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We provided a 1 week activity break for 11-14 year olds and two residential weekends for 15-18 year olds who are blind or partially sighted help promote their independence and allow respite for carers.

We also provided a family residential weekend in Dumfries & Galloway offering peers support and a break for the normal routine.

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Special Breaks CCLASP Families

We provided three short holidays for families with children suffering from cancer and leukaemia. Fifteen families enjoyed a trip to Craig Tara in Ayr, while a further 12 enjoyed a break to Aviemore at their request. One recently bereaved family visited London.

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The Yard Youth Clubs

We provided youth clubs for disabled young people aged 12-18. The weekly clubs each ran for 2.5 hours every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

They had the dual benefit of providing a much needed social and development opportunity for the young people attending whilst giving their family a much needed break and time to themselves.

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Outward Mobility is a short break service provided by Upward Mobility, offering support through workshops and residential trips as well as a wide range of activities for young people with disabilities.

It aims to increase independence, create opportunities, enhance social skills and provide new experiences for the young people we work with.
Outward Mobility also aims to develop relationships between carers and those they care for. Parents and carers benefit from getting a break from their care-giving role and have a chance to re-charge their batteries. Attendees are able to come home with great stories of their trip that they can share at home.

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Beeslack All Stars DSC

We provided 2 two hour sessions of various sports per week for children and young adults with additional support needs and their siblings.

Giving respite to family units, support to siblings and also provide “Parent Natter Nite” to share support and bring in outside agencies to support when required.

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Flexible Family Respite

We provided a flexible service, delivered in the family home and local community across Edinburgh, matching children with multiple support needs with a worker who encouraged and supported them to access/participate in activities.

This allowed the family some regular respite, each session duration was between 2 and 6 hours, tailored to meet each family’s needs and for a maximum of 80 hours.

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Social & Emotional Support for Deaf Children, Young People & their Families

We worked with St Roch’s After School Club to provide a wide variety of fun & stimulating activities and opportunities for our deaf young people, from all over the West of Scotland and beyond.

They met and mixed with an age appropriate peer group while their carers enjoyed a break from their caring roles. This helped alleviate the isolation and loneliness they experience in a hearing world, builds confidence & self esteem, fosters life long friendships and helps our young people to see their deafness in a more positive light.

West Scotland Deaf Children’s Society provides social and emotional support to deaf children, young people and their families. For many of our families the clubs provide the only social activity and meaningful peer interaction that the children and young people have, and the only break their carers are able to actually relax and benefit from.

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The Sensory Experience

We provided one hour fully personalised sessions in our state-of-the-art multi-sensory room for young people with disabilities and their carers. This was followed by tea/coffee and cake after the session. Carers had the choice to stay or how they wanted to spend their time.

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Edinburgh Better Breaks

We provided person centred respite through befriending and supported activities, we worked in partnership with Lothian Autistic Society to delver this project.



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Down's Syndrome Scotland Creative Breaks Grant Programme 2016-17

We provided grants directly to carers who care for an adult who has Down’s Syndrome and who lives with them.

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