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.
The Carers Centre received funding from the Creative Breaks programme 2013-14 to be used to benefit adults with care and support needs and their families/carers by funding a short break for the carer and/or the person they care for. Local carers who were eligible received grants of up to £300 to fund a break of their choice. THIS FUND IS NOW CLOSED.
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 a range of outings and activities to families in Falkirk district and Clackmannanshire during the Summer, October and Christmas school holidays. A smaller grant from the Better Breaks programme for 2014 will allow the Centre to repeat some of last year’s programme of outings and activities including a summer and autumn outing for families in Falkirk district and Clackmannanshire and a visit to the Pantomime at Christmas time. Contact the Carers Centre or see the 'Events' page for further information.