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The Project delivered on the principal aim of respite to attendees and to stay-at-home Carers and family through the planned Short Break in Yorkshire.
Group activities included a number of outdoor games and activities, including climbing frames and team events.

The living and sharing experience of a group residential break was managed to ensure a balanced mix of people grouped within the 6 cottages most likely to ‘get along’ and help and share with each other.

Managed tasks such as cooking, cleaning, shopping were organized in such a way that some interdependence was required by the groups in completing tasks.

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Befriending & short break support for BME families in Perth & Kinross

We delivered weekly/monthly support groups for BME families. Due to a high number of children diagnosed with ADHD, we established an additional Support Group for these parents.

We organised therapy and pamper sessions like laughter yoga, hand massage and reiki. We helped clients attend the Carer’s Conference, Healthy Living event, Ceilidhs, Info Days, cooking, computer classes, food hygiene training’s, picnics and PIP for Carers.

We provided befriending (via telephone and one-to-one). Three day trips were delivered to St Andrews, Broughty Ferry and National Museum in Edinburgh. Significant time was spent helping families with applying for funds, benefits, housing and to access other services.

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Blazing Saddles

We set up two local cycling hubs in each of the geographic areas at the venues identified following consultation with parents/carers,providers and young people, the third is progressing as planned.

We arranged school visits linking into the local cycling hub, targeting specific schools. We organised weekly after school cycling sessions, for example 24 weekly sessions have been organised as Open bike nights at the Fife hub and a 16 weekly programme at the Edinburgh hub. Organised 10 cycle out days and events engaging 260 young people.

Trained one Blazing Saddles’ volunteer as a professional Bike Mechanic (Velotech Gold Award) thus providing a full service and repair check of the bikes. Provided recognised Cycling Scotland Bike Leader Training but adapted the course to focus on leading disabled children on adapted bikes.

We worked with Scottish Disability Sport, Scottish Cycling and Cycling Scotland to identify and map mainstream cycling clubs who support cycling for disabled people.

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Children's and Young People's Service

Services and activities have been as planned. There have been 24 1:1 links and 55 in groups. These have involved 45 children aged 8-15 and 33 aged 16-20  1:1 links meet  weekly, fortnightly or monthly for a variety of community activities such as playing football in the park and swimming.

There are ten befriending groups meeting fortnightly. There are more volunteers than service users, making groups as much like mainstream youth groups as possible.

Group activities have been varied, for example Jewellery making and Halloween nights, a film project, cookery evenings, drama workshops, a talent show, and Health Awareness sessions.

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We delivered a holiday club for 19 pupils from Corseford School over 10 days during the Summer Holidays.The Club daily hours were 10am-4pm. Staff were recruited from existing school staff on a 1:1 ratio.

All carers and pupils were surveyed before the Club and as a result,a range of activities were offered eg speed boats, barge trips, archery, bowling, accessible cycling,swimming. Activities tailored to each child’s age and abilities. Week 1 for the younger pupils and week 2 for older.

Where requested, taxis and trained escorts were provided for the journeys.This significantly extended the break each family enjoyed.

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Our project has so far delivered eight activity days, two residential breaks and is in the process of delivering activity days leading up to a third residential break which will take place in February 2014. We are also planning our siblings group break.

One of the groups was planned in conjunction with West Lothian Council through their supplemental funding. We had several young people join us for the day trip element and not the overnights, so the breaks were designed specifically to meet their needs.

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Seven exclusive-use play sessions have been held for 47 children with disabilities and additional support needs over the past 8 months. These have included soft play (Playbarn), swimming, crafts and a nature walk, and cinema. For many children, this was the first time they had been able to experience these activities.

With support from Quarriers staff, 64 Carers have received both peer and professional support. They have also enjoyed pampering sessions and received training in first aid.

A number of families have been assisted each month to access local mainstream facilities, including the Playbarn and a local parents group.

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We held a summer club in July 2013 with a variety of activities and outings for young people to choose from.  We are also offering an after school club four nights per week with escorted transport included. The summer club was extended by a week and exceeded its target for carers respite hours. 14 young people rather than the planned 12 attended.

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Epilepsy Connections Weekend Break for Families

We provided a 2-day break for families at Ardentinny Outdoor Education Centre in Argyll. Thirteen children and young people with epilepsy attended, along with 36 carers including young carers.

We provided transport, accommodation, catering, outdoor adventure activities and entertainment tailored to meet the needs of our group. Children and young people took part in gorge-walking, canoeing, abseiling and archery with their peers. Adults enjoyed sailing, orienteering, archery and canoeing.

Families worked together to complete “team challenges”. We also enjoyed a guided night walk, a disco, a quiz, a surprise birthday party and an “Ardentinny Champions” awards ceremony.

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Short Breaks for Children and Young People with Additional Support Needs and their Families and Carers

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The project facilitated the following supported group outings and events for young people and their families:

Summer 2013
Falkirk district families trips to Glasgow Science Centre and Auchingarrich Wildlife Centre
Clackmannanshire families trips to Auchingarrich Wildlife Centre and The Yard, Edinburgh

October 2013
Falkirk district families trips to tenpin bowling and The Yard, Edinburgh
Clackmannanshire families trips to Resonate Together, Alloa and Glasgow Science Centre
Falkirk district families Play and Chat session, Falkirk

In addition, in order to target parent carers in Clackmannanshire and make the outings more widely accessible, four parents group meetings were facilitated in this area.

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