Better Breaks

What we want to achieve with the Better Breaks programme

The purpose of Better Breaks is to develop responsive and creative short break opportunities for disabled children and young people, and their families.

We particularly want to improve short break opportunities for disabled children and young people with additional multiple support needs.

We are really keen to hear about proposals which will integrate disabled children better with mainstream community services and opportunities

New Grant Holder Workshops

We will be running these workshops to give more details as to what we expect from funded projects.  As well as networking opportunities, the workshops will include what we mean by outcomes and outputs, our on-line evaluation procedures, and details of our resources available.

The event is aimed at those who are new to the Short Breaks Fund, but all are welcome to attend.

Please note that participation in these workshops is completely voluntary and not a requirement for funding.

Funded projects

Click here to see all projects that have received funding through the Short Breaks Fund including the Better Breaks programme.

You can visit the Short Break Stories website to read all the evaluation reports from projects funded over the last 18 months.

You can see some of the services that have been funded previously in these short clips.

About the Short Breaks Fund

The Short Breaks Fund, including the Better Breaks programme, is managed by the National Carer Organisations through Shared Care Scotland, on behalf of Scottish Ministers. The Short Breaks Fund also incorporates the Creative Breaks programme which provides funding to improve the range and availability of short breaks for adults with care needs and their carers, for young carers and for kinship carers.

Better Breaks is a funding programme 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. Funded by the Scottish Government and divided into two grant making programmes – one administered by Shared Care Scotland and the other by the Family Fund.

Funding for carers and the people they care for

Direct funding for families is available through The Family Fund. Their programme is called Take a Break Scotland. Eligible families in Scotland, caring for disabled children and young people, will be able to apply directly to the Fund for financial help to arrange a short break. More information on how to apply for this funding can be found at: