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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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We offered families affected by childhood epilepsy a 2-day break away from their usual routine.

We aimed to give 20 children and young people with epilepsy the chance to take part in fun, challenging activities to build their skills and confidence, and to give up to 50 carers, including young carers, the opportunity to meet and share experiences in a safe, supportive environment.

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We held a very successful summer club in Glasgow over 10 days in July 2014 which benefitted carers of members of Ashcraig Former Pupils’ Club, an organisation which provides a safe social environment for young adults with physical/visual disabilities. Members took part in a variety of activities such as sport, drama and art projects.

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We provided grants directly to carers who care for an adult who has Down’s syndrome who lives with them.

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We provided grants directly to carers who look after someone with Motor Neurone Disease (MND), and to people with MND who have a carer who will also benefit. The project covers the whole of Scotland.

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Caring Connections Haven@Home is a successful initiative providing planned respite breaks and emotional support to carers and cared for in their own home across North and South Lanarkshire . The project supports people affected by a range of long term conditions and comorbidities who find it difficult to access support outwith the home due to complex caring routines, ill health or transport issues

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We provided grants directly to carers who provide care and support to people with serious mental health problems and mental illness

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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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Speakeasy Lanarkshire Respite Break

We provided 2 respite breaks for carers and their cared for who are laryngectomies (removal of the voice box) due to cancer and are a self help group for fellow laryngectomees, oral, facial, head and neck cancers living in North and South Lanarkshire.

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Family Weekend

Our project enabled 5 Scottish adults, who have Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI) , to attend our Family Weekend Conference, by covering the travel and accommodation costs for them, their family carers and their children if any. The event was held in London in August 2014.

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"The relaxation session at the end of the presentations was really good and gave me some good techniques to reduce stress at home."

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