RNIB Activate Project provided a combination of 2 Family Fun Days, 2 Residential Activity Breaks ‘Stepping Out’ for 11-13 years and ‘Promoting Independence’ for 14-18 years
We provided family weekend breaks to develop confidence and personal independence for blind/partially sighted children and young people while supporting parent/carers and providing a respite break for the whole family.
We provided a weekend for families with deaf children aged 2-4 years with information sessions included education & technology. We also provided a My Future weekend for deaf young people aged 16-20 years to meet, explore options for the future, & find out about support available when moving on in education/employment.
Our project enabled 5 Scottish adults who have OI (Osteogenesis Imperfecta), to attend our Family Weekend Conference with their family carers and children if any.
The event was held in Manchester the weekend of 11th Sep 2015.
We provided grants directly to carers who care for an adult who have serious mental health problems and mental illness.
Over the last year we have been running a programme of short breaks (residential and day events) for carers, and people being cared for, from the Gypsy/Traveller community living in Perth & Kinross, Lothian and Argyll.
A 5-day summer camp for 45 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 one-to-one and group sessions with Scottish Huntington’s Association Specialist Youth Advisors, on the issues surrounding Huntington’s disease and being a young carer.
We provided a 2 week Summer Club, including transport and intensive staffing, for 17 children with complex support needs.
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 high level care needs.
We ran a music and asthma management project in Renfrewshire for young carers using wind instruments as a tool for asthma self management. The project focussed on making learning about asthma self-management through playing a wind instrument fun.
Project outcomes included improvements in both symptom control and in asthma self-management and afforded the participants the opportunity to develop better breathing and asthma control through the playing of wind instruments. We achieved this by providing trained support in asthma management, quality musical tuition and developing and encouraging peer support mechanisms.
The project also met the objectives of the Scottish Government Young Carers Strategy for Scotland 2010 – 2015 especially in regard to: the right to have a healthy life, to spend time with friends, to enjoy opportunities for leisure, relaxation and play, and to an education, in this case music education, which is often denied to young people with asthma.
We ran a weekend Family Camp for families of children with serious and life limiting illnesses and disabilities.
13 families attended our camp, comprising 45 individual campers, made up of the ill child(ren), siblings and parents and / or carers. The campers came from across Scotland to attend camp which took place at Tulliallan castle in Fife from 15th to 17th May 2015.