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Older Carers Befriending and Wellbeing Project

The Carers Hub provided an Older Carers Befriending and Wellbeing project as one of its many services.

Carers aged 65+ living across the East End of Glasgow are supported to access our volunteer befriending service and to engage in a wide range of meaningful social, wellbeing activities with peers.

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DASH Club Holiday Breaks

We delivered two holiday programmes for young people (age 11-18) with complex support needs. The young people enjoyed a wide range of activities and outings including, games, dance, drama, hydrotherapy, aromatherapy, adapted bikes, and day trips to parks, Edinburgh Zoo, New Lanark and Millport.

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Scotland Family Camp 2018

We hosted a Family Camp for Scotland families which was based at Tulliallan Police College Fife from 18th – 20th May 2018 inclusive, (3 days, 2 nights).

The camp was designed to cater for families of children with a serious, life limiting illness/disability which 16 families (67 individuals) attended.

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Ozzy's One-Ups

We provided leisure activity groups for young people with a range of disabilities aged between 19-30 years.  The main aim of the project was to encourage and support the young adults with disabilities engage in activities to develop long-term habits to improve their physical and emotional wellbeing.

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Me Time

We provided activities for mental health carers including those from hardly reached communities to participate in “Me Time” health and wellbeing sessions and social outings.

Sessions included pampering, relaxation, self-management tips and arts and crafts focusing on fun time out from caring.

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Callums' Caravan - PAMIS Breaks

Callum’s Caravan provided short breaks in a fully accessible caravan at Haggerstone Castle, a holiday village near Berwick upon Tweed, for people with profound and multiple learning disabilities and their families/carers.

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Community Central Hall delivered an on-going activity programme for vulnerable Cared-for Older People 65+ during this time their Carer(s) received much-needed time to themselves.

This helping both target groups re-integrate back into the community to tackle their isolation/loneliness, regain their independence, and experiences.

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We provided four five-day breaks at various locations throughout Britain for young adults affected by life-long disabilities so that they could have fun away from the regular routine with a group of their friends and our staff and giving their entire families and carers some well-deserved respite.

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The Carers Choice Service offered carers an opportunity to have a short break from caring, through offering a Volunteer Befriender once a week to spend time with the person they are caring for.

Carers could choose to have some quality time to themselves, or access hospice services.

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Get Creative

Our pilot project provided music-based activities for 35 adults with disabilities, in monthly 3-hour sessions in a community venue within Renfrewshire.

This also provided 52 carers from Renfrewshire, Inverclyde and Glasgow with opportunities to take regular breaks, either with or without the person they care for.

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