Better Breaks Programme - Funded Projects

Better Breaks.jpgThe Scottish Government has made a short break fund of £2millions available for short breaks for disabled children, young people and their families.  The Scottish Government aims through this funding to improve the provision of, and access to, quality short breaks for disabled children and their families, especially where children and young people have multiple support needs. 

"Just wanted to let you know how much we appreciate the adventure breaks that Buddies now run.  My daughter loved her last one and as we do not get any other respite it gives us a break too.  The fact that she is with a great group of people, all her own age, enjoying herself, lets us enjoy a few days on our own knowing she is having fun. She is already looking forward to the next one this summer."

For more information about the Short Breaks Fund contact the Short Breaks Fund Manager on 01383 622 462.

Below is a list of projects that were provisionally funded in the first year of the Better Breaks Programme (April 2012).  Please contact the individual projects if you require further information.

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Scotland Wide

The Highlands

Aberdeen / Aberdeenshire / Moray

Angus / Dundee

Perth & Kinross


Clackmannanshire, Falkirk & Stirling

Argyll & Bute

East & West Dunbartonshire

North South and East Ayrshire

Greater Glasgow & Clyde Valley

North & South Lanarkshire

Edinburgh and the Lothians

The Scottish Borders

Scotland Wide

Scottish Spina Bifida Association

01236 794500 /

Awarded £30,000 to provide residential family weekends for families who have a child with Spina Bifida.

Tourette Scotland

01738 646742 /

Awarded £21,177 to provide weekend breaks in specialist outdoor centres for families with a child with Tourettes.

The Highlands


0131 659 4791 /

Awarded £34,458 to provide home based respite care for families in Highland who have a disabled child with complex needs.

Reality Adventure Works in Scotland Ltd

0141 777 7656 /

Awarded £14,541 to contribute to the cost of a scheme to provide residential outdoor activities and camps for children on the autistic spectrum.

Aberdeen / Aberdeenshire / Moray

Childrens Hospice Association Scotland

0131 444 40006  /   

Awarded £9,014  to provide a series of family days in Aberdeen to support familes with disabled children or those with life shortening conditions.

Crossroads (East Banff & Buchan)

01346 510280 /   

Awarded £12,678 to provide a mix of holiday, weekend & evening activities for disabled young people in Aberdeenshire & Moray.

Grampian Childrens Respite Care Project

01224 746873

Awarded £13,866 to establish a playscheme for disabled young children in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire.

One Parent Families Scotland

01467 641000  /

Awarded £15,029 to provide an afterschool programme for disabled children in Aberdeenshire.

Angus / Dundee

SENSE Scotland

0141 429 0294  /  

Awarded £38,205 to pilot a programme of themed holiday period activities for children with sensory and other disabilities in Dundee.

Perth & Kinross

Enable Scotland

0141 225 1681 /   

Awarded £25,246 to provide summer activity days for 6 weeks during the summer holidays for 4 local authority areas;  Forth Valley, Perth & Kinross, Fife & West Dunbartonshire.


 01738 634789 /

Awarded £28,560 to provide a care at home sitter service to BME families in Perth who have a disabled child.


Aberlour Childcare Trust

01592 744636 /

Awarded £24,978 to provide a menu of day activities and overnight short breaks to disabled young people, who are preparing to make the transition to adulthood.

Fife Action on Autism

01592 779190 /

Awarded £5,730 to run a residential short break holiday for young people with autism and their carers.

Clackmannanshire, Falkirk & Stirling

Action For Children - Tayavalla

01324 633772 /   

Awarded £6,605 to run a Saturday activity club for disabled children who use Tayavalla Respite Unit. 


01786 450086 /  

Awarded £18,682 to establish a new play scheme in Stirling for young disabled children aged 3-5.

Argyll & Bute

Achievement Bute

 01700 505 558  /   

Awarded £18,741 to provide weekend away days for disabled children and 5 group trips benefitting families in Bute.

East & West Dunbartonshire

ENABLE Scotland

0141 226 4541 /

Awarded £22,162 to provide a summer activity scheme for disabled children in East Dunbartonshire.

The Princes Royal Trust - Carers of West Dumbartonshire

0141 941 1550 /   

Awarded £6,850 to provide small personalised budgets for families with a disabled child to purchase their own Short Break.

North, East & South Ayrshire

Aberlour Child Care Trust - Ardfin Rd

01292 671971 / 

Awarded £24,323 to provide holiday playschemes for pre-school disabled children in South Ayrshire.   

Action for Children - Lisalanna

01698 424102 / 

Awarded  £23,145 to provide weekend social and leisure opportunities for disabled young people who use Lisalanna residential respite in East Ayrshire.

Girvan Youth Trust

01465 714729 /  

Awarded £14,558 to develop a peer buddy scheme for disabled children in South Ayrshire.


01505 616 158 / 

Awarded £18,562 to provide activity days and an overnight visit for young disabled people approaching transition from school to adulthood in North Ayrshire.

The Butterfly Club

01294 278287 /  

Awarded £43,806 to provide school holiday activities for disabled children with complex needs in Ayrshire.

Greater Glasgow & Clyde Valley

Action for Children

0141 550 9047 /

Awarded £20,041 to provide social activities and a residential weekend for disabled young people who are preparing to leave children's respite services.

Buddies Clubs and Services (Glasgow West Ltd)

0141 434 0249/201 /   

Awarded £44,978 to provide residential adventure holidays for disabled children and young people in Glasgow and East Dunbartonshire.

Corseford School Parent Council

 01505 702141 /

Awarded £18,386  to run a summer playscheme for disabled children with complex needs who attend Corseford School in Renfrewshire.

Cosgrove Care

 0141 620 2500 /

Awarded £26,000 to provide a summer playscheme for disabled children with complex needs in East Renfrewshire.

Crossreach, The Mallard   

0131 657 2000 /  

Awarded £16,124 to fund residential holidays of 4 nights each for children with complex needs.

Dumbarton District Disabled Childrens Forum

01389 609373

Awarded £20,292 to fund a family activity weekend at The Calvert Trust for families with a disabled child.

East Renfrewshire Carers Centre

0141 638 4888 /  

Awarded £24,450 to enable access to Eastwood Recreation Centre for families who have a disabled child in east Renfrewshire.

Geeza Break

0141 573 2900 /

Awarded £21,068 to provide a home based sitter service to families with a disabled child and support access to a playscheme during the school holidays in Glasgow.

Glasgow Children's Holiday Scheme

0141 248 7255 /

Awarded £10,476 to provide accessible caravan holidays to families with a disabled child.

Reality Adventure Works in Scotland Ltd

0141 777 7656  /  

Awarded £14,541 to contribute to the cost of a scheme to provide residential outdoor activities and camps for children on the autistic spectrum.

Renfrewshire Carers Centre

 0141 887 3643 /  

Awarded £20,000 to establish a voucher scheme for families with a disabled child in Renfrewshire to purchase their own short break.

The PRT Inverclyde Carers Centre

01475 735180 /

Awarded £17,000 to provide residential holiday breaks for families with a disabled child, in self catering accommodation.

The Saturday Cafe & Associated Clubs

0141 634 4171

Awarded £35,845 to deliver a holiday playscheme in Glasgow/East Renfrewshire for Disabled Children from Glasgow, East Renfrewshire, and South Lanarkshire.

North & South Lanarkshire

Action For Children - Silverton Short Breaks

01698 424102 / 

Awarded £23,805 to provide weekend leisure activities for young people who use Silverton Short Breaks Residential Unit in South Lanarkshire.

Awarded £22,600 to support disabled young people to use mainstream outdoor leisure opportunities in South Lanarkshire to encourage friendship & integration

National Autistic Society

0141 221 8090 /   

Awarded £19,692 to establish a befriending service for children & young people with autism in South Lanarkshire.

Edinburgh and the Lothians

Barnardo's Scotland

0131 334 9893 /

Awarded £22,495 to run short break residential holidays at Wiston Lodge for disabled children from the Lothians and South Lanarkshire

East Lothian Special Needs Playscheme

01620 893056  /   

Awarded £17,280 to provide 20 days of playscheme activities for children with severe & complex needs in East Lothian.

Firsthand ( Edinburgh Sitters)

0131 557 3121 /

Awarded £44,057 to provide a sitter service for children and young people in Edinburgh including those from BME families.


0131 538 9354 /   

Awarded £10,877 to provide social days out for learning disabled young people in Edinburgh.

Lothian Autistic Society

0131 661 3834 /

Awarded £10,206 to establish a new youth club for ASD young people in West Lothian, as a pilot partnership between the society and West Lothian Council.

RNIB Scotland

 0131 557 1004 /

Awarded £36,967 to fund 4 residential weekends benefitting visually impaired children, also an after school programme in 3 local authority

Sleep Scotland

0131 343 1385 /  

Awarded £21,944 to support young people with very challenging needs to take part in mainstream sport & leisure activities in Edinburgh.

Star Youth Club

01620 893056 /   

Awarded £8,000 to establish a new youth club for 14-18 year olds with multiple support needs in East Lothian.

The Action Group

0131 475 2315 /

Awarded £42,123 to provide a mix of residential adventure weekends and monthly social groups for disabled young people from Midlothian and Falkirk.

The Yard Adventure Centre

0131 476 4506 / 

Awarded £12,569 to establish youth clubs for 8-12 year old disabled children in Edinburgh.

The Scottish Borders

Interest Link Borders

01573 410760  /  

Awarded £18,438 to further develop a befriending project for disabled children in The Scottish Borders.

Tweeddale Buddy Bank/Tweeddale Youth Action

01721 723123

Awarded £39,223 to establish a new buddy scheme for disabled children and young people in The Scottish Borders.


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