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Activity Sessions for Adults with Disabilities

We provided a core activity programme of two art sessions per week a 42 weeks (84 sessions) and shorter programmes of woodland activity (12 sessions overall) for those with less mobility problems.

Carers could join the sessions with their cared for adult or take time for themselves. In addition to this we piloted two activity days for young carers providing summer outdoor activities for the young carers on their own and also a day to enjoy with their families. This included a campfire, crafting activities and woodland and beach walk.

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We provided ‘Time for Me’ support groups for rural and remote carers in locations across Oban, Lorn and Isles enabling carers to get a break from caring role, focus on their own health and wellbeing, create enduring peer support relationships, access therapies for respite.

We also run a ‘Time for Me’ respite week for Carers to Hynish, Tiree.

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We provided social activities for 3 hours every Wednesday evening and 5 hours on a weekend once a month for 25 young adults with learning difficulties, disabilities and/or challenging behaviour, while their carers had some much needed time for themselves.

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We provided weekly befriending sessions for Carers aged 60 years + who due to their high caring role combined with their own health issues had become increasingly isolated, disconnected from their local community and suffering from high levels of stress with little or no time for themselves.

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We provided fun and exciting leisure and social activities for young people, that could be enjoyed with their friends, both in their local community and further afield.

The chance to access these activities would not ordinarily be available to our young people without support from family

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We provided regular short breaks to young adults with a range of additional support needs, promoting peer support and learning to develop independence and natural socialisation skills. This gave some parents and carer’s time to themselves.

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The grant enabled us to improve the range of activities we could offer 12 cared for adults with disabilities who attend our Wednesday Family Club.

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We provided activities and training courses to support carers and their families. There were art groups, mindfulness training courses, education courses, and breaks within our centre. This allowed carers opportunities to get a break and to meet others in similar situations.

The Family and Carer Support Service is a successful part of FDAMH who offer a wide range of quality services to the local community,  one-to-one support, regular support groups and carers education and training courses.

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We provided a short break for unpaid carers throughout Cowal & Bute to luxury 5 star accommodation including sauna in the apartments and full use of all spa facilities and leisure facilities within the complex at Portavadie Marina.

The Carers who attended enjoyed Full Scottish Breakfast each morning and fine dining/refreshments. All travel costs were fully funded and this included a day trip to Tarbert for those who wished to attend.

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We provided lunch clubs and day activities for older people with disabilities, offering help and support to their carers.

Community Care Assynt is a project which promotes the independence of older people through the provision of lunch clubs and activities to help them stay within a social circle. We also offer carers a day respite service which allows carers to attend medical or other important appointments.

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"As a family we were at breaking point...this break brought us all closer together and enabled us to have fun as a family and enjoy different surroundings. I can't thank you enough...for making this happen for us."

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