We delivered The Yards Youth Clubs which are three youth clubs for disabled teenagers between 14-18 yrs.
The clubs meet on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings for 2.5 hours and work with a maximum of 16 teens to help friendships form, enable positive wellbeing and give the opportunity of independence.
The Saturday Adventure Team provided opportunities for autistic children to get together in a safe and supported environment to have fun, make friends, explore and expand their horizons.
The regular six hour sessions give parents and carers valuable time to do other things at the weekend.
Disabled children and young people use their imagination to create their own musical theatre, developing skills, building confidence, making friends and having fun through the mediums of music, dance and drama.
In April 2019 we held a residential camp, to support disadvantaged children who are living with a chronic illness: either Crohn’s disease or Ulcerative Colitis, which is inhibiting their quality of life. Some parents and siblings also participated. The camp was located at Tulliallan Castle in Fife.
We ran a young carers camp in Scotland for the siblings of children who suffer from a serious illness/disability. The camp, which took place at Strathallan School in Perth from 7th – 13th July, gave young carers respite from their caring role and time to grow in self-confidence and make new friends.
Our Project provided short breaks to young carers and the person they care for who live in East Lothian. A choice of short breaks were offered allowing young carers to have a break from caring while spending quality time with the person they care for enjoying an activity they would not normally be able to.
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.
Milan provided a quality break for carers/ex carers from South Asian communities in Edinburgh and The Lothians who care for older people, giving them opportunities of therapeutic/educational sessions which is otherwise not possible due to their demanding and stressful roles.
The Outward Mobility project provided breaks for young people with learning disabilities across Edinburgh and The Lothians.
These short breaks included day trips and trips away from home, to facilities such as Center Parcs. These afforded valuable respite breaks to carers and the people that they care for.
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.