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VAS - Shetland Carers

Shetland Carers offered unpaid carers registered with the service the opportunity to attend activities during Carers Week. Activities included wellbeing/fitness sessions, creative pottery painting, a free cake and cuppa, a photo competition and a free 7 day pass to their local leisure centre.

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Social Activities and Teas

The project was to provide short breaks for unpaid carers by providing social events for the people they care for, to attend fortnightly. These were held in local church halls. Staff collected and accompanied the clients to the events and ensured they were safe & happy, thus giving carers a break.

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Highland Cycle Ability Centre

The project was for children and  young people with disabilities, mental, physical and learning, together with their carers. At the Highland Cycle Ability Centre, Cawdor, and, through our Outreach programme.

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VAS - Better Breaks - Shetland

Our Better Breaks project is part of our Carer Support Service delivering a shortbreak service in Shetland to both children and young people with disabilities and their carers. This is done through a range of targeted activities and groups which all aim to give time out.

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ASN Holiday Club

We provided a holiday club for disabled children across the Shetland Islands. The club ran for a week at Easter, 4 weeks at Summer and a week in October. We provided fun packed days and a variety of activities to 90 children over the 3 holiday clubs, providing a break to 70 families.

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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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Shetland Carers Creative Breaks

We provided an additional range of breaks for unpaid carers in Shetland to offer time out for themselves, support for their mental and physical health and a chance to connect with other carers.

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Summer Sports Camp

Up to 70 children and young people will be given the opportunity to experience sport and physical activity with peers of similar ages and disabilities. The aim would be to encourage independence, find social groups and gain confidence to keep active.

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Voluntary Action Shetland (VAS) - Better Breaks Project

Our Better Breaks project is part of our Carer Support Service delivering a shortbreak service in Shetland to both children and young people with disabilities and their carers. This is done through a range of targeted activities and groups which all aim to give time out.

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We provide supervised rides for young people with disabilities, autism, challenging behaviour, mental health, and their carers and specially adapted equipment, either at our track or with them on Outreach, visiting their clubs or support groups.

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