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We provided weekend breaks and outings for adults aged 21 years plus who have substantial special needs, providing opportunities for our young adults to reduce their social isolation, try activities with support and thereby giving their carers a well deserved break.

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Our project enabled young people living with Cystic Fibrosis to have one to one befriending support while their carer used the time to explore other activities whilst having a break from their carer role.

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Short Breaks 2017-2018

We provided short breaks for children & young people (aged 5 – 20 years) with substantial support needs, services of 6 hour breaks and overnight breaks of up to 48 hours.

The project provided leisure, recreational and socialisation opportunities for our young people and a much needed break for carers.

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SOAR Out of School groups

SOAR Youth Projects provided regular social activity groups for young people with additional support needs. A programme of activities is available including, trips, art and crafts, sports cooking and baking.

Activities were based in Invergordon, Tain and Alness. The young people aged 5-19 years were able to socialise, increase skills and confidence through attending the groups out with school hours.

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Reaching Further with Reach4Reality

We worked with 8 young people with autism involving them in outdoor activities tailored to their individual needs, both 1:1 sessions and small group activities or camps.

We ran short activity sessions in a range of outdoor activities, plus a family weekend camp. We also trialled the Duke of Edinburgh scheme.

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Cycling for Young People with Disabilities

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.

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We provided a 1 week activity break for 11-14 year olds and two residential weekends for 15-18 year old with vision impairment to promote their independence and allow respite for parents/carers. We provided family days across the country offering peer support and a break from the normal routine.

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We provided fun and exciting leisure and social activities for young people, that could be enjoyed with their friends, both in their local community and further afield.

The chance to access these activities would not ordinarily be available to our young people without support from family

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We provided lunch clubs and day activities for older people with disabilities, offering help and support to their carers.

Community Care Assynt is a project which promotes the independence of older people through the provision of lunch clubs and activities to help them stay within a social circle. We also offer carers a day respite service which allows carers to attend medical or other important appointments.

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We provided grants directly to carers who live in Highland to enable them to have a break and to have a life alongside caring.

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"As a family we were at breaking point...this break brought us all closer together and enabled us to have fun as a family and enjoy different surroundings. I can't thank you enough...for making this happen for us."

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