Our Project provided creative solutions for carers as they began a new life out of lockdown. We provided regular, ongoing breaks from the caring role, delivered via a wellbeing activity breaks programme comprising a broad range of activities and facilitated WhatsApp groups for Peer Support.
Community Central Hall ran a wellbeing support programme offering befriending, respite and social activities, and practical support for isolated older people with disabilities and additional support needs during which time their Carer(s) received much-needed respite, improving the inclusion, resilience, health and wellbeing of both groups.
We provided places for 20 children (with Better Breaks Funding) who live in Glasgow to attend our holiday clubs. This provided families who have children with complex needs the opportunity to have some much-needed respite while their children were cared for and had fun.
We provided short breaks from care for carers of adults with complex support needs by enabling carers to participate in activities of choice free from their role as carer whilst their cared-for adult is participating in activities to improve their health and wellbeing and have fun with their peers.
We provided a 5-day summer camp in July 2022 for 38 young carers, aged 8 – 25 years old, living in a family impacted by Huntington’s Disease.
The camp provided a programme of customised activities, one-to-one and group sessions on the issues surrounding Huntington’s Disease and being a young carer.
We provided breaks at various locations throughout the UK for 12 young adults affected by disabilities funded through the Creative Breaks Fund so that they could pursue their interests and have fun together with a group of their friends and peers supported by our staff.
We delivered an Easter/Summer holiday programme in Glasgow for young people (age 11 to 18) with complex support needs. We provided a choice of activities and trips: enabling the young people to have fun and socialise, whilst their carers had a break.
Our weeklong residential camp in Aberfoyle was for young people aged 10-18 who are deaf or affected by deafness. They undertook a series of outdoor & indoor activities focussing on independence building, confidence, addressing isolation and encouraging a positive deaf identity.
We delivered a week of daily music sessions for 20 children and young people who have autism. Participants attended their allocated group or individual slot for 5 consecutive days, culminating in an informal sharing session on the Friday of the week. Short recordings and films were also produced.
SAMs Charity ran a Summer Respite Holiday, which helped children/young people with disabilities/multiple ASN and their Parents/Carers better cope with both existing and new challenges created by the pandemic, reduced their isolation, and improved their wellbeing, resilience, and quality of life.