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Outward Mobility is a short break service provided by Upward Mobility, offering support through workshops and residential trips as well as a wide range of activities for young people with disabilities.

It aims to increase independence, create opportunities, enhance social skills and provide new experiences for the young people we work with.
Outward Mobility also aims to develop relationships between carers and those they care for. Parents and carers benefit from getting a break from their care-giving role and have a chance to re-charge their batteries. Attendees are able to come home with great stories of their trip that they can share at home.

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Beeslack All Stars DSC

We provided 2 two hour sessions of various sports per week for children and young adults with additional support needs and their siblings.

Giving respite to family units, support to siblings and also provide “Parent Natter Nite” to share support and bring in outside agencies to support when required.

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Down's Syndrome Scotland Creative Breaks Grant Programme 2016-17

We provided grants directly to carers who care for an adult who has Down’s Syndrome and who lives with them.

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Fabb-i-do Weekends

We provided an exciting multi-activity themed programme for 110 children and young people who have a range of complex needs,  this providing invaluable respite for families.

Themes ranged from Weird Science, Music Live, Fab Food, Academy Awards, Art Attack,Wild Camping, Bushcraft and Superheroes.

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Down's Syndrome Scotland Creative Breaks Grant Programme 2015-16

We provided grants directly to carers who care for an adult who has Down’s Syndrome and who lives with them.

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Growing Together-Community Gardening for Carers of Adults with Autism

We organised a social gardening group for carers of adults aged 16+ with Autism. The aim was to enable communication with others in a similar situation.

The increased communication would, hopefully reduce loneliness and social isolation and also increase confidence and development skills to help the young people feel empowered.

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Breaks from Caring Fund

We provided grants directly to carers who live in East Lothian to plan and pay for a short break of their choice.

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Autism Initiatives Activity Break Project

We provided short breaks for groups of autistic adults who do not access short break services as part of their regular support.

The breaks provided respite for families and opportunities to learn skills in a new setting, thereby improving a range of quality of life outcomes and reducing parent/carer anxiety.

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We provided activities for young adults with complex learning and communication disabilities and autism.

The programme offered opportunities to participate in activities that will continue to the development of life skills, experience new social settings and new life experiences encouraging personal development and growth towards independence.

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Care to Talk

We provided a weekend family conference for 40 families affected by Spina Bifida and/or Hydrocephalus.

Families enjoyed a weekend break at Crieff Hydro and were able to meet other families in a similar position and enjoy talks from healthcare and medical professionals.

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