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MECOPP organised a programme of short breaks for carers and the cared for from the Gypsy/Traveller community in Scotland.

These breaks promoted positive well-being, reduced isolation, increased confidence and the potential to realise personal ambitions as well as increasing knowledge of carer support.

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We provided a unique timeshare experience where with one click, parents can choose regular weekly or monthly 2 hour breaks to discover something new or just relax and recuperate. Safe in the knowledge their young people are making new friends and learning life skills.

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Junior Summer Camp

We delivered an all-inclusive annual multi-sport, pan disability residential sports camp held at Badaguish Activity Centre. The camp was for four days long, very positive and intensive for participants and a great chance for carer respite sustained directly through time away at camp.

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Scotland Family Camp 2019

We hosted a Family Camp in Scotland for families of children with a serious life-limiting illness/disability. Camp was based at Tulliallan Police College, Fife from 26th – 28th April 2019 inclusive, (3 days, 2 nights).

Camp provided respite and fun for carers and children alike.

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We provided two breaks for groups of 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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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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