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Stepping Out Remote Rural Breaks for Carers, Nature, Music, Stars

The project involved taking groups of carers to remote rural parts of Scotland to take part in a supported, residential short break. Activities included Foraging, Astronomy, Art Workshops, Singing and music, Island tours and exploring the area.

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Surviving Christmas

The Project offered unpaid carers an opportunity to get some time away from their caring role by giving them access to a range of free group and individual activities, which were designed to provide some breathing space and reduce the pressures on their caring role over the festive period.

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Ozzy's One-Ups

We delivered Ozzy’s One-Ups Club which encourages and supports adults with complex additional support needs to engage in activities to develop long-term habits that support and improve their physical and emotional wellbeing and assist their transition to other leisure and recreational Clubs, activities and events.

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Indepen-dance facilitated a creative dance residency for disabled adults in Findhorn. This offer the parents and carers a well needed break from their caring role.

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We delivered a school holiday respite activity programme for young carers aged 8-18 from across the Oban, Lorn and Isles area. Having time together has provided young carers with respite, peer support, school transition support, increased health and wellbeing and confidence in their caring roles.

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The project supported young carers to develop new relationships, take part in fun activities that gave them a break from caring, helped reduce social isolation, improved their wellbeing, and increased their resilience.

Barnardo’s Aberdeen Young Carers Service supports young carers in Aberdeen City.

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Yolo Sistas provided a regular break from domestic caring responsibilities for girls age 12-18 who come from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds. The group is delivered in weekly afterschool groups and offers emotional support, positive relationships and social development.

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Learning Disabilities Befriending Project

We provided Short Breaks for 70 adults with learning disabilities and 115 family carers in the Scottish Borders through volunteer befriending.

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

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Room for Art - Room for Carers

We delivered Room for Art a series of online visual arts workshops facilitated by an artist on a weekly basis for unpaid carers in Edinburgh and Midlothian with the aim of improving health and wellbeing. Art material packs accompanied the sessions and we explored lots of different art techniques.

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Support for Siblings of Autistic Young People

We provided weekly social groups for the siblings/young carers of autistic children and young people to allow them to develop peer friendships with others in a similar situation.

Supported by autism specialist staff, there are the opportunities to take part in fun, relaxed activities designed by the young people.

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"I know what day L is coming, it's written on my calendar every week. I love it when I see her name on a Thursday and I look forward to her coming".

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