MECOPP organised a programme of short breaks for carers and the cared for from the Gypsy/Traveller community in Scotland.
These breaks promoted positive well-being, reduced isolation, increased confidence and the potential to realise personal ambitions as well as increasing knowledge of carer support.
Our project reached out to unpaid Carers throughout Cowal & Bute. We delivered a wide variety of creative art workshops and crafting sessions which were delivered in the diverse communities which our service covers in order to have an inclusive approach to attendance.
Our project provided opportunities to bring our deaf young people together through a series of activities and events.
These events were mostly held at Deaf Connections and the Adelphi Centre with other activities held in a variety of other locations. St Roch’s After School Club enjoyed a 3 night-trip to Staffordshire & Alton Towers.
We took young people with disabilities and their families for a mixture of half day sails and full day sails on a modified yacht.
We also provide individualised programme for our Youth Forum leading to RYA qualifications. We work with an Additional Support Needs Schools to support delivery of the Duke of Edinburgh Award Expedition.
We provided a weekly sports club, a twice-monthly youth club and a monthly parent forum. Clasp also provided personalised support when a child or their carers were contending with challenging circumstances
Clasp is a community based support service in Dunoon for children with disabilities and their carers.
Befrienders SCIO provided a 1:1 befriending service to vulnerable young people, many of whom are young carers.
In addition, many of the befriendees have their own additional support needs. Our service allows the parent or carer to spend quality time with siblings.
We ran a monthly peer support group for parents of children with disabilities. We met at Go Bananas, a soft play space.
There is also a closed online group run by parent carers. We have created more opportunities for flexible family time, children accessing activities and therapies for carers.
We provided, Time for Me for Young Carers which is a respite activity programme for young Carers from across the area within school holiday times.
This time together will enabled respite opportunities for young people,focusing on health and wellbeing, offered peer support opportunities, and increased confidence within the caring role.
We provided a range of activities for carers living in rural and remote areas across Oban, Lorn and the Isles, enabling the carers to get a break from their caring role, focus on their own health and wellbeing and enable opportunities to develop enduring peer support.