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Beachcombers 2020

We provided outings and activities in the form of a holiday playscheme for young people aged 5-20 with disabilities and additional support needs and their families (carers and siblings) they could have fun and socialise while carers have the chance for a break from everyday caring routine.

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Activ8 is a weekly multi-sport session for children and young people aged 7-17 with physical and learning disabilities. The sessions, which run on Saturday mornings at Gracemount Leisure Centre in Edinburgh, give participants the chance to have fun getting active and give carers some respite.

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Team United provided sports summer camps for children and young people with disabilities in 3 locations during the school holidays in Spring 2020 and Summer 2020.

The activities ran in partnership with local community clubs and offered the same opportunities to all.


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Saturday Adventure Team

Saturday Adventure Team provided autistic young people living in East Lothian time and space to have fun, make friends and be active while their families get a valuable break from caring.

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Under lockdown all activities had to stop. In November 2020 and December 2020 were we able to open for limited activities, which were stopped by second lockdown. In brief period of being open we had 76 users and 72 carers. No Outreach visits were allowed under COVID rules.

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Star Youth Club

We offered 2 weekly youth clubs, where East Lothian young people with disabilities met to enjoy fun, stimulating and challenging activities within their local community. The members are supported by a team of volunteers who ensure the members care needs are met in a fun, friendly environment.

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Peer Mentor Support Project

We facilitated peer support activities for young people with disabilities. Each week young people with disabilities will be broken up in to small groups and participate in activities that they have chosen. They will be supported throughout the activity by our peer support volunteers whilst their

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Be All You Can Be

Be All You Can Be project provided monthly family support group, fortnightly playschemes and a monthly preschool group for babies, children and young people affected by the lifelong and complex disabilities of Spina Bifida/Hydrocephalus, as well as their carers and siblings.

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PlayPeace Out and About

PlayPeace Out and About enabled families of children and young people with additional and complex needs to take part in fun outings, sharing new experiences together across the West of Scotland. This included family outings to inclusive destinations, and a 3 night family holiday to Ayr.

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A Great Day Out (Inclusive Festivals and Events)

The programme created accessible resources for festivals and events to support and include people with profound and multiple learning disabilities(PMLD)and their families across geographical areas. It reduced isolation & loneliness and supported the caring role and provided increased opportunities.

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"As a family we were at breaking point...this break brought us all closer together and enabled us to have fun as a family and enjoy different surroundings. I can't thank you enough...for making this happen for us."

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