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Over the last year we have been running a programme of short breaks (residential and day events) for carers, and people being cared for, from the Gypsy/Traveller community living in Perth & Kinross, Lothian and Argyll.

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We provided grants directly to carers who live in the Scottish Borders.

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We provided grants directly to carers who live in the Western Isles.

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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 fortnightly carers respite group providing a range of therapeutic and educational activities as well as informative talks. Regular outdoor activities organised to boost confidence and promote relaxation so that this also benefits the person cared for.  Opportunities of social interaction to meet others in similar situations.

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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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Broomhouse Young Carers

We provided a weekly support group for Young Adult Carers aged 16 plus with a caring responsibility for a family member over and above the average young person.

The group provides support for Young Adult Carers in the form of advice, information, issue based sessions and bespoke one to one support from a dedicated Young Carer Support worker.

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We provided befriending sessions to carers living in Edinburgh on a 1 to 1 weekly/bi-weekly basis to fit in around their caring duties.

This allowed carers to have the opportunity to take a break from their caring responsibilities. The carer was given the choice of where to go, what to do in this time and for how long they would like to meet.

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Down's Syndrome Scotland Creative Breaks Fund

We provided grants directly to carers who care for an adult who has Down’s Syndrome who lives with them.

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We provided grants directly to carers who live in Dumfries & Galloway.

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