Better breaks for Carrick youngsters

Some of the Hand in Hand Group on a Raft Building Day in Girvan with the Adventure Centre for Education (ACE).

Some of the Hand in Hand Group on a Raft Building Day in Girvan with the Adventure Centre for Education (ACE).

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Jordan Kiltie and his family are amongst 30 families in South Carrick looking after young people with additional support needs who are set to benefit from an award of £11,647 made to the Hand in Hand Project - Girvan Youth Trust.

This money will allow Hand in Hand to provide a wide and varied programme of activities for the young people to take part in. The nature and diversity of the activities aim to provide fun opportunities to stimulate and develop the young peoples communication and social networking skills within their peer group. It will also offer frequent periods of respite to the families and carers of the young people.

Project Co-ordinator Yvonne McGill said “We are delighted to have received this grant as it allows the Hand in Hand Project to continue the development of a unique and imaginative programme of activities. Activities that will encourage the social inclusion of young people with Additional Support Needs within our local Community.”

In making this money available through the Short Breaks Fund, the Scottish Government wishes to make a big difference to families right across Scotland. The fund has just awarded 55 more grants to organisations from Orkney to the Scottish Borders, which will collectively benefit the families of more than 3,000 disabled children and young people.

Minister for Public Health Michael Matheson said: “Families caring for a disabled child or young person should have the same choices and opportunities as others. That is why I am pleased that 55 organisations across Scotland dedicated to supporting children and young people with disabilities and their parent carers have been awarded over £1.3 million from the Better Breaks Fund. Better breaks can be immensely important for children, young people, and their parents or carers as they provide many with the opportunity to experience something new, learn new skills and make new friends.”

This is the second year of the Better Breaks fund, which was established in 2012 by the Scottish Government and which is administered by carers’ charity Shared Care Scotland. The aim of the fund is to improve the range and reach of short breaks for disabled children and their families, especially for children with multiple support needs. The fund will pay for the development of new services that create opportunities for children and young people to meet friends and enjoy leisure activities together or possibly for families to enjoy a much-need family break away together.