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Additional Support Needs Saturday Service

Our project was to provide experiences for children with additional support needs on Saturdays. The project was to provide parents and carers with much needed respite.

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The project is for young people with disabilities/difficulties with or without a learning disability. Key focus on young people with Autism. Young people aged 8 to 16 years who reside in Dundee, West Lothian or Midlothian.

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Social and Emotional Support for Deaf Children, Young People and their Families

Our project provides clubs with fun, stimulating, enjoyable and fully inclusive activities for deaf children and young people which improves their confidence, self esteem, mental health and well-being, whilst also providing a much needed break for their carers.

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Camp in the Cloud 2021 - Scottish Families

We delivered 9, day-long, online Camp in the Cloud family camp sessions throughout 2022 which served 31 children living with serious illness, and 34 of their family members from Scotland. We brought fun, respite and connection to families at a time of crisis.

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Support For All

Our project was Support For All (2). The project was a continuation of a project we delivered successfully in 2020. Providing activities for children in Midlothian with disabilities. The project also provided Bright Sparks families with a short break and family activities.

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Scotland Siblings and Young Carers Camp 2021

Scotland Siblings and Young Carers Camp is for children and young people aged 8-17, who are the siblings of children living with serious illness. Our unique Therapeutic Recreation camp ran virtually over summer & provides campers with long term benefits and short term respite from their caring roles

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We delivered KMAdotcom an arts studio in Midlothian which develops the creative opportunity of 12 adult artists with learning disability, giving their parents regular days away from caring.

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Surviving Christmas

The Project offered unpaid carers an opportunity to get some time away from their caring role by giving them access to a range of free group and individual activities, which were designed to provide some breathing space and reduce the pressures on their caring role over the festive period.

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Room for Art - Room for Carers

We delivered Room for Art a series of online visual arts workshops facilitated by an artist on a weekly basis for unpaid carers in Edinburgh and Midlothian with the aim of improving health and wellbeing. Art material packs accompanied the sessions and we explored lots of different art techniques.

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SHA Summer Camp 2021

During the summer holidays 38 young carers living in a family impacted by Huntington’s disease took a break from their caring responsibilities by attending an activity day. Young carers took part in a programme of activities including archery, kayaking, paddle boarding and bowling.

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"These breaks are the best thing that can happen to caring families. The time away is just perfect to relax and escape just for a while"

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