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SHA Summer Camp 2021

During the summer holidays 38 young carers living in a family impacted by Huntington’s disease took a break from their caring responsibilities by attending an activity day. Young carers took part in a programme of activities including archery, kayaking, paddle boarding and bowling.

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We delivered The Friends for Life Clubs which are attended by children and young people aged 5- 20 years. The clubs take place in a centrally located venue so that the attendees can easily access community resources and parents/carers can have maximum benefit from their short break.

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A Great Day Out (Inclusive Festivals and Events)

The programme created accessible resources for festivals and events to support and include people with profound and multiple learning disabilities(PMLD)and their families across geographical areas. It reduced isolation & loneliness and supported the caring role and provided increased opportunities.

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Charlie House Activities Programme

The Charlie House Activities Programme delivers a range of inclusive, fully accessible activities for children with complex disabilities and life-limiting conditions, and their families, in North East Scotland.

We delivered activities for parent/carers as well as extra activities in school holidays.

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Caring for our BIG Families

We aimed to improve our support for the whole family unit carers & cared for, we organised truly family friendly Christmas and Summer events to sustain and consolidate family relationships. Send a group of members to Headway “Braw” weekend break and organise a Theatre trip for members.

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Siblings & Young Carers Camp 2020

Siblings & Young Carers Camp 2020 was a virtual camp experience for 48 young carers which took place Tuesday 14th – Thursday 16th July 2020. This project brought the magic, connectivity and respite of camp to young carers in Scotland in the safety of their homes during lockdown.

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The Charlie House Activities programme delivered regular activities to benefit babies, children and young people with life-limiting conditions and complex disabilities, their parent carers and siblings, in North-east Scotland.

We support them to maintain their caring role and improve their well-being.

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Family Residential Weekend – Fife

In April 2019 we held a residential camp, to support disadvantaged children who are living with a chronic illness: either Crohn’s disease or Ulcerative Colitis, which is inhibiting their quality of life. Some parents and siblings also participated. The camp was located at Tulliallan Castle in Fife.

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Highland Cycle Ability Centre

The Highland Cycle Ability Centre provided a safe, secure, peaceful and traffic-free environment for disabled children and young people and their peers to enjoy cycling sessions.

There was also the addition of the new adventure track, this has encouraged everyone to explore their own independence and exposure to new things.

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Scotland Siblings & Young Carers Camp 2019

We ran a young carers camp in Scotland for the siblings of children who suffer from a serious illness/disability. The camp, which took place at Strathallan School in Perth from 7th – 13th July, gave young carers respite from their caring role and time to grow in self-confidence and make new friends.

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"Thoroughly enjoyed the total relaxation and the time spent away from home. Did me a power of good - I am now a Pampered person! - Thank you"

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