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Y Sort It Young Carers Camps Away & Day Trips

We provided respite for Young Carers who received 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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Center Parcs Healthy Activities Break

We provided a healthy activities break to Center Parcs in the Lake District for 20 Kinship Carers and the 30 children they care for.

The break offers many opportunities to do activities such as swimming, cycling etc as well as enjoy the calming environment of the forest. The carers feel they are not all alone and feel better supported in their caring role.

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We provided grants directly to carers who care for an adult with serious mental health problems or mental illness, living in Scotland.

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We organised a small programme of Short Breaks (Family Days and Residentials) for Carers and those being Cared For, from the Gypsy/Traveller Community.

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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 grants directly to carers who are looking after someone 21 years and over, living In West Dunbartonshire.


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We organised a 4 day holiday to Flamingo Land West Yorkshire for Kinship Carer’s and their families living in West Dunbartonshire. Their first ever

Their first ever holiday it was a time for the children to bond and make new frienships with children of the same circumstances to better their daily lives and show that they are not “alone” in kinship. We are a support group in West Dunbartonshire who provide support and a listening ear to carers in the region

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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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Able2Sail provided sailing opportunities for half & whole day weekend on a modified yacht & motor cruiser for people affected by disability.

We provide dinghy and powerboat training which leads to RYA certification for our Youth Forum. We liaised with partners to prioritise young people with most complex needs.

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Social & Emotional Support to Deaf Children and their Families

We provided a wide variety of fun & stimulating activities and opportunities for our deaf young people from all over the West of Scotland, to meet and mix with an age appropriate peer group while their carers enjoyed a break from their caring roles.

For many of our families the clubs provided the only social activity and meaningful peer interaction that the children and young people have, and the only break their carers are able to actually relax and benefit from.

West Scotland Deaf Children’s Society provides social and emotional support to deaf children, young people and their families this alleviates the isolation and loneliness they experience in a hearing world. Helps build their confidence, foster lifelong friendships, builds self esteem and helps them to see their deafness in a more positive light.



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