Take a Break is Scotland’s short break fund for disabled children and their families.

It aims to provide families with the choice and opportunity to access a single or ongoing break from caring.

Take a Break grants enable families caring for a disabled or seriously ill child or young person to have the opportunity to choose how they would like to take a break, with a view to improving the quality of life, health and wellbeing of the whole family.

The Scottish Government aims to improve the provision of, and access to, breaks for disabled children and young people and their families. The key aims are to:

  • Provide positive outcomes for carers and those children and young people they care for equally, by improving their quality of life, opportunities and wellbeing;
  • Support the personalisation agenda by providing opportunities for carers and the child and young people they care for, to be at the centre of planning and decision making about their short breaks.

Take a Break aims to support carers, including kinship carers and their families, to take a break.

Families or young people who are awarded a Take a Break grant will be expected to provide feedback about how they used their grant and the difference it made to them.

All grants are discretionary and are subject to available funding at any time. The scheme is currently closed to new applications and we will make an announcement when it is open again.

Take a Break is administered on behalf of the Scottish Government by Family Fund.

Find out more about Take a Break.