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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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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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We provided a group trip for carers of adults with learning disabilities who live in the Western Isles.

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We provided support to carers who looked after family and friends with dementia and the elderly frail in the Levenmouth area. We helped by providing day care and short breaks to cares. We also offered support to carers by having event days and invited them into Arden House to help elevate the stress they felt.

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Family Weekend

Our project enabled 5 Scottish adults, who have Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI) , to attend our Family Weekend Conference, by covering the travel and accommodation costs for them, their family carers and their children if any. The event was held in London in August 2014.

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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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