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Team United provided sports summer camps for children and young people with disabilities in 3 locations during the school holidays in Spring 2020 and Summer 2020.

The activities ran in partnership with local community clubs and offered the same opportunities to all.

 

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Saturday Adventure Team

Saturday Adventure Team provided autistic young people living in East Lothian time and space to have fun, make friends and be active while their families get a valuable break from caring.

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Star Youth Club

We offered 2 weekly youth clubs, where East Lothian young people with disabilities met to enjoy fun, stimulating and challenging activities within their local community. The members are supported by a team of volunteers who ensure the members care needs are met in a fun, friendly environment.

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We delivered three youth clubs for disabled teenagers between 14-18yrs. The clubs meet on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings in person or online and work with a maximum of 16 teens to help friendships form, enable positive wellbeing and give the opportunity of independence.

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OTW & SNAC Family Camp

We delivered a day-long online Camp in the Cloud family camp on Saturday 30th August which served 11 children living with serious illness, and 27 of their family members from Scotland. We brought fun, respite and connection to families at a time of crisis.

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We ran a monthly social event, each with a different themed activity. This was open to the carers and families of our TEENS+ students, as well as the students themselves. We offered flexible options for attendance/participation.

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Creative Companions

Creative Companions provided short breaks opportunities to Gypsy/Traveller carers in Edinburgh/Lothians, Perth & Kinross and Argyll. Plans for family days & residentials were severely impacted by COVID-19 & replaced by online activities, afternoon teas, guided pamper sessions and Festive packs.

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The project involved taking groups of carers to rural and remote rural parts of Scotland to take part in a supported residential short break. Activities included Forest Walks, Astronomy, Art Workshops, Village Hall Cinema nights, Singing and music, Island tours and exploring the area.

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Siblings & Young Carers Camp 2020

Siblings & Young Carers Camp 2020 was a virtual camp experience for 48 young carers which took place Tuesday 14th – Thursday 16th July 2020. This project brought the magic, connectivity and respite of camp to young carers in Scotland in the safety of their homes during lockdown.

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Star Youth Club

We provided our Star Youth Club which is a specialised youth club provision for young people aged 10-18 years who live in East Lothian and who have a disability.

The club aims to reduce social isolation. Weekly youth clubs are run where the young people can enjoy age appropriate activities .

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