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We provided 1 and 2 night weekend breaks, as well as Saturday or Sunday outings/activities for young people aged 8 – 18 with additional support needs.

These weekends and outings provided a fantastic opportunity for our young people to socialise with their friends, have fun trying out new things and help develop life skills. Carers benefited from a much needed break from their caring role

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COJAC provides leisure and recreational services for children and young people affected by complex and multiple support needs arising through disability.

We enriched the current service provision of after school clubs and youth services to include a residential activity break and an extensive programme of drama which resulted in a staged performance for carers.

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Yogability Respite & Retreat

We provided weekend and overnight health and wellbeing retreats for carers from East Dunbartonshire and Glasgow with the focus on yoga, relaxation and taking time out.

We also provided respite to kids with special needs and their families as well as daily respite for carers via yoga. We provided day retreats for families including carers, kids and adults with special needs and siblings.

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We ran our Zone Club and 26 days of play scheme for children and young people with multiple support needs. The children and young people we support got the opportunity to make friends and take part in new experiences and exciting activities such as orienteering and horse-riding.

This gave their parent/carer(s) time to themselves and the opportunity to spend time with other family members.

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Water Sport Project

We provided sailing, outdoor activity sessions & overnight stays, during the school holiday periods for children with multiple disabilities, who live within the North Lanarkshire Area.

The activities took place in conjunction with Castle Semple, Water Sports Club at Lochwinnoch. This type of opportunity allows young people to achieve a sense of fun & confidence whilst their family get a rest.

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Cosgrove offered an ambitious personalised holiday activity programme that was co-produced with families to provide essential respite during the school holiday.

The programme offered opportunities for free play, music, dancing and trip days the children had chosen themselves, thus increasing opportunities of gaining independence, choice and personal development.

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Action Group Saturday Social Club Groups

We provided a monthly Saturday social group to young people with learning disabilities and other support needs. This was a 6 hr once a month.

In addition 2 weekend outward bound camps were held. This allowed families to have valuable respite from caring roles and gave the young people independence and autonomy within the range of activities that we provided. The young people identified and voted on activities.

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Respite Services for Parents/Carers/Siblings and Children/Young People with Disabilities/Multiple/Additional Support Needs

TOFFEE Club and After School Activity Sessions providing activity based sessions for children with multiple support needs.

These services allows parents/carers time to themselves to de-stress, look after their own health, or spend quality time and focus on their other children and family members

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We provided one to one support to children and young people with physical and learning difficulties to allow them to take part in activities of their choice in the community.

This allowed their parent/carers to have some time to themselves on a regular basis to persue their own interests

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We provided a range of fun, rewarding and stimulating group outings/activities for children and young people with additional support needs and their families and carers during the school holidays.

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