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We provided a programme of flexible short breaks for families in Midlothian who have children with additional support needs. Families were allocated a set number of hours with a paid carer to enable children and young people to take part in leisure and social activities.

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Glasgow Children’s Holiday Scheme provided holidays to disadvantaged children and families across greater Glasgow. We did this primarily through a week long holiday at 1 of our 5 holiday caravans but also by enabling youth activity breaks and through host family holidays.

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UpMo Extra: Friday Night and Weekend Activities

We provided activities for young people up to 20 years who have additional support needs and who live in Edinburgh or The Lothians. We ran a supper club and disco between our regular hours, a 2 night break and 9 day and evening trips.

Upward Mobility supports adults with additional support needs, we provide a range of workshops, which assist students to realise their potential & live full, happy lives. Students can also attend day, evening & multi-night breaks, giving carers much needed respite.

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We provided twice weekly groups with activity sessions and trips for children and young people with additional support needs living in East Lothian.

Children Inc is a local independent charity based in East Lothian. We work with children and young people who have additional support needs aged from 5 to 21 years and their families/carers. To promote inclusion, build confidence and independence within their communities.

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SHIP Playschemes and Youth Clubs

SHIP provided Youth Clubs & Holiday Clubs for children with complex support needs so they can enjoy activities and trips such as, The Yard, Glasgow Science Centre, Cairnie Fruit Farm.

This provides carers/parents and their families with vital respite to improve their quality of life and enable them to continue in their caring role.

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SOAR Out of School groups

SOAR Youth Projects provided regular social activity groups for young people with additional support needs. A programme of activities is available including, trips, art and crafts, sports cooking and baking.

Activities were based in Invergordon, Tain and Alness. The young people aged 5-19 years were able to socialise, increase skills and confidence through attending the groups out with school hours.

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Reaching Further with Reach4Reality

We worked with 8 young people with autism involving them in outdoor activities tailored to their individual needs, both 1:1 sessions and small group activities or camps.

We ran short activity sessions in a range of outdoor activities, plus a family weekend camp. We also trialled the Duke of Edinburgh scheme.

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Personal Development Opportunities through Sport

We provided fun football activity sessions for children and young people with disabilities within the Scottish East Region Community Football Clubs.

These fun football activities aimed to develop friendships, communication, teamwork and health improvements from physical activity. Their carers also benefit from significant respite hours.

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Glee & Wee Glee Clubs

SupERkids provided two weekly clubs which focused on music, drama and dance with multiple support needs aged from 5-19 who cannot access mainstream clubs.

The young people have fun, raise their confidence, meet friends and their carers obtain some respite.

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Supporting Admissions to Transitions & Opportunities for Carers

We provided high staff support for children and young people with complex and multiple support needs, allowing the young adults to attend group one evening per week with door-to-door transport.

We also maintained an additional support needs parent/carer support group who met monthly in the centre. We supported family and the young adults during time of transition.

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