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Scotland Family Camp

We ran a weekend Family Camp for children with serious and life limiting illnesses, their parents or carers and siblings.

The camp catered for families from across Scotland and provided the whole family with a much needed respite from the pressures of daily life.

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We provided grants directly to carers who care for an adult who has Down’s syndrome who lives with them.

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We provided grants directly to carers who look after someone with Motor Neurone Disease (MND), and to people with MND who have a carer who will also benefit. The project covers the whole of Scotland.

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Kincardine & Deeside Befriending has been operating a befriending scheme for older people in a rural part of South West Aberdeenshire since 1997.

With money from the Short Breaks Fund we provided a befriending service to 26 carers of older people, which enabled them to take regular short respite breaks while their loved ones enjoyed the companionship of their volunteer befriender.

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We provided grants directly to carers who provide care and support to people with serious mental health problems and mental illness

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We provided grants directly to carers who live in Scotland and are caring for someone with a diagnosis of dementia.

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The Forget-Me-Not Club exists to support people with Dementia, their Carer & family. Within the organisation there is an opportunity to provide needs-led short break respite for people with Dementia to provide a break for Carers knowing their loved ones are in an acceptable and safe environment.

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We provided grants directly to carers who live in Aberdeenshire and are aged 18years and over and have a caring role as a parent, partner, relative or friend. These carers provide care to people who have a huge variety of health conditions such as Dementia, Parkinsons, M.S. and cancers as well as those who care for adults with Additional Support Needs and the frail and elderly.

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On the 19th June we took a group of children and young people on a trip to Aberdeen to see CATS the musical and enjoy a pre theatre meal in a nearby restaurant. Which, opened up new life skills for some and extended their circle of friends.

On the 23rd July we took a group of children and young people to the circus. this outing enhanced their social development, as well as their development of knowledge and understanding, again opening up new experiences to many of the group as this had been their first time attending a circus.

3rd December the older group were given the opportunity to socialise with peers for a Christmas lunch and dance which enhanced their confidence and self esteem and giving them the chance to express their feelings through music and dance which helps with their physical development also.

22nd December a young group of children went on a trip to Aberdeen to see Disney on Ice and have lunch with their friends, this helped form positive relationships and promote independence and helps them to over come tasks like detachment issues.

Short break club every fortnight for group of young people to socialise interact with friends in a safe secure environment.

Overnight stay In Aberdeen for a social event helped with detachment issues, social skills every day living skills.

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Home and Away

To date we have delivered respite services to 2 young people and 3 carers, a 5 week arts club and an 8 week photography club.

Young people have gone out for dinner, gone to the pantomime, visited local fetes, had walks along the beach, massage/girly pampering sessions, visited local parks, taken lots of photographs, made lots of art works and held an exhibition.

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