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Gardening Sessions and Events

We delivered sessions for carers to learn about gardening and expand their peer support network, environmental arts activities for carers and the person they care for to enjoy together.  Free time at the allotment saw carers who attended have a break, relax and access informal family advisory service if required.

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A Creative Dance Residency and Well-Being Sessions for Carers.

We delivered a creative dance residency for a group of disabled adults that took place in July 2023 for a period of 6 days & 5 nights for up to 30 disabled adults. The funding also supported four wellbeing events for carers in collaboration with the Wee Retreat.

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Glasgow Youth Work

Glasgow Youth Work is a place for young people to have fun, make friends and meet others with epilepsy. Carers receive emotional and practical support, weekly respite and regular breathing space from their caring role.

There are also two-weekend residentials each year that everyone looks forward to.

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The project was a weekend residential trip at Ardentinny Outdoor Education Centre in Argyll for families affected by childhood epilepsies.

Children and young people with epilepsy and their family carers had opportunities to try challenging activities, mainly outdoors, in a supportive setting.

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SDS Junior Summer Camp

Our Summer camp supported an all-inclusive multi-sport, pan disability residential sports camp.

The camp was four days long, very positive and intensive for participants and a great chance for carer respite, directly through time away at camp and long-term through increased participation.

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Celebrating  Scotland's Year of Stories

People with profound and multiple learning disabilities, their families and communities were fully involved in celebrating Scotland’s Year of Stories. Across Scotland in many different ways everyone celebrated Scotland’s stories. They made memories and everyone had fun.

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Autism Friendly Football allows young people on the autistic spectrum to take part in weekly football sessions providing the opportunity to have fun, become more physically active, develop life skills and raise confidence. Sessions also allow carers some respite and the opportunity to socialise.

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

We provided inclusive, understanding and fun activities for deaf children & young people throughout the West of Scotland and provided carers with many opportunities to take a meaningful break from their caring role. This project directly improved the mental health and wellbeing of everyone involved.

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Mini Denners

​​​​​​​​​Mini Denners is a “nursery” experience for our children under 5 with cancer, their siblings and carers from Jak’s Den, Livingston and Aberdeen. Activities include music, story time, messy play, crafts and snack allows our children to experience the joy and wonder of early years and we also provide pampers for their carers.

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Short Break Stays Pilot

The Short Break Stays Pilot was developed in co-production with young adults with life-limiting conditions and their informal carers, and focuses on improving overall well-being through providing respite. The pilot explored the validity of whether our hospice was an appropriate environment.

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