To provide grants for short breaks directly to carers who live in Dumfries and Galloway. Any Carer can apply to the fund and they do not need to be registered with the Carers Centre.
We provided grants directly to carers who provide care and support to people with serious mental health problems and mental illness
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.
Over the April, summer and October school holidays we have offered 19 family day events across the authority, ranging from pony driving to golf, fishing, den building and orienteering in a forest, play at a farm park, chocolate making, icecream making and sailing at an activity centre.
In partnership with Quarriers we were able to provide pony driving in Stranraer, a remote part of the region. The families in Stranraer were particularly grateful as the pony driving centre was completely across the other side of the region.
West of Scotland Sailing adventure – In July 2013 10 blind and partially sighted CYP sailed from Oban aboard Alba Volunteer for a 5 day/4 night sailing adventure. Promoting Independence Summer Camp – Broomlee – This 5 day/4 night residential was attended by 15 YP aged 14-18. The focus was on independent living and transition.
It included workshops on developing confidence, assistive technology, cooking skills, independent travel, personal care, employability, preparation for post-16 transition, outdoor activities and loads of fun!
5 weekly Out of School Clubs :- These have been delivered at Knowetop Primary in North Lanarkshire; Uddingston Grammar School, South Lanarkshire; Aberdeen Visual Impairment Service, Aberdeen City; Darnley Primary School, Glasgow; Eyebeez Club, Hamilton. Each club is regularly attended by 10-15 children.
Family Fun Day (Borders) :- We had an Outdoor Adventure Activity Day for all the family on 2nd November 2013. Attended by 20 children and young people with 15 parents and 8 volunteers. The emphasis was on team building and confidence development. Despite torrential rain all the families had an excellent experience.