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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Include Me 2 Club ran a multi-faceted activity programme to empower cared-for adults with disabilities/multiple additional support needs to lead more confident, inclusive, and active lives whilst also providing regular respite breaks for their Carers & tackling the isolation and exclusion these groups face.