Eolas was set up as a social group for informal carers in the Western Isles, to come together over afternoon tea or morning coffee, in a relaxed setting.
We were able to pay for alternative care to allow all carers access to this group.
Our project enabled carers to have regular breaks at theatre performances where they could socialise, whilst our staff team hosted four separate music and dance events for their loved ones all of whom had a dementia diagnosis.
All events took place within venues in East Renfrewshire.
The project was to create another Dual Breaks Club for carers in another Local Authority area, this being Inverclyde as well as the existing club in Renfrewshire. This has allowed carers the opportunity and peace of mind to take a break either with, or without the person they Care For.
Our project reached out to unpaid Carers throughout Cowal & Bute. We delivered a wide variety of creative art workshops and crafting sessions which were delivered in the diverse communities which our service covers in order to have an inclusive approach to attendance.
Our project supported young carers aged 5 -15 throughout Perth and Kinross, allowing them to have a break from their caring role during the school holiday period. This included day trips, a short break and a Christmas Extravaganza.
As the festive season can be a particularly challenging time for carers, VOCAL offered a range of short break options over the festive period to help carers to cope over the Christmas period.
We provided evening group sessions for 29 adults with disabilities and also providing respite for 38 carers.
We picked up each adult from home by mini bus with escort and returned to centre for activities or went out to pub, snooker or parks. Adults were then transported home.
We provided a weekly group for young female, BME carers living within City of Edinburgh. The aim of the project was to access ‘hard-to-reach’ carers from BME communities and give the girls a space to share their experience both as carers and as teenage girls who often feel different from peers.
The project offered a planned respite programme of a fully supported respite holiday breaks, social lunches, social dances.
Cinema outings, music concerts, music and reminiscence sessions and a Christmas lunch all for both Carers and the people that they care for to enjoy together.