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To support the continuation of an annual multi-sport, pan disability residential sports camp held at Largs National Sports Centre in July 2014.

Demand for the camps is growing and we cannot expand places or provide additional equipment. The camps are three days long, very positive and intensive for participants and a great chance for carer respite.

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Children & Young People's Service

We provided 1:1 and group befriending for children and young people with learning disabilities living in the Scottish Borders.

This improved their quality of life and gave their family carers the chance to enjoy a life outside of their caring role.  The service was delivered entirely by volunteers.

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RNIB Activate

RNIB Activate delivered a programme of activities for children and young people living with sight loss and their families across Scotland.

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A programme of residential short breaks for groups of young adults with a diagnosis of autism who do not access short break services as part of their regular support.

Primary elements of the residential short breaks we offered were to provide essential respite to parents/carers as well as giving the opportunity to participants to engage in new activities and learn new skills in a new environment.

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We provided grants directly to carers who live in the Scottish Borders

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Adult Short Breaks Project

We provided 1:1 and group befriending for adults with learning disabilities living in the Scottish Borders. This improved their quality of life and gave their family carers the chance to enjoy a life outside of their caring role. The service was delivered entirely by volunteers.

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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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Home and Away

To date we have delivered respite services to 2 young people and 3 carers, a 5 week arts club and an 8 week photography club.

Young people have gone out for dinner, gone to the pantomime, visited local fetes, had walks along the beach, massage/girly pampering sessions, visited local parks, taken lots of photographs, made lots of art works and held an exhibition.

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Part A - Out of School Summer Project Part B - Out of School Summer Playscheme for Under 8's

Part A – Out of School Project Up to Oct 2013
• 9 weekends of 11 hours support for one young person
• 3, 3 hour sessions, supporting 3 young people for 1 week of Easter holidays
•18, 3 hour sessions, supporting 3 young people for 6 weeks of the summer holidays
•3, 3 hour sessions, supporting 3 young people for 1 week of October holidays

Part B
Aberlour Summer Playscheme 2013 Under 8 yr olds
Total days = 15 days / 8 hrs per day / 15 children per day
Days received 5 children received 15 days 4 children received 14 days 3 children received 12 days 2 children received 10 days 1 child received 9 days 1 child received 7 days 3 children received 5 days 1 child received Available: 225 places Used : 221 % used : 98.2%

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Children's and Young People's Service

Services and activities have been as planned. There have been 24 1:1 links and 55 in groups. These have involved 45 children aged 8-15 and 33 aged 16-20  1:1 links meet  weekly, fortnightly or monthly for a variety of community activities such as playing football in the park and swimming.

There are ten befriending groups meeting fortnightly. There are more volunteers than service users, making groups as much like mainstream youth groups as possible.

Group activities have been varied, for example Jewellery making and Halloween nights, a film project, cookery evenings, drama workshops, a talent show, and Health Awareness sessions.

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