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.
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.
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.
We provided grants directly to Carers living in Shetland Islands.
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.
We provided grants directly to carers who live in Shetland and are providing a substantial amount of care for an adult.
We provided a befriending service to support children and young people aged between 7 to 18 years who have Additional Support Needs to access mainstream provision on a weekly/fortnightly basis whilst giving the main carer a regular break.
We provided a group to support young sibling carers where they have an opportunity to be away from their caring roles. This has the additional benefit of providing respite time for parents as the group was run alongside the Disability Shetland Club.
We provided grants directly to carers who live in Shetland
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 provide a befriending 1:1 support service to children & young people aged between 7-18 years with ASN throughout Shetland. Volunteers are recruited from the community & train to become befrienders.
Volunteers are matched to a young person & they meet on a weekly or fortnightly basis for a few hours at a time and engage in positive & purposeful activities whilst their carer has a break.