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Project Teen Ranch

We provided four activities weekends, three for children diagnosed with autism under the age of 18 and one for young carer siblings living in Perth & Kinross.

The camps were preceded by 4 months of social events to allow the children to get to know their fellow campers and build relationships with staff and volunteers before going to camp which was often their first time away from home.

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We provided grants directly to carers who care for an adult who has Down’s syndrome who lives with them.

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Therapies provide carers with an opportunity to relax and be pampered and enjoy the relaxing experience provided. There is also peer support from other carers who understand the ups and downs of what it means to be a carer.

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We provided grants directly to carers who look after someone with Motor Neurone Disease (MND), and to people with MND who have a carer who will also benefit. The project covers the whole of Scotland.

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The Roses Project

The Roses Project provides personal development, outdoor activity courses for groups of young carers at Tavool House on the Island of Mull.

We offer a unique respite opportunity and aim to make a difference to young people’s lives by increasing their confidence and self-esteem; teaching them new skills and improving their physical well-being and mental health

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Young Carers Project Creative Kids Group

We support young carers in Perth and Kinross aged 5 to 16 to receive fortnightly respite to ensure they get a break from their caring role. We run a Creative Kids group which focuses on support with homework, creative activities and reducing social isolation.

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We provided grants directly to carers who provide care and support to people with serious mental health problems and mental illness

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We provide weekend residential short breaks for carers called Stepping Out. The breaks are organised with activities, therapies, learning something new, outings, events and lots of social opportunities to bring carers together. Carers are free to join in with all the activities on offer or to take time out as they please.

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We provided grants directly to carers who live in Scotland and are caring for someone with a diagnosis of dementia.

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DofE Paddlers on Tour

A team originally of 8 young people, but dropping to 7 got together to learn navigation, wild camp craft, (including outdoor cooking skills), videography and canoeing skills.  The events occurred in East Dunbartonshire, Glasgow, Ayrshire, Lochgoilhead and on Loch Goil and Loch Lomond.

The team canoed on open water, took part in self-rescue skills, (capsize drill) and camped on remote islands on the Loch.  In addition a water sports based residential opportunity for 10 young people lasting 5 days was provided in Lochgoilhead.  They then worked together to produce a video summary and have spoken at events to promote their activities.

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