We delivered short residential breaks for young carers aged 5-18 at various venues across Scotland, mainly during 2022/3 school holidays. These breaks help to ensure that Young Carers have some of the same opportunities as their peers by taking a short break away from their caring responsibilities.
We provided a 3 day residential break in Argyll to improve the lives of carers and young carers, who are grass root level disadvantaged individuals, suffering with mental health issues and are in complete isolation. This break proved to play a vital role in reducing carers stress and anxiety.
We provided a 5-day summer camp in July 23 for 48 young people, aged 8 – 25 years old, living in a family impacted by Huntington’s Disease. The camp provided a programme of customised activities, one-to-one and group sessions on the issues surrounding Huntington’s Disease and being a young carer.
Our FRIENDS+ Events project provided an accessible social experience for those who need additional support. We facilitated a range of unique and fun activities each month in various locations in Edinburgh. People who came to our events had an opportunity to socialise and try something new.
Space Young Carers Project delivered a planned programme of short breaks for young carers living in the South West of Edinburgh, aged 5 years to 25 years. We provided a range of opportunities including: support groups, one to one sessions and residential respite trips.
We delivered Eric Liddell Escapes a short breaks programme of trips and overnight stays for unpaid carer’s and the people they care for, together or separately, from the Edinburgh area. It delivered a creative form of respite alleviating some of the stresses and strains of everyday caring routines.
Room for Art: Working in partnership with VOCAL we provided visual arts workshops facilitated by professional artists to unpaid carers in Edinburgh and Dalkeith in order for them to take time out from their caring role. These took place on both a weekly and monthly basis, online and in person.
The Beacon Club supports individuals living with Dementia and those who are socially isolated to attend our day clubs at Broomhouse Hub and Tron Kirk. Our members engage in a day full of fun activities which improves quality of life whilst giving valued respite to their carer.
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, Paddle-boarding, Shepherding, Singing and music, Island tours and exploring the area.