The Short Break Stories website is a collection of good practice and ideas created by projects that are funded through the Short Breaks Fund. All records are the evaluation reports written by the projects themselves with their experiences (good and bad) there for people to see and learn from. It is hoped that the increase in transparency will lead to an improvement in the quality and amount of services offered to carers and those they care for.
In July 2010, the Scottish Government announced funding of £1 million per year over five years to support the provision of additional short breaks and respite care, to help support and sustain carers – including young carers and kinship carers.
The funding has now been provisionally increased to £2.3m a year until 2015 and is to be channelled through the voluntary sector. Shared Care Scotland, working on behalf of Scotland’s National Carer Organisations (NCOs) and the Scottish Government, administers the Short Breaks Fund – a grant making programme to support the development of short break services and to support carers and their families to arrange their own breaks.
The guiding principles of the Short Breaks Fund are:
- to provide tangible outcomes for carers, improving their quality of life and those they care for;
- to support the personalisation agenda, providing early intervention, choice and tailoring service provision to meet the needs of individuals;
- to support the key policy areas of reshaping care, strengthening self-directed support and developing person-centred solutions;
- to be additional to existing provision.
The Fund is comprised of the following programmes:
The Creative Breaks programme provides grants to third sector organisations to develop new and existing short break provision. It also provides opportunities to channel funding to carers, via local support organisations, to enable carers and people with support needs to arrange the break of their choosing. More information on Creative Breaks
The Better Breaks programme provides grants to third sector organisations working in Scotland to develop additional, responsive and creative short break opportunities for disabled children, young people and their families. The programme is particularly keen to fund projects which improve the choice and availability of breaks to children and young people with complex and multiple support needs. More information on Better Breaks
Grant Advisory Panel
To assist the NCOs in ensuring the Short Breaks Fund is well managed, is delivering its outcomes and is operating openly and transparently, Shared Care Scotland has set up a Grant Advisory Panel. Click here to see who’s who in the Grants Advisory Panel
National Carers Organisations
The Short Breaks Fund is managed by the National Carers Organisations with secretariat through Shared Care Scotland.
The National Carer Organisations are: