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Breaking Away

Breaking Away offered a program of respite for young carers across Mid Argyll, Kintyre and Islay (MAKI). This respite came in the form of regular fortnightly pony club sessions and outdoor activities carried out by Lochgoilhead outdoor activity center.

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Time to Smile :-)

Time to Smile was a project delivered to support unpaid Carers and cared for in Cowal and Bute. The project plan was to work in collaboration with Cowal & Bute Elderly befrienders. Our aim was to provide enjoyable social events to aid in reducing isolation and improving connections and wellbeing.

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Time for Me - Adult Carers

We provided Monthly Time for Me groups, residential breaks, creative therapies, therapeutic massage sessions and a daily blog, for adult carers living in rural, remote locations, enabling them to stay connected and informed, get a break from caring, receive peer support and focus on their wellbeing.

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Creative Companions

Creative Companions provided short breaks opportunities to Gypsy/Traveller carers in Edinburgh/Lothians, Perth & Kinross and Argyll. Plans for family days & residentials were severely impacted by COVID-19 & replaced by online activities, afternoon teas, guided pamper sessions and Festive packs.

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My Time is a project that allowed children and young people with additional support needs respite time via access to specialised weekly dance movement therapy classes. In addition it offered their siblings access to pony club giving them an opportunity for respite.

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Social & Emotional Support for Deaf Children, Young People & their Families

Our project provided 86 opportunities (including joint activities) bringing our deaf young people together. Events were held at Deaf Connections, the Adelphi Centre, St Roch’s and latterly, our new Youth Group home, the Wolfson Centre with other activities being held in a variety of other venues.

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Oban, Lorn and Isles Parent Carers Time for Me

A monthly peer support group for parent carers and their children held in a local soft play facility,creating friendships and support alongside a menu of flexible respite activities for parents and children including group outings and time out for parent carers.

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Able2Sail Sailing Season 2019-20

We took young people and their families for a mixture of half day sails, day sails on a modified sailing yacht. In consultation with youth forum members we will tailor a programme leading to RYA certification including 2/3 day sails.

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Sunday Social

We delivered a monthly visual art workshop programme dedicated to working with children and young people with Down’s Syndrome aged 5-20 and their families and carers.

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Taking a Break & Making Memories

We delivered “Taking a Break & Making Memories” and we were able to provide Young Carers aged 8 to 18 years with respite and a break from caring with their peers from Bute & Cowal.

This was achieved through the provision of a programme of activities and a residential at Ardroy Outdoor Centre, Trips & attending the Scottish Young Carers Festival.

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