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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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Flexible Family Respite

We delivered flexible respite at a time which enabled all family members to enjoy their break, we spent 3-4 hours with the child/ren with disabilities (weekly) both in the family home and local community – encouraging them to access and participate in fun activities, try new things, visit new places of interest.

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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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We ran our Nurture Group which is for young adults with mild disabilities and experiences of ACEs takes place one a month where group members participate in activities aimed at preventative emotional health and wellbeing, in a safe and secure environment that allows them to be their selves.

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We provided 3 ‘Health and Well-being’ residentials for young carers ( 9-14 years) – “It’s okay to not be okay”. Delivering specialist support to help young carers learn positive and healthy coping strategies to cope with their difficult feelings and make the changes that are right for them.

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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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A range of short breaks activities were run for 140 carers in Edinburgh and Midlothian over the festive period 2019/2020. These included ‘Surviving Christmas’ workshops, complementary therapy, self-directed break vouchers, group trips, a SMART group meeting and events at the Edinburgh Carers’ Hub.

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The Beacon Club

The Beacon Club is a day care service for 40 people over 60 with dementia in Edinburgh. Our aim is to, improve quality of life as well as supporting members to live in their own home for longer. Carers are able take a break while members are at the club.

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"The services are great for me it makes me feel better in myself and gives me something to look forward to every week. I couldn't do without it I would be a prisoner in my own home."

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