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​​We provided vulnerable older people with disabilities and additional support needs with befriending/listening ear support, activities, and holiday food hampers, whilst their Carers access regular respite breaks. Which tackled isolation and the exclusion these groups face while  improving their inclusion, increasing drop in support and ICT access.

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A Wee Treat

We delivered our Wee Treat project, which offered unpaid carers a range of trips and activities in various locations over the Scottish Borders to help them feel part of a supportive group, enjoy a break, reduce isolation, build confidence and increase a sense of wellbeing.

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Taking a Break and Making Memories

We provided our young carers with the opportunity to attend 8 fun days out a residential trip and the chance to attend the young carers festival thus allowing them to make positive and meaningful memories.

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Breakfree Project

The Breakfree Project offered a range of workshops/activities to support the health & wellbeing of unpaid carers throughout Angus. Designed to help carers build relationships with others in similar situations and provide trusting networks of peer support in a safe, structured & supported environment

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Gardening Sessions and Events

We delivered sessions for carers to learn about gardening and expand their peer support network, environmental arts activities for carers and the person they care for to enjoy together.  Free time at the allotment saw carers who attended have a break, relax and access informal family advisory service if required.

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Cosgrove's Cos-Go!

Cosgrove’s Cos-Go! Provided regular weekend activity short breaks which focused on wellbeing, building skills and sustaining families. Cos-Go! delivered 6x 2 night breaks for carers most in need.

We also delivered 2 activity days and 6 family forums, giving carers an opportunity to connect.

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Barnardo's Weekend Residential

We provided a weekend outdoor activity residential for whole families with children or young people with ASN/Disability, at Fordell Firs Scout Camp Dunfermline. A range of accessible activities were led by Scout staff, with families supported alongside by Barnardo’s staff and volunteers from Barnardo’s and Aberlour.

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DASH Club Summer Programme

A summer holiday programme for young people (aged 11 to 18) in Glasgow with complex support needs. We provided a choice of activities and trips: enabling the young people to have fun and socialise, whilst their parents/carers had a break

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2023 Summer Respite Holiday

SAMs Charity ran a Summer Respite Holiday, which helped children/young people with disabilities/multiple ASN and their Parents/Carers better cope with both existing and new challenges created by the pandemic, reduced their isolation, and improved their wellbeing, resilience, and quality of life

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Building Memories

We provided our unpaid carers the chance to have time away from their caring role by arranging Christmas lunches in various rural areas. We also took them on a trip to the theatre, giving our carers the opportunity to relax have fun and enjoy a life outside their caring role.

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