We provided a trip to visit mainland Scotland for adults with disabilities and their carers offering a break away from their remote island surroundings. The trip offered a wide range of activities and experiences, whilst energising and offering increased social connection to all participants.
The Highland Cycle Ability Centre provided those with disabilities, including those both complex and challenging, the opportunity to relax and enjoy adapted cycling activities enjoyed by their non-disabled peers, thus allowing their carers to relax and enjoy a break from their usual routine.
“Caraidean Away” was a fantastic 4 night break away to Ullapool for carers and cared for people involved in the Caraidean Tong on the Isle of Lewis.
We provided “Eolas” which is a bi-monthly group which is held in areas of The Western Isles in relaxed settings. We provided either afternoon tea or morning coffee sessions so carers could meet, relax and chat amongst each other.
We took a group of Carers and the people that they care for on a short break to a hotel in Blairgowrie and went on trips each day.
All the carers look after someone with complex needs. The break gave them the opportunity to relax and gain peer support and re-charge their batteries.
Our project provided cycling opportunities for young people all abilities but primarily for those with disabilities. The activities related to cycling using our specialised cycles, the young people were able to increase well being, make friends, gain confidence and increase self esteem.
The peaceful, traffic-free environment at Cantray near Nairn enabled the young people and their carers if they so wished, the opportunity to enjoy a recreational activity in complete safety.
We provided grants directly to carers who live in the Western Isles.
We provided grants directly to carers who are caring for person(s) living with dementia living in Scotland.
Being a national organisation we offer the same opportunity all applicants no matter their geographical location, giving them a break from their caring role.
We left Stornoway on the 7 am ferry on the Monday, travelled by coach to Perth, arriving in the late afternoon. On Tuesday we went to the Deepsea World at Queensferry, and took in tenpin bowling in Dunfermline.
Wednesday was spent in the city with an evening at Perth concert hall to see the Foster & Allen show. Thursday visited Blair Drummond Safari Park, evening entertainment of Scottish singing and dancing in the hotel.
After breakfast on Friday headed for Ullapool to catch the evening ferry back to Stornoway. We had an amazing time, and it makes it all worthwhile when you see the smile on the faces of those involved.