Creative Breaks - National Conference

"One of the best events I've been to"

Many thanks to everyone that attended our Creative Breaks conference – all 155 of you!  A special mention to all our workshop leaders, our ‘host’ Mike Stevenson, our keynote speakers – Rob Greig, Michael Matheson, Moira Oliphant and Joe Gibson – and to Vicky Nicolson, Gerry McGennity, Stuart Ridge and Louise Morgan. 

These are challenging times with the economic situation such as it is.  Despite this there was a strong sense from all the speakers that progress can be made.  This begins with a greater effort all round to ensure that the short breaks resources we have available are delivering the best outcomes possible. 

By applying our creative talents - and perhaps being a bit more adventurous -  we can also look ‘outside the box’ for new and imaginative solutions to achieving better breaks.  In both cases the success of our efforts will be determined by the extent to which we can engage and involve carers and service users - very people who will use or benefit from the short breaks - as equal partners, in designing future services.

On this page you will find slides, papers and podcasts from the day.  We hope these resources will be widely shared and will help to inspire others who couldn’t be with us on the day.

Michael Matheson MSP, Minister for Public Health

Young Carers Festival Video


"The business breakfast was very effective and useful - good clear information of the fund application process, good selection of speakers" 

"Best conference for ages!"

"A very informative and inspiring day!

"Very good mix of participants - being able to hear about people's positive experiences was very useful."

View all of the feedback that we received from people who attended on the day.




Creative Breaks Conference Programme

 Display Stands

We have created a "LiveBinder" with all the organisations that displayed at the conference. Click here to view.


Download the audio files (mp3) of the conference speakers below.

Michael Matheson MSP

Rob Greig

Moira Oliphant

Joe Gibson

Vicky Nicolson, Stuart Ridge & Gerald McGennity

Louise Morgan

Presentation & Workshop Slides

Rob Greig

Promoting Creativity: Valued Short Breaks and Effective Co-production

New briefing papers on short breaks for disabled children

Moira Oliphant

Carer's Policy

Alison Stevenson

Short Break Fund - Business Breakfast

Emma Clarke & Paul Dumbleton

Direct Short Breaks

Margaret Petherbridge

Falkirk Short Break Bureau - Mental Health Pilot

Cathy Hunter

Creative Approaches to Emergency Planning

Tony Johnson & Lynda Barr

Short Break Bureau- Improving Outcomes for Service Users and Carers in Dumfries and Galloway

Jillian Dougall

West Lothian Flexible Short Break Scheme

Jane Greenacre and Debbie Greenough

VOCAL - Flexible Short Breaks for Carers

VOCAL - Debbie

Maureen McClelland

An Introduction to PAMIS

Mairi O'Keefe

Link to Leuchie House Website

Sandra Hosie & Ann Marie Scobbie

Joint Dementia Initiative


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