The Learning Exchange

Shared Care Scotland is a charity that works to see a Scotland where everyone who receives or provides unpaid care can live happy and fulfilled lives with the support they need to take regular, quality breaks from the demands of their caring situations. 

As part of that we organise learning exchanges that are funded by the Short Breaks Fund  in order to  provide opportunities for the organisations in receipt of grant funding to share learning and good practice, and to inspire new ways of delivering and measuring successful short breaks. 

Click here to go to our Learning Exchange library site, hosted by IRISS.

Please note that these Learning Exchange events are for funded projects and priority will therefore be given to staff from projects that are currently being funded via the Short Breaks Fund.  If there is additional space we may open courses/events to other people. 

We will post all Learning Exchange events here, if you would like to be informed of events as they are advertised please contact


The following events took place recently:

Making short breaks work for young carers

Does your short breaks project involve young carers? Got something to say?

Date: 25th June 2013
Location: The Alliance Scotland, Venlaw Building, 349 Bath Street, Glasgow, G2 4AA
Who is it for?  Projects that work directly with young carers; projects that provide advice and information to young carers; Time to Live projects that provide grants to young carers. 

Content: This free workshop is aimed at organisations who are funded by the Short Breaks Fund and whose work involves young carers. The aim of the workshop is to share good practice and fresh ideas about:

  • How do we reach young carers? What messages and approaches work well?
  • Do we have all the allies that we need to reach young carers effectively? Do we need more help?
  • What do we know about what young carers need and value from a short break? How do we know?
  • What challenges do we need to be aware of?
  • What difference do short breaks make to young carers? How do we know?

Cost: Free. We can offer a substantial contribution to the cost of travel and accommodation for colleagues from remote areas. If this is relevant to you please phone me, Alison Stevenson on 01383 622462 for information about how to claim this contribution.

Brilliant Breaks Conference

Date: 21st May 2013
Location: Our Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh
Who is it for: Short breaks service providers; local authority commissioners and planners; parents of disabled children; policy makers; professionals from the world of disability; independent funders
Content/Purpose: Using examples of  good practice and innovation generated through the Better Breaks and Take a Break grant programmes, the aim of the conference is to  inspire imagination and fresh thinking in  the design, planning and commissioning of short breaks that support families with a disabled child
Cost: Free

Time to Live - Sharing Practice Network

Date: 13th Feb 2013
Location: Edinburgh Training & Conference Centre
Who is it for: People / projects who have received Time to Live funding from the Short Breaks Fund
Content / Purpose: To provide opportunities for projects to share learning and good practice and to inspire new ways of delivering and measuring successful Time to Live projects.
Cost: Free

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to be in touch

Short Breaks Fund Manager: Alison Stevenson
Tel: 01383 622 462


Funding breaks for people with care needs and their carers

Funding breaks for disabled children, young people and their families

sbs-logo 310.png   A collection of stories and reports from people and projects funded by the Short Breaks Fund

Making good practice common practice


Shared Care Scotland is delighted to be working in partnership with Evaluation Support Scotland to deliver our Learning Exchange programme of events on outcomes measurement.

Short Breaks Fund Manager (Learning): Alison Stevenson
Tel: 01383 622 462

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