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Creative Breaks Programme opens

12 April 2012

We are delighted to announce that the Creative Breaks funding programme, managed by the National Carer Organisations through Shared Care Scotland is now open for applications. The programme is funded by the Scottish Government as part of their commitment to the development of short breaks. 

We know that having a short break can make an enormous difference to carers and the people they care for by providing the space to rest, to be themselves, to pursue a interest, catch up with freinds or just relax and recharge. For some people a short break is something they enjoy having together, and for others it is enjoying quality time apart. The purpose of the Creative Breaks grants programme is to improve the range, choice and availability of short breaks, so that carers and the people they care for have a better quality of life and feel better supported in their caring relationship.

In particular we are very keen for this fund to be an opportunity to pilot different approaches to the development of personalised short breaks or to embed existing good practice, to support the re-design of services and to stimulate the exchange of good practice.

Creative Breaks will fund projects which aim to improve short break opportunities for adults with support needs and their carers, older people with support needs and their carers, young carers and kinship carers.   We expect most grants to be in the region of £5000 - £50,000 although smaller and larger grants may be considered.

The Short Breaks Fund, including the Creative Breaks programme, is managed by the National Carer Organisations through Shared Care Scotland, on behalf of Scottish Ministers. The Short Breaks Fund also incorporates the Better Breaks programme which was launched in November 2011 and which provides funding to improve the range and availibility of short breaks for disabled children and their families. This programme recently award £1.12m to 51 projects throughout Scotland, the full details of which will be available on the Shared Care Scotland website soon.

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Applicant Workshops for Creative Breaks

To help people and organisations with their applications to the Creative Breaks programme Shared Care Scotland is running a series of free workshops across Scotland to help applicants make the most of their applications.

These events will include a morning workshop starting at 10.30am and then individual surgeries in the afternoon to get one to one support for your application. The surgeries take place at the following times and places:

  • Edinburgh - Monday 23rd April - The Engine Shed
  • Glasgow - Wednesday 25th April - The Albany Centre
  • Inverness - Friday 27th April - Highland Hospice
  • Perth - Monday 30th April - PKAVS The Gateway
  • St Boswells - Wednesday 2nd May - Buccleuch Arms
  • Kilmarnock - Tuesday 8th May - The Grand Hall Complex

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