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A Wee Treat

We delivered our Wee Treat project, which offered unpaid carers a range of trips and activities in various locations over the Scottish Borders to help them feel part of a supportive group, enjoy a break, reduce isolation, build confidence and increase a sense of wellbeing.

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Learning Disabilities Befriending Project

We provided volunteer befriending Short Breaks for 75 adults with learning disabilities and 120 family carers in the Scottish Borders.

Members and volunteers enjoyed group and 1:1 friendships, and carers had time for themselves, knowing those they care for were enjoying themselves safely.

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SHA Youth Service Summer Camp 2024

We provided a 5-day summer camp in July 23 for 48 young people, aged 8 – 25 years old, living in a family impacted by Huntington’s Disease. The camp provided a programme of customised activities, one-to-one and group sessions on the issues surrounding Huntington’s Disease and being a young carer.

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Stronger Links : Stronger Families

Our project delivered leisure activities for children and young people aged 12-18 affected by spina bifida and hydrocephalus and their parents/carers and siblings.

Support Workers will coordinate to overcome the accessibility and inclusion barriers to participation, and provide holistic family support.

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Learning Disabilities Befriending Project

We provided 1:1 and group befriending for 62 children and young people with learning disabilities in the Scottish Borders, with respite for 108 carers. Members and volunteers enjoyed friendships & opportunities together and Carers had short breaks knowing their children were enjoying themselves.

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Aberlour Options Adventures

Options Adventures gives young people with complex needs and disabilities the opportunity to participate in activities they otherwise would not be able to access and experience. It allows them to interact with their peer group whilst giving parents/carers respite from their caring roles.

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AdoptionUK Scotland - Short Breaks Programme

The provision of short breaks for adopted and kinship children and young people and breaks for caring for parents and carers through inclusive family events and activities, including a residential weekend break.

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BANG and Branching Out Family and Youth Project

Borders Additional Needs Delivered a Five week Summer camp with sports and creative arts workshops in 2022 for Additional Support Needs Family Summer Camp and a Residential camp for Additional Support Needs Youths aged 16-24 years of age at Rock UK Whithaugh Park. Children aged 16-20 years were funded by Better Breaks.

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Mini Denners

​​​​​​​​​Mini Denners is a “nursery” experience for our children under 5 with cancer, their siblings and carers from Jak’s Den, Livingston and Aberdeen. Activities include music, story time, messy play, crafts and snack allows our children to experience the joy and wonder of early years and we also provide pampers for their carers.

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Learning Disabilities Befriending Project

We provided Short Breaks for 75 adults with learning disabilities and 120 family carers in the Scottish Borders through volunteer befriending.

Members and volunteers enjoyed friendships, and carers had time for themselves, knowing those they care for were enjoying themselves safely.

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