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Time for Me - Adult Carers across Oban, Lorn and the Isles

We provided carers from across the Oban Lorn and Isles area with a range of short break opportunities delivered both in person and virtually. Groups, day trips, therapies and residentials gave carers and those they care for the chance to relax, recharge and enjoy some much needed time out.

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Scotland Young Carers and Health Challenge Camp 2023

We delivered Scotland Young Carers and Health Challenge Camp for children aged 8-17 is a therapeutic recreation camp provides campers long term benefit and respite from their caring roles. Outcomes include increased self confidence & self belief, new coping strategies a network of peer support

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LifeCare Cares for Carers

Working alongside carers, they ran groups such as art, mindfulness and yoga to provide a break away, to meet others in a similar position, to feel valued and supported.

“LifeCare Cares for Carers” supports unpaid carers by offering a variety of free activities from our community hub in Edinburgh.

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Sibling Support for Young Carer Siblings of Autistic Children and Young People

Our project supported the siblings of autistic children and young people within Perth and Kinross by offering group and 1-1 activities where they spent time with others who understand what it’s like to be the sibling of an autistic person, whilst building strong friendships.

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We delivered short residential breaks for young carers aged 5-18 at various venues across Scotland, mainly during 2022/3 school holidays. These breaks help to ensure that Young Carers have some of the same opportunities as their peers by taking a short break away from their caring responsibilities.

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Learning Disabilities Befriending Project

We provided volunteer befriending Short Breaks for 75 adults with learning disabilities and 120 family carers in the Scottish Borders.

Members and volunteers enjoyed group and 1:1 friendships, and carers had time for themselves, knowing those they care for were enjoying themselves safely.

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A Creative Dance Residency and Well-Being Sessions for Carers.

We delivered a creative dance residency for a group of disabled adults that took place in July 2023 for a period of 6 days & 5 nights for up to 30 disabled adults. The funding also supported four wellbeing events for carers in collaboration with the Wee Retreat.

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Creative Break

We provided a 3 day residential break in Argyll to improve the lives of carers and young carers, who are grass root level disadvantaged individuals, suffering with mental health issues and are in complete isolation. This break proved to play a vital role in reducing carers stress and anxiety.

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Our project provided a variety of creative solutions for carers as they tried to recover from the burden imposed by the restrictions during the pandemic. Our breaks aimed at improving their wellbeing and were age appropriate activities for each group. The project allowed social interaction and peer support.

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SHA Youth Service Summer Camp 2024

We provided a 5-day summer camp in July 23 for 48 young people, aged 8 – 25 years old, living in a family impacted by Huntington’s Disease. The camp provided a programme of customised activities, one-to-one and group sessions on the issues surrounding Huntington’s Disease and being a young carer.

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"How refreshing to meet other people with similar experiences and be able to talk so freely knowing they could understand your worries and concerns"

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