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Adult Short Breaks Project

We provided 1:1 and group befriending for adults with learning disabilities living in the Scottish Borders.

This provided friendships, improved their wellbeing, confidence & social skills and provide respite for their family carers. The service was delivered entirely by volunteers.

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Y Sort It Young Adult Carers

We provided respite & group work opportunities for Young Adult Carers aged 16-25 living in West Dunbartonshire.

Allowing them to take part in short breaks away from their caring role and responsibilities at home, by hosting Mini camps that included an overnight stay and/or day trips. They also had the opportunity to participate in weekly group work sessions.

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The Recreation Program

We ran a Recreation Programme for young adults who have autism, communication disorders, learning and other disabilities.

The aim of this social inclusion project, which is fully supported by our staff and volunteers, is to help people make friends, build confidence and self esteem, learn to support each other, work as a team, increase independence and, most of all, have fun in a group environment.

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We offered carers an opportunity to have a short break from caring, by offering a Volunteer Befriender once a week to spend time with the person they are caring for.

Carers had some quality time to themselves, or could use this time to access hospice based activities and support.

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Children 1st Midlothian Young Carers ran groups for Young Carers, provided individual support, delivered a summer activities programme and took Young Carers on a residential.

This provided respite from their usual caring duties and allowed them to take part in activities which were fun, developed their confidence, self esteem and social skills and built resilience.

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We provided young carers support groups in Dundee, offering a range of activities and outings.

Dundee Child & Family Support service works in partnership with children, young people and their families, including children/young people with a learning disability, to provide a holistic range of supports to promote wellbeing, safety and inclusion living in Dundee.

This can include support to children and young people who have experienced adverse childhood experiences impacting on their resilience and vulnerability, children at risk of becoming accommodated, children who have experienced trauma, sexual abuse, child sexual exploitation or harmful sexual behaviour.

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Respite for Young Carers in Rural Perth

We provide respite groups to young carers age 8 – 15 in rural Perthshire on a fortnightly basis so they can access respite from their caring role which hasn’t always been accessible due to the rural locality of where they live.

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We provided two social groups for young carers (8-14yrs & 15-18yrs) living in Inverclyde. The groups provided young carer’s with regular respite time away from their caring responsibilities, opportunities to take part in various activities, and to develop peer relationships with other young carer’s within their local community.

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SHAYP Summer Camp 2017

We provided a 5-day summer camp for 35 young people, aged 8 – 25 years old, living in a family affected by Huntington’s Disease.

The camp included a range of daytime and evening activities as well as one-to-one and group sessions with Scottish Huntington’s Association Specialist Youth Advisors, on the issues surrounding Huntington’s disease and being a young carer.

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Creative Residency

We provided a six day creative dance residency for 20 adults with learning disabilities in June 2017 in Belfast.

Indepen-dance is a Glasgow based inclusive dance development company, providing dance for disabled people via an annual core programme of weekly creative movement classes, quarterly training courses and performances opportunities.

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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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