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RNIB Activate Project provided a combination of 2 Family Fun Days, 2 Residential Activity Breaks ‘Stepping Out’ for 11-13 years and ‘Promoting Independence’ for 14-18 years

We provided family weekend breaks to develop confidence and personal independence for blind/partially sighted children and young people while supporting parent/carers and providing a respite break for the whole family.

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We provided respite for young carers to receive a short break away from their caring role and responsibilities at home, by hosting Mini Young Carer Camps that included an overnight stay and/or day trips.

The Young Carer Mini Camps/day trips were targeted at the hardest to reach and most vulnerable young carers that Y sort It engages with via our Young Carers 1-2-1 service both existing and new referrals.

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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.

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We provided grants directly to carers who care for someone living with dementia. The break or activity must help to decrease carer stress, increase carer wellbeing and help them sustain their caring role.

It is aimed that this is done without adverse effect on the person that they care for and mostly an alternative to traditional respite.

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Short break to Alton Towers by coach for 20 Kinship Carers and the 32 children they care for.

Allowing Kinship Carers to relax, spend quality time with the children in a fun atmosphere, reduce isolation and provide support for one another. Experiencing a range of activities in theme park.

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A 5-day summer camp for 45 young people aged 8 – 25 years old, living in a family affected by Huntington’s disease.

The camp included a range of daytime and evening activities as well as one-to-one and group sessions with Scottish Huntington’s Association Specialist Youth Advisors, on the issues surrounding Huntington’s disease and being a young carer.

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We provided grants directly to carers who care for an adult. The grants were available to allow the carer to have a break on their own or to have a break with the person that they were caring for.

Grants were available to carers living in West Dunbartonshire caring for an adult with a wide range of disabilities and illnesses.

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Social & Emotional Support to Deaf Children and their Families

West Scotland Deaf Children’s Society provides social and emotional support to deaf children and their families.

Better breaks funding enabled us to offer many opportunities for our young people to meet and mix with an age appropriate peer group at our Saturday Sign Activity Club, a youth group and in partnership with St Roch’s Secondary School an after school club.

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We are a parent/carer led social support group for children with disabilities and their families.  We organise social events such as Halloween party’s, Christmas outings and play-scheme trips.

We also have a caravan in Ayr for our members to use, and hold monthly support meetings for parents & carers.

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To support the continuation of an annual multi-sport, pan disability residential sports camp held at Largs National Sports Centre in July 2014.

Demand for the camps is growing and we cannot expand places or provide additional equipment. The camps are three days long, very positive and intensive for participants and a great chance for carer respite.

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