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Able2Sail Sailing Season 2019-20

We took young people and their families for a mixture of half day sails, day sails on a modified sailing yacht. In consultation with youth forum members we will tailor a programme leading to RYA certification including 2/3 day sails.

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We provided monthly family support groups, fortnightly playschemes, and monthly preschool groups for babies, children and young people in the West of Scotland affected by the lifelong disabilities of Spina bifida/Hydrocephalus, as well as their carers and siblings.

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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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Cosgrove Connections brought families who have a young person with complex needs together. Families in West Central Scotland have accessed a range of themed family days and 9 short breaks, sustaining them in their caring role and building skills, friendships and confidence in young people.

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Music and Movement

We provided carers and their loved ones with a varied programme of music and movement initiatives. The programme aimed to encourage and inspire participants to engage in relaxing and fun activities, harnessing the social, physical and mental health benefits of the activities.

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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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The project was to create another Dual Breaks Club for carers in another Local Authority area, this being Inverclyde as well as the existing club in Renfrewshire. This has allowed carers the opportunity and peace of mind to take a break either with, or without the person they Care For.

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We provided an 8 day Summer Club, including transport and intensive staffing, for children with complex support needs.

There was one tailored week for older and one for younger pupils. An activity and play based club for children unable to access community run schemes due to their support needs.

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We delivered the PAMIS ‘My Time’ Fun & Friendship Club enabled young people with profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD) and their families/carers to access leisure opportunities to help meet some of their health and well-being outcomes, whilst offering a whole family experience.

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Social and Emotional Support for Deaf Children and their Families

Our project provided opportunities to bring our deaf young people together through a series of activities and events.

These events were mostly held at Deaf Connections and the Adelphi Centre with other activities held in a variety of other locations. St Roch’s After School Club enjoyed a 3 night-trip to Staffordshire & Alton Towers.

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