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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.

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Caring for Carers

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.

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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.

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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.

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We provided a unique timeshare experience where with one click, parents can choose regular weekly or monthly 2 hour breaks to discover something new or just relax and recuperate. Safe in the knowledge their young people are making new friends and learning life skills.

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We provided a social club on Thursday evenings for isolated young adults with learning difficulties, behavioural difficulties, disabilities and/or additional support needs so they can socialise and participate in a range of different activities at our Centre in Portobello as well as regular outings.

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Broomhouse Young Carers

Broomhouse Young Carers project provided short breaks for young carers and young adult carers aged 7 yrs – 25 yrs old. We provided support through group work and one to one support tailored to the needs of individual young carers.

We cover the South West locality in the City of Edinburgh.

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Surviving Christmas

As the festive season can be a particularly challenging time for carers, VOCAL offered a range of short break options over the festive period to help carers to cope over the Christmas period.

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Junior Summer Camp

We delivered an all-inclusive annual multi-sport, pan disability residential sports camp held at Badaguish Activity Centre. The camp was for four days long, very positive and intensive for participants and a great chance for carer respite sustained directly through time away at camp.

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Scotland Family Camp 2019

We hosted a Family Camp in Scotland for families of children with a serious life-limiting illness/disability. Camp was based at Tulliallan Police College, Fife from 26th – 28th April 2019 inclusive, (3 days, 2 nights).

Camp provided respite and fun for carers and children alike.

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