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We provided a 5-day summer camp for 50 young people from across Scotland, aged between 8 – 25 years old, living in a family impacted by Huntington’s Disease.

The camp gave young people the chance to grow in confidence and develop personally while getting support on issues relating to Huntington’s Disease and  also being a young carer.

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The Socialites

Artlink’s Socialites provided activities for young people with complex needs in Midlothian through creative placements around unique skills like animation and music. This allowed the carers to have a break from their caring role.

Through strategic alliances with key supports, we generated sustained involvement for the young person and their peers.

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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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We developed provision of a 1 week family holiday for a maximum of 25 families with children and young people aged 5-18 years with a very wide range of complex physical and learning difficulties together with their families in a fully equipped residential caravan with at the Berwick Holiday Centre.

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We provided a programme of flexible short breaks for families in Midlothian who have children with additional support needs. Families were allocated a set number of hours with a paid carer to enable children and young people to take part in leisure and social activities.

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UpMo Extra: Friday Night and Weekend Activities

We provided activities for young people up to 20 years who have additional support needs and who live in Edinburgh or The Lothians. We ran a supper club and disco between our regular hours, a 2 night break and 9 day and evening trips.

Upward Mobility supports adults with additional support needs, we provide a range of workshops, which assist students to realise their potential & live full, happy lives. Students can also attend day, evening & multi-night breaks, giving carers much needed respite.

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We provided two breaks for children with cancer and leukaemia and their families, one to Haggerston Castle Family Caravan Park and another to Hilton Coylumbridge near Aviemore.

This allowed them to relax and have fun as a family, but also to meet others in the same situation as them.

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We provided fun weekly activities for 11-21 year old children and young people with Epilepsy and additional support needs and 2 residential weekend breaks. Allowing carers additional support so that they could have a break.


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Family Experience Take 3

Bright Sparks provided families and carers the unique opportunity to experience supported breaks away, which due to their children’s disabilities would not always be possible.

These breaks are fully organised and facilitated by parent volunteers.

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Branch Out

Branch Out Project provided a programme of outdoor activities for young people with autism approaching school leaving age that builds resilience through increased confidence and self-esteem.

The Outdoor pursuits helped the young people gain skills in team working that aims equip them for life after school.

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"How refreshing to meet other people with similar experiences and be able to talk so freely knowing they could understand your worries and concerns"

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