Our project delivered a range of short break opportunities for Chinese and South Asian carers. Five residential breaks (3 Chinese/2 South Asian) and 6 days trips (5 South Asian/1 Chinese) were provided in locations throughout Scotland with a focus on Scottish heritage, wildlife and landscape.
We provided “Eolas” which is a bi-monthly group which is held in areas of The Western Isles in relaxed settings. We provided either afternoon tea or morning coffee sessions so carers could meet, relax and chat amongst each other.
We took a group of Carers and the people that they care for on a short break to a hotel in Blairgowrie and went on trips each day.
All the carers look after someone with complex needs. The break gave them the opportunity to relax and gain peer support and re-charge their batteries.
We ran weekly groups in Inverclyde for children and young people (8-16 years) with caring responsibilities.
These young carers benefited from having protected regular time away from their home and caring responsibilities, which helped to build their confidence, develop skills and interests and make new friends.
Our project supported older people and their unpaid carers to maintain their wellbeing, improve their quality of life and remain connected with their communities through the provision of a variety of short break opportunities and group holidays.
This project gave Young Carers from across Mid Argyll, Kintyre and Islay respite from their caring role through a 2 day adventure residential at Lochgoilhead Outdoor Centre, and regular access to local activities such as surfing lessons and pony club.
We provided activities for mental health carers including those from hardly reached communities to participate in “Me Time” health and wellbeing sessions and social outings.
Sessions included pampering, relaxation, self-management tips and arts and crafts focusing on fun time out from caring.
Callum’s Caravan provided short breaks in a fully accessible caravan at Haggerstone Castle, a holiday village near Berwick upon Tweed, for people with profound and multiple learning disabilities and their families/carers.
MECOPP organised a programme of short breaks for carers, and those they care for, from the Gypsy/Traveller community in Scotland.
These culturally appropriate breaks promoted positive wellbeing, reduced isolation and increased knowledge about carer services in local communities.
Community Central Hall delivered an on-going activity programme for vulnerable Cared-for Older People 65+ during this time their Carer(s) received much-needed time to themselves.
This helping both target groups re-integrate back into the community to tackle their isolation/loneliness, regain their independence, and experiences.