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We offered carers an opportunity to have a short break from caring, by offering a Volunteer Befriender once a week to spend time with the person they are caring for.

Carers had some quality time to themselves, or could use this time to access hospice based activities and support.

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Epilepsy Connections Outward Bound Activity Weekend Break

We provided a family break to Ardentinny Outdoor Centre in September 2017. Families took part in a programme of fun, challenging activities.

Epilepsy Connections work in Greater Glasgow & Clyde, Forth Valley and Ayrshire & Arran to support children and adults with epilepsy, and their families, to live as well as possible with what can be a lifelong, unpredictable disease. The suite of services we offer has been developed in collaboration with people who have epilepsy and those who support them.

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We provided grants directly to carers who live within or care for someone within the Glasgow City boundary.

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We provided grants directly to carers who support those affected by mental illness living in Scotland.

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Scottish Disability Sport Junior Summer Camp

We provided a fully-supported, managed, all-inclusive residential multi-sports and activity camp for 35 youngsters at the newly refurbished accessible Inverclyde Centre in Largs.

The camp was four days long and provides a positive, inclusive and active environment for youngsters aged 10-18 with a physical or sensory impairment.

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SHAYP Summer Camp 2017

We provided a 5-day summer camp for 35 young people, aged 8 – 25 years old, living in a family affected by Huntington’s Disease.

The camp included a range of daytime and evening activities as well as one-to-one and group sessions with Scottish Huntington’s Association Specialist Youth Advisors, on the issues surrounding Huntington’s disease and being a young carer.

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Creative Residency

We provided a six day creative dance residency for 20 adults with learning disabilities in June 2017 in Belfast.

Indepen-dance is a Glasgow based inclusive dance development company, providing dance for disabled people via an annual core programme of weekly creative movement classes, quarterly training courses and performances opportunities.

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Adventure Under Sail for Young Carers

We provided five residential 5 day sail training voyages for young carers in 2017.

The holistic voyage experience sailing around the Scottish coast enabled young carers to develop new interests and skills, lasting friendships, and lead their own life outwith their caring responsibilities.

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Young Adults Creative Breaks

We provided four breaks at various locations throughout the UK for young adults whose lives are affected by life long disabilities so that they could pursue their interests, discover new passions and have fun together with a group of their friends and peers.

They were supported by our staff and giving their entire families and carers some well-needed respite. Each break lasted for 5 days and 4 nights away from home.

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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.

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