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We delivered Activ8 a weekly multi-sport session for children and young people aged 7-17 with physical and learning disabilities. The sessions, which run on Saturday mornings at Gracemount Leisure Centre in Edinburgh, give participants the chance to have fun getting active and give carers some respite.

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Creative Companions

We delivered an overnight residential short break in Perthshire focusing on improving mental health and wellbeing for carers within the Gypsy/Traveller community. Activities included forest bathing, story-telling, therapeutic massage, relaxation session, silent disco and hula hooping.

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Short Breaks

Our short breaks project supported children with autism aged 4 to 16 years who live in Edinburgh: it involved online Circle Time activities, summer holiday club, weekly play sessions and monthly soft play sessions when these were permitted by national and local Covid restrictions.

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Essential Breaks for Young Carers of all Different Ages

We delivered respite breaks and activities for young carers (YCs) and young adult carers (YACs)from Edinburgh. These took place in Edinburgh and Perthshire and enabled the young people to try new experiences, learn new skills and develop the confidence and resilience needed to address their challenges.

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Scotland Siblings and Young Carers Camp 2021

Scotland Siblings and Young Carers Camp is for children and young people aged 8-17, who are the siblings of children living with serious illness. Our unique Therapeutic Recreation camp ran virtually over summer & provides campers with long term benefits and short term respite from their caring roles

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Stepping Out Remote Rural Breaks for Carers, Nature, Music, Stars

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

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Yolo Sistas provided a regular break from domestic caring responsibilities for girls age 12-18 who come from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds. The group is delivered in weekly afterschool groups and offers emotional support, positive relationships and social development.

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Room for Art - Room for Carers

We delivered Room for Art a series of online visual arts workshops facilitated by an artist on a weekly basis for unpaid carers in Edinburgh and Midlothian with the aim of improving health and wellbeing. Art material packs accompanied the sessions and we explored lots of different art techniques.

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Beacon Club

Our Project was to support 40 older people with Dementia to attend our day care service at the Broomhouse Hub. Depending on covid-19 restrictions each older person will be offered one day short break which improves their quality of life whilst offering valued respite to their carers.

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Young Carers

We supported young carers aged 5 to 25 years, living in South West Edinburgh to take part in activities and residential experiences. We also provide information and advocacy support, one to one, group and residential short break opportunities for all the young carers we support, tailored to their individual needs.

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"These breaks are the best thing that can happen to caring families. The time away is just perfect to relax and escape just for a while"

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