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We provided grants directly to carers who live in West Lothian.

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We provided grants directly to carers who provide care and support to people with serious mental health problems and mental illness

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We provide weekend residential short breaks for carers called Stepping Out. The breaks are organised with activities, therapies, learning something new, outings, events and lots of social opportunities to bring carers together. Carers are free to join in with all the activities on offer or to take time out as they please.

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We provided grants directly to carers who live in Scotland and are caring for someone with a diagnosis of dementia.

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Better Breaks for CCLASP Families

Every year we organise special breaks for our families. The children and young people we support have cancer or leukaemia – a long term or incurable disease. Many of our families are on low incomes because they are carers and have had to give up paid employment.

We have been able to offer new and additional holidays to the families who come to us for support. Holidays have included to Torquay in Devon and Donnas Dreamhouse in Blackpool.

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Home and Away

To date we have delivered respite services to 2 young people and 3 carers, a 5 week arts club and an 8 week photography club.

Young people have gone out for dinner, gone to the pantomime, visited local fetes, had walks along the beach, massage/girly pampering sessions, visited local parks, taken lots of photographs, made lots of art works and held an exhibition.

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Saturday Nights

To date we have held four events: a night out bowling, a DVD & pizza night at our main base in Edinburgh, a bonfire and BBQ within a community garden, and a Festive Fun party to celebrate the holidays coming. 35 young folk have attended between 1 and 4 events of their choosing, with each attending an average of 2 so far.

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Blazing Saddles

We set up two local cycling hubs in each of the geographic areas at the venues identified following consultation with parents/carers,providers and young people, the third is progressing as planned.

We arranged school visits linking into the local cycling hub, targeting specific schools. We organised weekly after school cycling sessions, for example 24 weekly sessions have been organised as Open bike nights at the Fife hub and a 16 weekly programme at the Edinburgh hub. Organised 10 cycle out days and events engaging 260 young people.

Trained one Blazing Saddles’ volunteer as a professional Bike Mechanic (Velotech Gold Award) thus providing a full service and repair check of the bikes. Provided recognised Cycling Scotland Bike Leader Training but adapted the course to focus on leading disabled children on adapted bikes.

We worked with Scottish Disability Sport, Scottish Cycling and Cycling Scotland to identify and map mainstream cycling clubs who support cycling for disabled people.

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Our project has so far delivered eight activity days, two residential breaks and is in the process of delivering activity days leading up to a third residential break which will take place in February 2014. We are also planning our siblings group break.

One of the groups was planned in conjunction with West Lothian Council through their supplemental funding. We had several young people join us for the day trip element and not the overnights, so the breaks were designed specifically to meet their needs.

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We held a summer club in July 2013 with a variety of activities and outings for young people to choose from.  We are also offering an after school club four nights per week with escorted transport included. The summer club was extended by a week and exceeded its target for carers respite hours. 14 young people rather than the planned 12 attended.

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