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Creative Companions

We delivered an overnight residential short break in Perthshire focusing on improving mental health and wellbeing for carers within the Gypsy/Traveller community. Activities included forest bathing, story-telling, therapeutic massage, relaxation session, silent disco and hula hooping.

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Supporting Young Adults Through Change

Our project aimed supported young adults with disabilities through a personalised approach to access the community and develop life skills throughout the pandemic. Our main goal was to support our adults in rebuilding their confidence and helping them recreate the pathway to living their best lives.

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We delivered creative activities for carers and cared for people in Tayside, these included relaxation, movement, social cafes, crafts and workshops, digital cultural activities, private guided tours in museums and cultural organisations.

Respire: To breath. To recover hope, courage or strength after a time of difficulty.

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The project aimed to increase carers’ capacity to cope with their caring roles and to increase their well-being through positive, effective connections with other people and resources. This project will supported carers to remain well, which in turn hopefully helped carers to avoid crisis situations.

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Young Adult Carers City Break

We took a group of young adult carers to Edinburgh in March 2022 for a well deserved short break following some very trying times during the last few years to alleviate the stress of caring providing fun activities to develop friendships and to make lasting memories.

They enjoyed Hairspray the musical, went to the cinema, bowling, laser quest, escape rooms, visited the zoo, went shopping, viewed many Edinburgh sights and enjoyed some exceptional eating out in various restaurants in Edinburgh.

We also provide weekly groups and 1 -1 support to young carers aged 5-25 years living in East Ayrshire.

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A Wee Treat – Weekend and Day Retreats for Carers

We provided “Wee Treat” an opportunity for carers caring for someone with a mental health condition to have a weekend break away with other carers in a similar situation. We also provided opportunities for older carers and their cared for living with dementia, to have days out together.

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We aimed to provide quarterly breaks for carers whilst our service team hosted simultaneous events for their loved ones who have a dementia diagnosis.

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Essential Breaks for Young Carers of all Different Ages

We delivered respite breaks and activities for young carers (YCs) and young adult carers (YACs)from Edinburgh. These took place in Edinburgh and Perthshire and enabled the young people to try new experiences, learn new skills and develop the confidence and resilience needed to address their challenges.

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Falkirk Dream Catchers

Falkirk Dream Catchers is an exciting group for adults with additional support needs to provide them with fun and educational days out and weekends away, to meet old and new friends while providing respite for their parents and carers.

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Time For Me

Time for Me offered Young Carers from North & South Lanarkshire the opportunity to experience a variety of innovative and exciting short breaks away from their caring responsibilities.

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