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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 provide weekend residential short breaks for carers called Stepping Out. The breaks are organised with activities, therapies, learning something new, outings, events and lots of social opportunities to bring carers together. Carers are free to join in with all the activities on offer or to take time out as they please.

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Amina Carers Befriending project supports carers with short breaks opportunities to enjoy a life
outside of their caring role and to ensure that they are supported to sustain that caring role. We do
this by combination of face to face befriending and group activities for example lunch club, forest
walks, and visits weekly to the hydro pool.

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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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Blazing Saddles

We set up two local cycling hubs in each of the geographic areas at the venues identified following consultation with parents/carers,providers and young people, the third is progressing as planned.

We arranged school visits linking into the local cycling hub, targeting specific schools. We organised weekly after school cycling sessions, for example 24 weekly sessions have been organised as Open bike nights at the Fife hub and a 16 weekly programme at the Edinburgh hub. Organised 10 cycle out days and events engaging 260 young people.

Trained one Blazing Saddles’ volunteer as a professional Bike Mechanic (Velotech Gold Award) thus providing a full service and repair check of the bikes. Provided recognised Cycling Scotland Bike Leader Training but adapted the course to focus on leading disabled children on adapted bikes.

We worked with Scottish Disability Sport, Scottish Cycling and Cycling Scotland to identify and map mainstream cycling clubs who support cycling for disabled people.

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Dundee Activity Club

The Dundee Activity Club has provided five activity club sessions and one youth club per week at set times to suit the needs of the families. The children and young people accessing the club have participated in a range of activities which include – baking, arts and crafts, outdoor play, sensory play and games.

The young people accessing the youth club have been given the opportunity to engage in social activities with their peers. Twelve day trips have taken place including Blair Drummond Safari Park, Codonas fun centre in Aberdeen and The Yard, Edinburgh.

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RNIB Activate

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.

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Both weekends took place at the Nethybridge Outdoor Centre, near Aviemore – part of the Abernethy Trust, providing a range of fun, rewarding outdoor activities, with support for children/young people and all of the family. In my experience children with learning disabilities and associated complex needs, eg epilepsy, do not normally have the opportunity to experience such a wide range of challenging and rewarding experiences – canoeing, climbing, archery, etc in our risk adverse society. Like most children if given the chance they will achieve and prosper. This has very much been our experience over 25 years.

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