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Family Residential Weekend – Fife

In April 2019 we held a residential camp, to support disadvantaged children who are living with a chronic illness: either Crohn’s disease or Ulcerative Colitis, which is inhibiting their quality of life. Some parents and siblings also participated. The camp was located at Tulliallan Castle in Fife.

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Friday and Saturday Fun

We provided family sessions and activities in our Centre and provided opportunities for family activities out in our community on a Friday afternoon and Saturday for children with disabilities in Midlothian.

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SHAYP Summer Camp 2019

We provided a 5-day summer camp in Aviemore for 50 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 practical sessions on coping with being a young carer in a Huntington’s Disease family.

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Scotland Siblings & Young Carers Camp 2019

We ran a young carers camp in Scotland for the siblings of children who suffer from a serious illness/disability. The camp, which took place at Strathallan School in Perth from 7th – 13th July, gave young carers respite from their caring role and time to grow in self-confidence and make new friends.

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Gig Buddies Lothians

Gig Buddies enabled adults with a learning disability to get out to gigs and events they love by paring them with a volunteer who shares the same interests.

We also run regular social events for our members to expand their social networks and discover events in their local area.

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The project involved taking groups of carers to rural and remote rural parts of Scotland to take part in supported residential breaks. Activities such as Astronomy, Chemistry, Tours, Art Workshops, Village Hall Cinema Nights, Singing, Music and Ceilidhs were available over the course of the breaks.

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Caring for Carers

Milan provided a quality break for carers/ex carers from South Asian communities in Edinburgh and The Lothians who care for older people, giving them opportunities of therapeutic/educational sessions which is otherwise not possible due to their demanding and stressful roles.

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The Outward Mobility project provided breaks for young people with learning disabilities across Edinburgh and The Lothians.

These short breaks included day trips and trips away from home, to facilities such as Center Parcs. These afforded valuable respite breaks to carers and the people that they care for.

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We provided a unique timeshare experience where with one click, parents can choose regular weekly or monthly 2 hour breaks to discover something new or just relax and recuperate. Safe in the knowledge their young people are making new friends and learning life skills.

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We provided a social club on Thursday evenings for isolated young adults with learning difficulties, behavioural difficulties, disabilities and/or additional support needs so they can socialise and participate in a range of different activities at our Centre in Portobello as well as regular outings.

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