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We provided four five-day breaks at various locations throughout Britain for young adults affected by life-long disabilities so that they could have fun away from the regular routine with a group of their friends and our staff and giving their entire families and carers some well-deserved respite.

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Time Out

Time Out provided regular friendship and support groups in Lanarkshire for young people who are affected by their siblings’ disability and who often take on a caring role.

Groups lasted two hours and took place in the local community for 8-15 year olds giving them time for themselves.

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Ayrshire Cancer Support delivered holistic carer support groups for anyone living in Ayrshire over the age of 16 years of age who is caring for someone who has been affected by a cancer diagnosis.

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We provided weekly evening classes in woodwind music tuition and asthma management for Young Carers with Asthma living in Renfrewshire.

We offered opportunities for Young Carers with Asthma to manage their Asthma, pursue self development opportunities and overcome the isolation, whilst providing respite from their caring situation.

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We provided a social and active learning programme for young adults in Fife who have autism, learning disabilities and additional support needs.

The program is now running four days each week and several evenings each month, accommodating groups of up to 15 adults on each outing

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Stepping Out Rural Breaks for Carers

The Stepping Out® Rural Breaks for Carers project delivered short residential breaks to carers in the remote rural locations of the Isle of Coll and the Isle of Lismore.

The project delivered a programme of activities and events to small groups of carers in these locations.

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Learning Disabilities Befriending Project

We provided 1:1 and group befriending for 60 adults with learning disabilities living in the Scottish Borders.

This encouraged friendships, improved wellbeing, confidence & social skills and provide respite for their family carers. This service was delivered entirely by volunteers.

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Strictly Come Caring

Our group provided weekly dance sessions followed by a social gathering to reminiscence about all things dancing. Participants enjoy a professionally facilitated seated dance session (which includes the use of musical instruments and a sing-a-long), cuppa and good conversations with new friends.

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The Befriending Project offered carers living in Edinburgh who are caring for someone on an unpaid basis, the opportunity to get a quality break from their caring role on a friendly and informal basis.

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The Carers Choice Service offered carers an opportunity to have a short break from caring, through offering a Volunteer Befriender once a week to spend time with the person they are caring for.

Carers could choose to have some quality time to themselves, or access hospice services.

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