The Short Breaks Fund is a grant making programme funded by the Scottish Government to support the development of short breaks for the benefit of carers and those they care for. Shared Care Scotland administers the Short Breaks Fund on behalf of the National Carer Organisations in Scotland. The Creative Breaks and Better Breaks programmes are part of the Short Breaks fund – the Carers Centre has received funding from each of these programmes to support local carers and those they care for:
Funding from the Creative Breaks programme was awarded to the Carers Centre in October 2012 and was used to benefit adults and older people with care and support needs and their families/carers by funding a short break for the carer and/or the person they care for. Funding from the Creative Breaks programme was again awarded in October 2013 and, from November 2013, local carers can apply for individual grants of up to £300 to fund a break of their choice. To find out more about the Creative Breaks fund, eligibility and how to apply, contact the Carers Centre or the Alloa Carers Office.
In April 2013, the Carers Centre received funding for one year from the Better Breaks programme to provide short breaks for children and young people with additional support needs and their families and carers. This award was used to offer outings and activities to families in Falkirk district and Clackmannanshire during the Summer and October school holidays and a family Christmas outing is planned (contact the Carers Centre for further information).