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Caring Connections

Milan’s Caring Connections project provided unpaid carers from South Asian communities with a quality break to promote their health and wellbeing, raise confidence and ensure carer’s voices are heard in order to recognise their commitments and value their contributions.

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Scotland Young Carers and Health Challenge Camp 2023

We delivered Scotland Young Carers and Health Challenge Camp for children aged 8-17 is a therapeutic recreation camp provides campers long term benefit and respite from their caring roles. Outcomes include increased self confidence & self belief, new coping strategies a network of peer support

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LifeCare Cares for Carers

Working alongside carers, they ran groups such as art, mindfulness and yoga to provide a break away, to meet others in a similar position, to feel valued and supported.

“LifeCare Cares for Carers” supports unpaid carers by offering a variety of free activities from our community hub in Edinburgh.

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Residential Breaks for Young Carers

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.

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Creative Break

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.

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SHA Youth Service Summer Camp 2024

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.

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FRIENDS+ Social Events

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.

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Space for Young Carers

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.

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Eric Liddell Escapes (Eric's Escapes)

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.

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Room for Art: Visual Workshops for Adult Carers in Edinburgh and Dalkeith

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.

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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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