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The project involved taking groups of carers to rural and remote rural parts of Scotland to take part in supported residential breaks. Activities such as Astronomy, Chemistry, Tours, Art Workshops, Village Hall Cinema Nights, Singing, Music and Ceilidhs were available over the course of the breaks.

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Community Central Hall delivered a multi-faceted activity programme for isolated Cared-for People with disabilities/Additional Support Needs during which time their Carer(s) received much-needed respite.

We also aimed to help both groups re-integrate back into the community to tackle isolation, regain their independence, and improve their health/well-being.

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Barnardos Thrive Young Carer’s Group

We provided two social groups for Young Carers (8-13 yrs & 13-16 yrs) living in Inverclyde. The groups provided Young Carer’s with regular respite time away from their caring responsibilities, opportunities to take part in various activities, and to develop peer relationships with other Young Carers.

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London Baby!

Young Adult Carers decided on a trip to London. Travelling beyond the West Coast of Scotland, to meet other young adult carers, visit places of interest, London Eye, Dungeons & travel by sightseeing bus. Offering a break from caring roles, new experiences & build relationships.

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Caring for Carers

Milan provided a quality break for carers/ex carers from South Asian communities in Edinburgh and The Lothians who care for older people, giving them opportunities of therapeutic/educational sessions which is otherwise not possible due to their demanding and stressful roles.

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The Outward Mobility project provided breaks for young people with learning disabilities across Edinburgh and The Lothians.

These short breaks included day trips and trips away from home, to facilities such as Center Parcs. These afforded valuable respite breaks to carers and the people that they care for.

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MECOPP organised a programme of short breaks for carers and the cared for from the Gypsy/Traveller community in Scotland.

These breaks promoted positive well-being, reduced isolation, increased confidence and the potential to realise personal ambitions as well as increasing knowledge of carer support.

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We provided a unique timeshare experience where with one click, parents can choose regular weekly or monthly 2 hour breaks to discover something new or just relax and recuperate. Safe in the knowledge their young people are making new friends and learning life skills.

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Compassion 4 Carers

We provided Compassion for Carers a Mindful/Compassion Based Retreat based in Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway. It was made up of two Retreats (6 Carers in each group) delivered over 2 Weekends (Friday to Sunday).

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Older Carers Befriending & Wellbeing Project

The Carers Hub provided an Older Carers Befriending and Well-being Project as one of our range of services. Carers aged 65+ living in Glasgow’s East End were supported to access breaks from their caring role via our volunteer befriending service and broad range of meaningful social/well-being activities

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