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New Short Breaks Fund for Disabled Children announced

28 November 2011

The Scottish Government has announced funding of almost £2 million to provide short breaks for disabled children, young people and their families.

£1.3 million will be available for organisations to provide short breaks for disabled children and young people with multiple support needs and their families. This could include opportunities for children and young people to meet friends and enjoy leisure activities together. The funding of specialist equipment and training will also be considered.  This fund, "Better Breaks", will be administered by Shared Care Scotland

A further £558,450 will provide direct funding to families caring for a disabled or seriously ill child to choose their own break, or purchase items such as camping equipment or bicycles.  This fund, "Take a Break", will be administered by the Family Fund.

Both Better Breaks and Take a Break officially open on 29 November 2011 with a closing date of 1 February 2012 at 5pm for Better Breaks. Grants between £10,000 and £50,000 will be provided under Better Breaks and grants between £200 and £500 will be provided under Take a Break which closes on 31 March 2012.


Further Information

Further information on Better Breaks and Take a Break can be downloaded below.

Click here to read the Scottish Government press release.

Shared Care Scotland is hosting a number of application workshops to support organisations to develop successful applications to Better Breaks. The dates are:

  • Inverness, Monday 12th December, 11 am, Spectrum Centre
  • Glasgow, Tuesday 13th December, 10am, Albany Centre
  • Stirling, Wednesday 14th December, 10am, Raploch Community Campus
  • Aberdeen, Thursday 15th December, 10am, Café Coast
  • Edinburgh, Monday 19th December, 10am, The Melting Pot
  • Dumfries, Tuesday 20th December, 10am, DG one Centre 

Details about the workshops and the application packs and guidance notes for Better Breaks are available from Shared Care Scotland’s Better Breaks website



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