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The All Together project brought children and young people with additional needs together to take part in a range of themed activity days and short breaks to build skills, confidence and friendships and provide a break for parents and carers. The focus was on fun, friendship and learning.

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We delivered our Fun and Friendship Club offering a number of activities in the form of creative respite for people with PMLD (profound and multiple learning disabilities) and their family carers.

The activities offered by PAMIS included The Friendship Club and Sporting Opportunities for Motor Activities (SOMA).

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Stanmore Playscheme was delivered in school holidays at Stanmore House School. It offered safe, appropriate play, sporting, expressive arts and outdoor activities for young people with severe additional support needs.

The playscheme is organised by a voluntary committee and run by paid trained staff.

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We delivered our Animar project for young people aged 12 to 18 years old with Additional Support Needs, which runs three Saturdays a month.

Animar promotes independence through personal development sessions and community engagement. It runs in Bellshill and Mossend YMCA and in local communities and cities.

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We provided a weekly sports club, a twice-monthly youth club and a monthly parent forum. Clasp also provided personalised support when a child or their carers were contending with challenging circumstances

Clasp is a community based support service in Dunoon for children with disabilities and their carers.


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Befrienders SCIO provided a 1:1 befriending service to vulnerable young people, many of whom are young carers.

In addition, many of the befriendees have their own additional support needs. Our service allows the parent or carer to spend quality time with siblings.

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Parent Carers Time for Me

We ran a monthly peer support group for parents of children with disabilities. We met at Go Bananas, a soft play space.

There is also a closed online group run by parent carers. We have created more opportunities for flexible family time, children accessing activities and therapies for carers.

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Family Transitions and Carer Recreation

We provided young adults with additional support needs with a Monday evening group session at our centre in Castlemilk. Transport was included from and to home.

Parents/carers of these young adults were provided with one evening a week break from caring, and monthly parent/carer support group.

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Roxburgh Learning Disabilities Befriending Project

We delivered 1:1 and group befriending for 22 children and young people with learning disabilities aged 8-20 years and their carers living in the Scottish Borders.

Members formed friendships with peer-age volunteers and 38 carers had short breaks knowing their children were enjoying themselves.

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Peer Mentor Support Project

Each week, young people with learning disabilities participated in activities that they have chosen, and they were supported throughout the activity by our peer mentor volunteers and staff.

Thus allowing their families to make the most of the respite opportunity this has provided.

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"The services are great for me it makes me feel better in myself and gives me something to look forward to every week. I couldn't do without it I would be a prisoner in my own home."

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