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The Adventure Network provides an accessible and exciting friendship network to enable children and young people with learning disabilities in East and North Ayrshire to come together and meet children/young people with similar interests to have adventures and regular events in a safe, friendly and supportive atmosphere.

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We worked with the teachers and pupils at Kersland School to develop a programme of outdoor sport and nature activities to take place during the various school holidays throughout the year.

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We provided youth clubs for 40 young people aged 12-18 with additional support needs.

The weekly clubs each ran for 2.5 hours every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings and had the dual benefit of providing a much needed social and development opportunity for the young people attending, whilst giving their parents and family a much needed break and time to themselves.

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Project Teen Ranch

We provided four activities weekends, three for children diagnosed with autism under the age of 18 and one for young carer siblings living in Perth & Kinross.

The camps were preceded by 4 months of social events to allow the children to get to know their fellow campers and build relationships with staff and volunteers before going to camp which was often their first time away from home.

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We increased members and managed to reduce our waiting list for young adults who have varying learning difficulties into our Yellow Teapot Young Adults Group.

We have benefited from recruiting a part time office co-ordinator to handle increased admin duties relating to the expansion the club.

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We offered families affected by childhood epilepsy a 2-day break away from their usual routine.

We aimed to give 20 children and young people with epilepsy the chance to take part in fun, challenging activities to build their skills and confidence, and to give up to 50 carers, including young carers, the opportunity to meet and share experiences in a safe, supportive environment.

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Short Breaks for Carers of Children with Disabilities

We provided breaks to enable carers of children with disabilities to enjoy holidays as a family. Breaks are for carers who haven’t had a break in the last 12 months and care for a child or young person aged under 21.

Breaks take the form of short family holidays where we meet the cost of accommodation, transport and support if required.

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Scotland Family Camp

We ran a weekend Family Camp for children with serious and life limiting illnesses, their parents or carers and siblings.

The camp catered for families from across Scotland and provided the whole family with a much needed respite from the pressures of daily life.

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Provision of flexible short breaks for children with additional needs and their families, in partnership with Edinburgh Leisure (EL) and Lothian Autistic Society (LAS).

Breaks were provided through:  specialist leisure provision in small groups (with Edinburgh Leisure) and individual befriending or social activities (with LAS).

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The aims of the project were to provide respite to parents/carers and socialisation opportunities for children/young people through the provision of 5 5 x 4 day/ 3 night breaks.

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