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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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We delivered “Time for Me” a Young Carers respite activity programme for young carers from the Oban, Lorn and Isles area within school holiday times.

This time together enables respite opportunities for young people,focus on health and well-being, offer peer support opportunities, and increased confidence.

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We provided monthly Time for Me support groups, creative therapies and a residential respite break for adult carers living in rural and remote locations.

This enabled carers to get a break from their caring role, focus on their own health and well-being, and create enduring peer support relationships.

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The project involved taking groups of carers to rural and remote rural parts of Scotland to take part in supported residential breaks. Activities such as Astronomy, Chemistry, Tours, Art Workshops, Village Hall Cinema Nights, Singing, Music and Ceilidhs were available over the course of the breaks.

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London Baby!

Young Adult Carers decided on a trip to London. Travelling beyond the West Coast of Scotland, to meet other young adult carers, visit places of interest, London Eye, Dungeons & travel by sightseeing bus. Offering a break from caring roles, new experiences & build relationships.

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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.

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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.

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"These breaks are the best thing that can happen to caring families. The time away is just perfect to relax and escape just for a while"

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