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The Forget-Me-Not Club exists to support people with Dementia, their Carer & family. Within the organisation there is an opportunity to provide needs-led short break respite for people with Dementia to provide a break for Carers knowing their loved ones are in an acceptable and safe environment.

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Buddies Clubs provide short breaks for adults aged 21-35 years with additional support needs who live in Glasgow and surrounding areas enabling their parents/carers to have overnight respite.

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Amina Carers Befriending project supports carers with short breaks opportunities to enjoy a life
outside of their caring role and to ensure that they are supported to sustain that caring role. We do
this by combination of face to face befriending and group activities for example lunch club, forest
walks, and visits weekly to the hydro pool.

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Quarriers aided 4 Moray activity providers to widen the range of short breaks and develop services for an array of additional support needs. Carers and their Cared-for took part in the pilot, with other creative break options including trips, tickets and equipment through Time to Live funding.

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Hopscotch Short Breaks

We organised 2 short 5 day breaks for 16 older people with dementia to Argour, Ardnamurchan Peninsula, West Scotland which also gave their carers space to organise their own respite break.

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Speakeasy Lanarkshire Respite Break

We provided 2 respite breaks for carers and their cared for who are laryngectomies (removal of the voice box) due to cancer and are a self help group for fellow laryngectomees, oral, facial, head and neck cancers living in North and South Lanarkshire.

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We provided grants directly to carers who live in Edinburgh and provide, on average, more than 20 hours of care a week.

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We provided grants directly to carers who live in Aberdeenshire and are aged 18years and over and have a caring role as a parent, partner, relative or friend. These carers provide care to people who have a huge variety of health conditions such as Dementia, Parkinsons, M.S. and cancers as well as those who care for adults with Additional Support Needs and the frail and elderly.

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The Easterhouse Kinship Grup is part of the Banardo’s Youth Involvement and Family Support Project covering the whole of the North East of Glasgow. The group is made up of kinship carers stemming from families affected by substance misuse issues.
The Project sought funding to plan and deliver a programme of short break activities, which was designed, and run, by the Easterhouse Kinship Group. The short breaks benefited the members of the Easterhouse Kinship Carers Group and the children and young people they care for.

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We run two adult clubs and two teenage clubs for people with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The clubs meet fortnightly in Dunfermline, Leuchars, Kirkcaldy and Methil. The main aim is to improve social skills through improving access to social and leisure opportunities, interactive games and outings. As additional funding allows, we offer short breaks, eg to Teen Ranch. Both clubs and short breaks offer respite to family carers and the service users.

We attended Teenranch (Activity Centre) near Dundee on a long weekend activity break for 21 Asperger Syndrome Disorder (ASD) adults and 5 carers from Fife. 2 staff 5 Volunteers also attended to supervise and manage the weekend activity break.  The activity break provided respite time for attendees taking them away from daily routines and stresses.  Additionally respite time will be experienced by carers and family at home.

Activities at Teenranch included Horse Riding, Canoeing, Archery, BMX biking, Sports Hall with a range of game facilities.

The project also introduced new experiences and activities to attendees who were encouraged and supervised in group activities provided at the Centre to include Horse Riding, Canoeing, Archery, BMX Biking, Sorts Hall/Games etc.  The group involvement and short residential experience are seen as invaluable in a developmental context.  Therefore in addition to the respite provision this group activity involvement is invaluable in increasing self confidence and self esteem and also in improving social interaction skills.

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