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The Container - Spaces on Trips for the Most Vulnerable

We provided residential short breaks for young people with disabilities, and who live in some of the most disadvantaged communities in Glasgow and North Lanarkshire.

Places on these residential and day trips across Scotland, enabled he young people to get outdoors, develop their confidence, life skills, benefiting both them and their carer.

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We provided a care attendant to accompany the young people with additional support needs on an activity of their choice.

The aim of the project was to develop their social skills, independence and confidence while having some fun too and also provide respite for the families.


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RIG Arts provided dedicated comic book style creative workshops for young people on the autistic spectrum.

The project helped to increase wellbeing and nurture peer relationships by bringing people with similar experiences and interests together in a safe environment.

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We worked with grassroots clubs in the East of Scotland region to develop Para football sessions, allowing young people with various complex disabilities to engage in physical activity.

These sessions encouraged the young people to make friendships, improve social skills and their health. Carers benefited from regular structured respite.

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Glee, Wee Glee and Film Clubs

SupERkids provided drama, music and dance groups in East Renfrewshire, where young people with multiple support needs developed self-confidence, expressed themselves and made friends.

The clubs allowed young people to have independent fun while their parents and siblings had a break from caring.

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Reaching Further with Reach4Reality

We provided short outdoor activity breaks for 7 young people with autism, tailored to their individual needs.

We also ran 2 family weekend outdoor activity camps, the Duke of Edinburgh Award, 10 evening activity sessions (canoeing and mountain biking) and a Transitions Group and weekend camp.

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We provided wide ranging, fun, challenging indoor and outdoor activities for young people with multiple support needs.

The Service provided carers of young people with disabilities with regular short breaks during the 10 weeks of school holidays, providing quality respite periods for a full day.

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SOAR Youth Project Swim/Supper Club & Saturday Club

SOAR Youth Projects provided social activity groups to young people with multiple support needs who live in Ross-shire. Through the use of local facilities, we enabled the  young people to take part in opportunities to develop life skills, friendships and confidence while offering parents/carers regular respite breaks.

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Flexible Family Respite

We provided a flexible service, delivered in the home & local community. Working 1:1 encouraging children to access/participate in activities & social events.

This in turn provided regular respite for parents/carers as the sessions were between 3 & 4 hours, tailored to maximise the benefit to the whole family.

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We delivered TOFFEE Club 5 hour Play Activity Sessions at St Mungo’s Academy, Gallowgate, during school holiday periods and Home Activity Play Sessions for children with multiple support needs which also provides respite for their parents/carers.

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"As a family we were at breaking point...this break brought us all closer together and enabled us to have fun as a family and enjoy different surroundings. I can't thank you enough...for making this happen for us."

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