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We provided grants directly to carers who live in Midlothian

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We provided grants directly to carers who live in the Highlands.

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We support Young Carers aged between 5 and 16 years old. We have created an Outreach group in Blairgowrie which allows the Young Carers in this rural area to easily to attend a respite group that provides support with their caring role.

We have also been developing a Nurture Programme focused on personal outcomes.

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Flexible respite care at home to support Carers of individuals living with dementia providing “ME” time.

Cared for individuals will receive home support and befriending/activities. Respite is provided to carers whose caring roles are the most demanding and to those who are not currently receiving any respite services.

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We ran a music and asthma management project in Renfrewshire for young carers using wind instruments as a tool for asthma self management. The project focussed on making learning about asthma self-management through playing a wind instrument fun.

Project outcomes included improvements in both symptom control and in asthma self-management and afforded the participants the opportunity to develop better breathing and asthma control through the playing of wind instruments. We achieved this by providing trained support in asthma management, quality musical tuition and developing and encouraging peer support mechanisms.

The project also met the objectives of the Scottish Government Young Carers Strategy for Scotland 2010 – 2015 especially in regard to: the right to have a healthy life, to spend time with friends, to enjoy opportunities for leisure, relaxation and play, and to an education, in this case music education, which is often denied to young people with asthma.

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We provided grants directly to carers who live in the Orkney Islands to access a two night trip to the Scottish Mainland.

If they were unable to leave the island they had the option of an alternative therapy, club membership or any other break that matched our guidelines.

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We provided grants directly to carers who live in Edinburgh.

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The First Step Initiative project supported young carers affected by parental substance misuse take part in a residential activity weekend on the Isle of Skye.  The project ran in partnership with Connecting Young Carers and allowed the young people time to learn more about themselves developing healthy coping mechanisms for the future.

Camp & Trek was founded with the aim of offering opportunities to participate in outdoor adventurous activities to disadvantaged young people. We reach out to young people who either through poverty, neglect, family breakdown, too much responsibility at an early age, learning difficulties or physical disabilities have limited access to the Great Outdoors.  Connecting Young Carers is a Highland wide organisation that works to raise awareness, identification and support for Young Carers.

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We provided a weekly group for young female BME carers living within City of Edinburgh. The aim of the project was to access ‘hard-to-reach’ carers from BME communities and give the girls a space to share their experience both as carers and as teenage girls, who often feel different from their peers and are socially isolated.

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Crossroads Lewis’ Short Breaks provide a carer with breaks of up to 3 nights/4 days, while our Care Attendant team provide 24 hour care at home for the cared-for. This lessens the disruption to the cared-for person’s routine, and is particularly beneficial to those with dementia. Crossroads Lewis takes over the role of the carer, to meet all the needs of the cared-for eg personal care, medication and meals.

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