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We ran Columba 1400 Virtual Leadership Academies involving 20 Young Carers from East Ayrshire. Delivered online due to Covid-19, the project gave young carers the opportunity to build relationships, increase confidence, have fun with others, reflect on their values and set goals for the future.

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Mind Moves provided a series of initiatives to support people to calm and reset their minds, moving into a more positive and relaxed headspace whilst enjoying activities with others.

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We provided Short Breaks for adults aged 21 years plus who live in the Inverness area with substantial special needs. Activities provided opportunities for attendees to reduce social isolation, try new as well as favorite activities with support thereby giving their carers a well deserved break.

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Ozzy's One Ups

Delivered their Ozzy’s One-Ups Club, which encourages and supports disabled adults to engage in activities to develop long-term habits to improve their physical and emotional wellbeing and to assist their transition to other Clubs, leisure and recreational activities.

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The project involved taking groups of carers to rural and remote rural parts of Scotland to take part in a supported residential short break. Activities included Forest Walks, Astronomy, Art Workshops, Village Hall Cinema nights, Singing and music, Island tours and exploring the area.

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The Makers On Tour

‘Makers on tour’ provided mutually beneficial respite to carers of learning disabled adults aged 21-35 through community creative activity booked by a simple phone call.

We partnered with community organisations who could continue to include cared for adults to generate more respite for their carers

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A range of short breaks activities were run for 140 carers in Edinburgh and Midlothian over the festive period 2019/2020. These included ‘Surviving Christmas’ workshops, complementary therapy, self-directed break vouchers, group trips, a SMART group meeting and events at the Edinburgh Carers’ Hub.

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The Beacon Club

The Beacon Club is a day care service for 40 people over 60 with dementia in Edinburgh. Our aim is to, improve quality of life as well as supporting members to live in their own home for longer. Carers are able take a break while members are at the club.

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Yolo Sistas provides 14 BAME young women carers with weekly group for emotional support, friendships and fun. It builds strengths, self-confidence and resilience to encourage wider community inclusion and participation. This raises awareness of issues affecting BAME young carers and profile raising.

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Broomhouse Young Carers

Providing support for young carers and young adult carers aged 5-25yrs across South West Edinburgh. We provide short breaks through one to one support, weekly groups and residential opportunities helping young carers improve their own health and wellbeing and be more able to cope as a young carer.

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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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