Media Release: Spotlight on Scotland’s support for carers


A MAJOR international conference is coming to Scotland for the first time.

Experts from the around the world are coming to the tenth International Short Breaks Association conference on Short Breaks and Respite Care in Edinburgh in September 2016.

The theme of the conference is Unlocking the Potential of Short Breaks and the three-day event will explore many exciting developments taking place internationally to achieve better breaks for all.

Scotland’s unique Short Breaks Fund is an example of innovation with government and the ‘third sector; working together to help stimulate new forms of provision.

Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister, said at the recent Scotland Carers Parliament: “The Short Breaks Fund is attracting international attention.

“It’s one reason why the International Short Break Association will hold its biennial conference in Edinburgh next year. That gives us a great opportunity to exchange knowledge and experience with organisations across the world. For us to share what we are doing and learn from others.”

Adds a spokesperson: “As much of the world is struggling with the effects of austerity and an aging population, coming together to find answers to the challenges of supporting caring relationships brings benefits to everybody.”

Don Williamson, CEO, Shared Care Scotland, president of ISBA, also said: “People caring for family members at home sustain the dignity and health of hundreds of thousands of people in Scotland. To sustain this they have to have a life outside their caring routine. Finding ways to support them in their role is the minimum we should do.”


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Please contact Ben Hall, 07833143085 or 01383622462 for further details

Shared Care Scotland is hosting the conference in 2016. Shared Care Scotland works for a Scotland where everyone who receives support or provides unpaid care can live a full and satisfying life, with the assistance they need to take regular, quality breaks from the everyday demands of their caring routines.

ISBA is the International Short Breaks Association

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Contact: Ben Hall
Phone: 07833143085