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Carers Choice

We provided the Carers Choice Service offering carers an opportunity to have a short break from caring, through a Volunteer Befriender.  Allowing them to spend time with their cared for person (patient) at home.

Carers were offered a choice of accessing Hospice based therapies and support or using the time to catch up with family or friends, or alternatively accessing leisure and recreational activities.

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"ME" Time for Carers Respite Support Service

We provided flexible respite care at home to support Carers of individuals living with dementia providing “ME” time. Cared For individuals received home support and befriending/activities.

Respite was provided to Carers new to our organisation and not currently receiving any respite services but whose caring roles are the most demanding.

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Center Parcs Healthy Activities Break

We provided a healthy activities break to Center Parcs in the Lake District for 20 Kinship Carers and the 30 children they care for.

The break offers many opportunities to do activities such as swimming, cycling etc as well as enjoy the calming environment of the forest. The carers feel they are not all alone and feel better supported in their caring role.

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Stepping Out Residential Short Breaks for Carers

We delivered a pilot remote rural Dark Sky Astronomy Residential Short Break for Carers in March 2016. There were 8 carers on the break.

Places were filled from the initial publicity shots and were prioritised for carers living in Edinburgh and areas of deprivation. The break took place on the Isle of Coll, one of only 2 Dark Sky accredited sites in Scotland.

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Residential Short Breaks for Young Carers & Adult Carers & Day Breaks for Adult Carers

We provided support groups for Young Carers aged 7-15, Young Adult Carers aged 16-25 and Adult Carers aged 30 plus based at The Broomhouse Centre, covering the South West of Edinburgh.

The support groups provided Adult Carers and Young Carers with much needed respite from their caring role.

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Family Carers Services

We offered a programme of activities for carers of an adult with a mental health issue.  This included 2 art groups, 2 mindfulness training courses, 2 education courses and 2 alternative therapies courses of 6 weeks and the breaks all took place within our centre.


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Person Centered Holiday Fund for Carers

We provided grants directly to Carers, living in South Ayrshire so that they could plan and pay for a short break of their choice.

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A Break For Me!

We provided two weekend breaks to the Angus Hotel Blairgowrie, allowing 20 carers to have a well-earned break away from their caring role. Each carer enjoyed a holistic therapy, dinner, bed and breakfast and lunch on the Saturday while on their weekend break

Helensburgh and Lomond Carers supports unpaid carers offering a range of services including Information and advice, emotional support, listening ear, training, support groups, holistic therapies, befriending service, carers support plans, signposting to other support groups and organisations, short breaks and social activities.

Our mission is to make a positive difference to the lives of unpaid carers in Helensburgh & Lomond supporting them to achieve the best quality of life, encompassing help and support for their caring role and the opportunity to pursue their own needs, interests or work.

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Creative Breaks - Short Breaks Fund

We provided grants directly to carers who live in North and South Lanarkshire to plan and pay for a break of their choice.

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We held a very successful summer club over 10 days in July 2016 which benefited carers of members of Ashcraig Former Pupils Club, an organisation which provides a safe social environment for young adults with physical/visual disabilities.

Members took part in a variety of activities such as art projects, sport and relaxation techniques.

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"Thoroughly enjoyed the total relaxation and the time spent away from home. Did me a power of good - I am now a Pampered person! - Thank you"

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