Linda Fabiani MSP for East Kilbride has welcomed news that the Scottish Government has made a fund of £2million available for short breaks for disabled children and young people and their families and carers.

Linda said “The aim of the fund is to improve provision and access to quality short breaks for disabled children and their families. 

“This is especially welcomed in families where children and young people have multiple support needs and can often struggle to access a proper break.  

“I encourage anyone eligible to apply and to also take advantage of the grant application workshops on offer.”

Better Breaks represents a unique opportunity for third sector organisations in Scotland to apply for grants of up to £50,000 to develop additional, responsive and creative short break opportunities for disabled children and young people and their families.

More information on the fund and how to apply can be found by visiting www.sharedcarescotland.org.uk/short-breaks-fund/Better+Breaks   

The closing date for applications is 1st February 2012 at 12.00 noon. Grants to successful proposals will start in April 2012.

Shared Care Scotland is hosting a number of application workshops to share good practice from previous and current grant programmes and to support organisations to develop successful applications to Better Breaks.


Details about the workshops and the application packs and guidance notes for Better Breaks are available from Shared Care Scotland’s www.sharedcarescotland.org.uk/short-breaks-fund/Better+Breaks

Applicants are encouraged to book a workshop place promptly as places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

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

The Family Fund programme is called Take a Break. Eligible families in Scotland caring for disabled children and young people can apply directly to the Fund for a Take a Break grant to fund a short break. More information on this fund can be found at www.takeabreakscotland.org.uk 

If you have any questions about Better Breaks please contact the Shared Care Scotland office on 01383 622462 or by email to: alison.stevenson@sharedcarescotland.com

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