A major international conference is coming to Scotland for the first time. Experts from the around the world are coming to the 10th 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 3-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.”
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.
“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, and the people they help care for, is the minimum we should do. We very much look forward to welcoming delegates to Scotland and to strengthening connections with individuals and organisations from around the world who share this goal.”
Don Williamson, CEO, Shared Care Scotland, President of ISBA