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The project involved taking groups of carers to rural and remote rural parts of Scotland to take part in a supported residential short break. Activities included Forest Walks, Astronomy, Art Workshops, Village Hall Cinema nights, Singing and music, Island tours and exploring the area.

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The Makers On Tour

‘Makers on tour’ provided mutually beneficial respite to carers of learning disabled adults aged 21-35 through community creative activity booked by a simple phone call.

We partnered with community organisations who could continue to include cared for adults to generate more respite for their carers

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A range of short breaks activities were run for 140 carers in Edinburgh and Midlothian over the festive period 2019/2020. These included ‘Surviving Christmas’ workshops, complementary therapy, self-directed break vouchers, group trips, a SMART group meeting and events at the Edinburgh Carers’ Hub.

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Siblings & Young Carers Camp 2020

Siblings & Young Carers Camp 2020 was a virtual camp experience for 48 young carers which took place Tuesday 14th – Thursday 16th July 2020. This project brought the magic, connectivity and respite of camp to young carers in Scotland in the safety of their homes during lockdown.

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Supporting Inclusive Festivals

We worked with a variety of festivals across Scotland to support them to be more inclusive of people with profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD).

As people with profound and multiple learning disabilities and their families can feel left out, on the margins of society. They identified that festivals were a great place to enjoy meaningful time together as a family. This project supported that vision and helped festivals to be more inclusive.

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Au-some Animators

Au-some Animators is a small group of young autistic people age 13-18 in Midlothian who meet every Friday night in a local library. The club offers a regular social life for young people who enjoy animation.

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The Saturday Adventure Team provided opportunities for autistic children to get together in a safe and supported environment to have fun, make friends, explore and expand their horizons.

The regular six hour sessions give parents and carers valuable time to do other things at the weekend.

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Disabled children and young people use their imagination to create their own musical theatre, developing skills, building confidence, making friends and having fun through the mediums of music, dance and drama.

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We provided respite holiday breaks for children suffering from cancer and leukaemia and their families.

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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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"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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