Directory of services

What information does it contain?

Shared Care Scotland has launched a unique Scotland-wide on-line directory of short break and respite services covering all forms of service including, for example: home-based and residential based respite, family placements, befriending, holiday breaks and accessible guest houses and hotels.  In time, we hope the Directory will provide a one-stop-shop where carers, care recipients and health and social care staff will be able to search for and arrange a suitable break to meet individual needs and circumstances.

In addition to our on-line directory we also provide a telephone enquiry service for those that don't have access to the internet or those who can't find what they're looking for on OSBIS.  We will endeavour to help you find a break that best matches your needs and circumstances.

Service Providers:

Make sure your service is on the directory by registering your services with us. Once we have checked the information supplied by you we will publish your record on OSBIS and provide you with a username and password so you can edit/add your own records.  Click here to go to registration page.

Who may access this database?

Anyone who wishes to access information on what is available throughout Scotland, including those who may be intending to access short breaks/respite for themselves or those who seek to identify what is available on behalf of others.

What do we not do?

Shared Care Scotland will not recommend any particular service above others, in all instances the choice remains with the individuals concerned. We also would wish to highlight we do not act as a booking agent for anyone, our role is limited to providing information on what is available as well as contact details should you or someone acting on your behalf wish to pursue an option.

Please note in providing information we only ever undertake specific searches which match services with an identified individuals needs, we do not provide copies of our database or sections of it under client or geographical groupings.

Accessing the Short Break Information Service

Link to OSBIS by clicking the ‘Short Break Search’ tab at the top of this page.

For telephone enquiries, contact Lesley Gudgeon at the Shared Care Scotland office:

By phone: 01383 622462 (Monday - Friday, 9.30am to 4.00pm)

Click here to register for an OSBIS account

This service is made possible through generous funding from the Scottish Government and the Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland


"All the information that was sent has been really useful and given me a good platform to from when considering short breaks/respite for my parents."

"The staff were really easy to talk to, fully understood the challenges faced, knowledgeable and very supportive. Just the kind of response required."

Service Providers:

Make sure your service is on the directory by completing and returning the service record form below. Once we have checked the information supplied we will publish on OSBIS and provide you with a username and password so you can edit/add your own records.

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