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Barnardo's Aberdeen Young Carers

We delivered short breaks for Young Carers and the Cared For in Aberdeen City. A wide range of breaks offered included days
out, school holiday activities, individual sessions, group sessions for young carers, siblings and the adults, therapeutic group work, volunteer outings and residential trips.

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Care for our BIG Families (continuing)

We aimed to run a full social support programme, improve support for all family unit carers and cared for. Organise truly family friendly events e.g. Summer & Christmas to sustain and build on family relationships, send a group to BRAW weekend and organise theatre trips for all beneficiaries.

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SDS Junior Summer Camp

Our Summer camp supported an all-inclusive multi-sport, pan disability residential sports camp.

The camp was four days long, very positive and intensive for participants and a great chance for carer respite, directly through time away at camp and long-term through increased participation.

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Mini Denners

​​​​​​​​​Mini Denners is a “nursery” experience for our children under 5 with cancer, their siblings and carers from Jak’s Den, Livingston and Aberdeen. Activities include music, story time, messy play, crafts and snack allows our children to experience the joy and wonder of early years and we also provide pampers for their carers.

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Barnardo’s Aberdeen Young Carers Service

Barnardo’s Aberdeen Young Carers Service supports young carers to access a variety of support. This project supported access 1-1, group and family support that benefitted through reduced social isolation, peer support, improved wellbeing and resilience, and limiting the impact of the caring role.

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SHA Youth Service Summer Camp

We provided a 5-day summer camp in July 2022 for 38 young carers, aged 8 – 25 years old, living in a family impacted by Huntington’s Disease.

The camp provided a programme of customised activities, one-to-one and group sessions on the issues surrounding Huntington’s Disease and being a young carer.

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Haven Breaks @ Home Phase 2

We continued to deliver Haven Breaks @ Home project supporting carers and cared for individuals affected by life limiting illness to accesses short breaks that are meaningful to them from within their own homes through the provision of Wellbeing Toolkit resources and online wellbeing support services.

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Summer Sports Camp

Up to 70 children and young people will be given the opportunity to experience sport and physical activity with peers of similar ages and disabilities. The aim would be to encourage independence, find social groups and gain confidence to keep active.

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Inclusive Family Fun Activities Programme

The development of a blended approach to online and outdoor events and activities has been provided to ensure that people with profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD) could access purposeful and meaningful activities that supported them through the difficult times that 2021 brought.

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Charlie House Activities Programme

Charlie House’s activities programme is made up of free, fully-accessible, inclusive activities for children with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions in North East Scotland and their families. The activities programme is designed our activities co-ordinators in consultation with the families.

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