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