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We provided daily music sessions for three weeks in the summer holidays for children aged 5-13 who have Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Participants chose to either attend a group session or an individual session.

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We provided a Mission Discovery and Adventure Week for 24 deaf children and young people aged 8-15 and 12 were aged 16-18. This took place at Blairvadach on 1-5 August 2016.

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We provided a 4-day group summer activity programme for up to 30 children and young people with cerebral palsy and related conditions.

This physically active and challenging programme, led by therapists, aimed to provide fun activities to help improve the children and young people’s functional postural and mobility skills, enabling their parents/carers to get a break and/or spend time with siblings.

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REACH Lanarkshire Autism Summer Programme 2016

REACH Lanarkshire Autism provided summer activities for children and their families across Lanarkshire living with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

We organised their first ever family break to Lego Land Discovery and Wiston Lodge, we also held 2 sensory sessions for children with significant sensory needs both in North and South Lanarkshire.

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We delivered adaptive bike sessions for disabled communities across Scotland promoting all-inclusive cycling to young people with disabilities and additional support needs.

Bike buddies, support staff, trained staff and volunteers took part in, Cycling Scotland’s accredited Group Cycle Ride Leader in preparation for more sustainable services.

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Indepen-dance provided a 6 day creative dance residency for our Adult Performance Company who have learning disabilities.

It was hosted in the Zinc Arts Centre, Essex, the UK’s first fully accessible and residential arts centre complete with theatre space. Enabling their parents/carers to have a break.

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We offered short holiday breaks on our barges for young adults with multiple support needs including wheelchair users.

Just as important as the experience the young people had during their days away was the respite to the parents/carers.

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We provided weekly groups and facilitated friendships for 10 young people with additional support needs through their transition years (aged 14-19). The use of local community amenities has given the participants an opportunity to interact socially with others and build skills for independent living.

Monthly support has been provided for carers, giving them respite and an opportunity to have a break from their caring responsibilities, participating in fun, sociable activities, within their own community.

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The Cafe Holiday Club provided a range of short break recreation activities in a fun, safe environment for disabled children/young people.

At the same time provided short breaks from a caring role, enabling care providers to engage in activities of choice with confidence that their child/young person is in a positive, safe and fun environment.

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Positive Connections

We provided monthly family support groups for families with children affected by Spina Bifida and/or Hydrocephalus in 3 localities across Scotland.

We provided fully accessible play and support for the children whilst parents/carers had a break from their caring role and time to get together with others with shared experiences.

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