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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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We provided two breaks for groups of children with cancer and leukaemia and their families, one to Haggerston Castle Family Caravan Park and another to Hilton Coylumbridge near Aviemore.

This allowed them to relax and have fun as a family but also to meet others in the same situation as them.

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Yolo Sistas Project

We provided a weekly group for young female, BME carers living within City of Edinburgh. The aim of the project was to access ‘hard-to-reach’ carers from BME communities and give the girls a space to share their experience both as carers and as teenage girls who often feel different from peers.

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We provided activities, trips and overnight stays for young people with disabilities.

Upward Mobility’s Short Break Service (originally named Outward Mobility) has been running for the past 4 years.

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