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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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Yolo Sistas provides 14 BAME young women carers with weekly group for emotional support, friendships and fun. It builds strengths, self-confidence and resilience to encourage wider community inclusion and participation. This raises awareness of issues affecting BAME young carers and profile raising.

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Broomhouse Young Carers

Providing support for young carers and young adult carers aged 5-25yrs across South West Edinburgh. We provide short breaks through one to one support, weekly groups and residential opportunities helping young carers improve their own health and wellbeing and be more able to cope as a young carer.

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Siblings & Young Carers Camp 2020

Siblings & Young Carers Camp 2020 was a virtual camp experience for 48 young carers which took place Tuesday 14th – Thursday 16th July 2020. This project brought the magic, connectivity and respite of camp to young carers in Scotland in the safety of their homes during lockdown.

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Blind/Visually Impaired Football

The Rangers Charity Foundation provided the opportunity for young people with a Visual Impairment to take part in free football sessions in a fun and friendly environment whilst allowing their carers to enjoy a break from their normal routine.

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We provided carers of children/young people with additional support needs across Edinburgh support to assist them to obtain an individualised flexible short break.

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We provided a flexible respite service tailored to meet the individual needs of each child and their family. Weekly 1:1 sessions, delivered both in the family home and out in the local community, were arranged and provided at a time which benefited the whole family.

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Inclusive Events for Families Raising a Child with Autism in Edinburgh

Our project was aimed at children with autism and their families who live in Edinburgh. We provided a range of activities for children such as soft play sessions, fun days and a separate programme of respite opportunities for parents including coffee mornings, quiz nights and social events

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