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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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We tried to remodel & improve our breaks for carers allowing them to meet/engage with other carers away from there caring duties. We also established fortnightly drop-ins with therapy sessions for the benefit of carers and cared for. We then organised a family summer event to sustain and consolidate the family relationship.

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Junior Summer Camp

We delivered an all-inclusive annual multi-sport, pan disability residential sports camp held at Badaguish Activity Centre. The camp was for four days long, very positive and intensive for participants and a great chance for carer respite sustained directly through time away at camp.

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Care to Talk

We organised a residential weekend conference for families in the north of Scotland affected by the lifelong disabilities of Spina Bifida and/or Hydrocephalus at Badaguish Outdoor Activity Centre.

The fully accessible multi-activity weekend included talks for parents and opportunities to share experiences.

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Junior Summer Camp

We provided an all-inclusive annual multi-sport, pan disability residential sports camp held at Badaguish Activity Centre.

The camp was very positive and intensive for participants and a great chance for carer respite sustained directly through time away at camp

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"These breaks are the best thing that can happen to caring families. The time away is just perfect to relax and escape just for a while"

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