) near Dundee on a long weekend activity break for 21 Asperger Syndrome Disorder (ASD) adults and 5 carers from Fife. 2 staff 5 Volunteers also attended to supervise and manage the weekend activity break. The activity break provided respite time for attendees taking them away from daily routines and stresses. Additionally respite time will be experienced by carers and family at home.
Activities at Teenranch included Horse Riding, Canoeing, Archery, BMX biking, Sports Hall with a range of game facilities.
The project also introduced new experiences and activities to attendees who were encouraged and supervised in group activities provided at the Centre to include Horse Riding, Canoeing, Archery, BMX Biking, Sorts Hall/Games etc. The group involvement and short residential experience are seen as invaluable in a developmental context. Therefore in addition to the respite provision this group activity involvement is invaluable in increasing self confidence and self esteem and also in improving social interaction skills.
We provided a group trip for carers of adults with learning disabilities who live in the Western Isles.
We provided support to carers who looked after family and friends with dementia and the elderly frail in the Levenmouth area. We helped by providing day care and short breaks to cares. We also offered support to carers by having event days and invited them into Arden House to help elevate the stress they felt.
Our project enabled 5 Scottish adults, who have Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI) , to attend our Family Weekend Conference, by covering the travel and accommodation costs for them, their family carers and their children if any. The event was held in London in August 2014.
Reaching Out has provided local children who are on the autistic spectrum and their siblings age 5 – 18yrs the opportunity to socialise and try out new activities. The children are enjoying arts and crafts and have had great trips out including trips to Linn Park, Lamont Farm and autism friendly cinema trips.
We also have weekly play sessions and music workshops which allows parents/carers to have a chance to relax or meet other parents who are in similar situations.
A team originally of 8 young people, but dropping to 7 got together to learn navigation, wild camp craft, (including outdoor cooking skills), videography and canoeing skills. The events occurred in East Dunbartonshire, Glasgow, Ayrshire, Lochgoilhead and on Loch Goil and Loch Lomond.
The team canoed on open water, took part in self-rescue skills, (capsize drill) and camped on remote islands on the Loch. In addition a water sports based residential opportunity for 10 young people lasting 5 days was provided in Lochgoilhead. They then worked together to produce a video summary and have spoken at events to promote their activities.
Every year we organise special breaks for our families. The children and young people we support have cancer or leukaemia – a long term or incurable disease. Many of our families are on low incomes because they are carers and have had to give up paid employment.
We have been able to offer new and additional holidays to the families who come to us for support. Holidays have included to Torquay in Devon and Donnas Dreamhouse in Blackpool.