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VAS Better Breaks Shetland

Our Better Breaks project is part of our Carer Support Service where we aim to deliver 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.

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Ability Shetland delivered a Holiday Club for children and young people with disabilities and additional support needs in the Shetland Islands.

The Holiday Club offered a fun packed programme of recreational, educational and social activities for six weeks of the year, during the school holidays.

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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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Highland Cycle Ability Centre

The Highland Cycle Ability Centre provided a safe, secure, peaceful and traffic-free environment for disabled children and young people and their peers to enjoy cycling sessions.

There was also the addition of the new adventure track, this has encouraged everyone to explore their own independence and exposure to new things.

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Disability Shetland planned, managed, organised and ran a Holiday Club for children and young people in Shetland who have disabilities and additional support needs.

The Holiday Club offered a programme of recreational, educational and social activities for six weeks a year, during school holidays.

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Better Breaks Shetland

VAS Better Breaks Project offers a range of activities and short break opportunities to support parent carers, sibling carers and the cared for person themselves. The activities are designed to be person centred and where possible to be mutually beneficial for the carer and the person they support.

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Disability Shetland planned, managed, organised and ran a Holiday Club for children and young people in Shetland who have disabilities and additional support needs.

The Holiday Club offered a programme of recreational, educational and social activities for six weeks a year, during school holidays.

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We offered various short break opportunities to carers of young people under 18 years living in Shetland.

The short breaks included,  a sibling group (plus activities in the school holidays), family days, parent support group (with opportunities for rural parents to meet) and a group for children with social communication difficulties.

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We provided grants directly to Carers living in Shetland Islands.

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Disability Shetland Holiday Club

We provided a holiday club which runs for 6 weeks during school holidays. This club provided educational, cultural and recreational activities for children and young people with disabilities and additional support needs.

It helped to assist their personal development and enable their parents to experience respite for the duration of the club.

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