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The Yard Youth Clubs

We delivered Yard’s Youth Clubs, which are three respite clubs that occur on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

The clubs are specifically for disabled teenagers to make friends, have fun and gain self confidence, whilst providing their carers with a break once a week for 48 weeks of the year.

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Junior Summer Camp

We provided an all-inclusive annual multi-sport, pan disability residential sports camp held at Badaguish Activity Centre.

The camp was very positive and intensive for participants and a great chance for carer respite sustained directly through time away at camp

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Stanmore Playscheme was delivered in school holidays at Stanmore House School. It offered safe, appropriate play, sporting, expressive arts and outdoor activities for young people with severe additional support needs.

The playscheme is organised by a voluntary committee and run by paid trained staff.

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Scotland Family Camp 2018

We hosted a Family Camp for Scotland families which was based at Tulliallan Police College Fife from 18th – 20th May 2018 inclusive, (3 days, 2 nights).

The camp was designed to cater for families of children with a serious, life limiting illness/disability which 16 families (67 individuals) attended.

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MECOPP organised a programme of short breaks for carers, and those they care for, from the Gypsy/Traveller community in Scotland.

These culturally appropriate breaks promoted positive wellbeing, reduced isolation and increased knowledge about carer services in local communities.

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Our project enabled young people living with Cystic Fibrosis to have one to one befriending support while their carer used the time to explore other activities whilst having a break from their carer role.

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We provided two breaks for children with cancer and leukaemia and their families, one to Haggerston Castle Family Caravan Park and another to Hilton Coylumbridge near Aviemore.

This allowed them to relax and have fun as a family, but also to meet others in the same situation as them.

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We provided fun weekly activities for 11-21 year old children and young people with Epilepsy and additional support needs and 2 residential weekend breaks. Allowing carers additional support so that they could have a break.

 

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Branch Out

Branch Out Project provided a programme of outdoor activities for young people with autism approaching school leaving age that builds resilience through increased confidence and self-esteem.

The Outdoor pursuits helped the young people gain skills in team working that aims equip them for life after school.

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We provided a 1 week activity break for 11-14 year olds and two residential weekends for 15-18 year old with vision impairment to promote their independence and allow respite for parents/carers. We provided family days across the country offering peer support and a break from the normal routine.

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