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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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Go Together

Quarriers delivered short breaks to 19 carers and 7 children with disabilities from Aberdeenshire. Three group activity sessions and a weekend residential retreat enabled carers and young people to learn, have fun, try new things, improve their wellbeing and enjoy a break from their normal routine.

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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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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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SHAYP Summer Camp 2019

We provided a 5-day summer camp in Aviemore for 50 young people, aged 8 – 25 years old, living in a family affected by Huntington’s Disease.

The camp included a range of daytime and evening activities as well as practical sessions on coping with being a young carer in a Huntington’s Disease family.

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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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