Our Vision and Plans

Shared Care Scotland works to improve the quality, choice and availability of short breaks (respite care) provision across Scotland for carers and cared for people.  With over 20 years’ experience, we aim to play a leading role in promoting and supporting better breaks for all.

Our Vision

“A Scotland where everyone who receives support or provides unpaid care can live a full and satisfying life, with the assistance they need to take regular, quality breaks from the everyday demands of their caring routines.”

People need a break for a reason: to spend time in the company of friends and family, to pursue interests and leisure, or simply for rest or recreation. We believe that everyone has the right to practical assistance and support to participate in society and live an ordinary life.

We are committed to collaborative working in the pursuit of this vision where carers and the people they care for have an equal voice in determining the future direction of short breaks provision.

Shared Care Scotland’s mission is:

To improve the quality, choice and availability of short breaks and respite care throughout Scotland for the benefit of both carers and those receiving support.

You can read our plans for 2014 – 2017 here. Shared Care Scotland Development Plan 2014-17

Our objectives are:

To improve short breaks policy and practice at all levels through collaborative effort

To advance good practice through research, learning exchange and service development

To provide accessible, up-to-date information and advice about short breaks to all who use, provide or plan services

To bring people together to share experiences, ideas and be creative

We aim to be:

A positive forum where people can connect, collaborate and be inspired

At the forefront of innovation in short break planning and practice

An organisation that learns and evolves with experience

We are committed to operating in ways which are:

Responsible, accountable and reliable

Relevant, practical and accessible

Positive and ambitious


Updated January 2015