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West of Scotland Sailing adventure – In July 2013 10 blind and partially sighted CYP sailed from Oban aboard Alba Volunteer for a 5 day/4 night sailing adventure.  Promoting Independence Summer Camp – Broomlee – This 5 day/4 night residential was attended by 15 YP aged 14-18. The focus was on independent living and transition.

It included workshops on developing confidence, assistive technology, cooking skills, independent travel, personal care, employability, preparation for post-16 transition, outdoor activities and loads of fun!

5 weekly Out of School Clubs :- These have been delivered at Knowetop Primary in North Lanarkshire; Uddingston Grammar School, South Lanarkshire; Aberdeen Visual Impairment Service, Aberdeen City; Darnley Primary School, Glasgow; Eyebeez Club, Hamilton. Each club is regularly attended by 10-15 children.

Family Fun Day (Borders) :- We had an Outdoor Adventure Activity Day for all the family on 2nd November 2013. Attended by 20 children and young people with 15 parents and 8 volunteers. The emphasis was on team building and confidence development. Despite torrential rain all the families had an excellent experience.

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The service delivers a dedicated short break service to young people aged between 5 and 20 years old affected by epilepsy combined with profound and multiple disabilities, and their carers.

Support hours are offered to the young person and parent/carer, and it’s entirely their decision how regularly they would like to use this allowance. Many families have expressed a preference for a little and often, this means a regular and reliable respite from the caring role but also an opportunity for the young person to routinely attend a group or take part in an activity.

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In Forth Valley and Fife – Fun day at the Time capsule, an animal fun day where young people interacted with animals at a petting zoo. Young people went to the autistic showing of The Lion King.

A young person who missed out on The Lion King went to the Beauty and Beast Pantomime. 4 hour session to ‘Sensations’. In West Dunbartonshire – summer play sessions accessing community facilities 48 hours of service delivery, 3 days per week for 4 hours each days and 2 hours on Saturday mornings for 6 weeks operating our drama and music group.

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We delivered 5 weeks for 4 days a week of summer activities which included the following
Week 1 Out in the community which included visits to The Time Capsule and Millport
Week2 Sports which included wheelchair basketball and animation
Week 3 drama and rock school
Week 4 drama and dance/cheerleading
Week 5 stage production/rehearsals and summer show
During week 5 we also delivered Inspire Me workshops which included team building and motivation

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Inverclyde Carers Centre Carer Support Workers assisted Carers to identify and arrange short family holidays which met their individual families needs. This typically involved identifying and booking accommodation, transport and activities.

Carers were able to bring other family members or friends to provide support during the break and enable them to have time away from their caring role if they wished.

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Project Teen Ranch

We have delivered one weekend break for children with autism and one weekend break for young carer siblings.

The children with autism met fortnightly for 6 months before they went to camp for a social activity and did a variety of things including outdoor activities to familiarise them with things they would be doing at camp.

The social outings gave a chance for the children to get to know each other and the staff to reduce anxiety and stress before going on camp. The siblings followed a similar structure but met on a monthly basis prior to camp.

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SOAR Youth Projects Holiday Club

We have delivered high quality school holiday clubs to 61 young people with multiple support needs which they can attend independent of their parents/carers.

The young people have had the opportunity to undertake a wide range of activities including ice skating, fishing, martial arts, gaelic music, horse-riding, arts and crafts, etc. supported by a well trained highly motivated team of professional staff. Figures to date show that we have exceeded targets whilst keeping costs below budget.

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The project acted as administrators of small grants to children with disabilities (o-20yrs) and their carers. The applicants were able to choose between a personalised budget, help from the Carers Centre or a combination of both.

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From the 8th to the 26th of July we provided nine days (four and a half hours a day) of activities and outings over three weeks for 15 children with additional needs.

They enjoyed activities such as arts and crafts, swimming, the very popular play pod (scrap store), drama, sports day, outdoor games, cinema, roller skating and many more.

We provided transport to four children to ensure their inclusion. As we work in partnership with the local authority we provided 6 play scheme attendants this year who had a week of training prior to the start.

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To-date there has been 3 breaks as detailed above (5 days/4 nights). Each of the breaks has been to the Lochgoilhead area for 16 children/young people.

Due to local authority funding cuts Buddies Clubs were authorised by Better Breaks to utilise some of the funding from 1 break to provide days at Buddies Summer Holiday Clubs for children and young people who otherwise would have no access to socialisation opportunities over this period.

This enabled 12 children/young people to participate in the Summer Club programme and provided much needed respite for their parents/carers.

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