The latest news about the International Short Breaks Association 2016 conference
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The 2016 International Short Breaks Association conference takes place in Edinburgh on the 13th - 15th September this year. This is a chance to hear about the developments in short breaks from around the world, make international contacts, and look at the key conference questions:

  • What does the evidence say about short breaks and how is this shaping development?
  • What is working and why? What are the factors helping and limiting progress?
  • What can we learn that can be applied in our own countries?

Although almost full, there are still a few places available for delegates. The detail of the full programme is now available on and you can book your place from there.

Workshops and Fringe Event Programme

With 31 workshops to choose from there is something for everyone at the conference. There are speakers on policy and practice developments, on specific conditions, and general approaches. The full details are at

As well as the workshops, there are a series of fringe events. These are smaller sessions for people with a specific focus. There is a session on making theatre accessible to those with dementia, there are the pre-conference visits to local projects, and there are lunchtime events at the conference venue. These places are limited and are filling up fast, please book your place soon to avoid disappointment.

Pre-Conference Project Visits

For those delegates arriving early to Edinburgh, there will be the option of visiting one of four short break services located in and around the city.
These visits are to The Yard, Action for Children, Leuchie House, or Upward Mobility, and give an opportunity to see and hear about the short breaks that they offer. Full details can be seen at 

Teddy ISBA 

“Ceilidh I hear you say, I thought I would give you a little bit of information” says Teddy Isba.

The word Ceilidh descended from the Gaelic word for “gathering” or “ party”, a fun filled night of wild dancing, good music and good company”.

Everyone can take part, young and old, experienced dancers to beginners, and even those with two left feet.

Don’t be nervous, there is nothing to worry about, a Ceilidh is a unique combination of traditional tunes and funky rhythm.

Get your dancing shoes on and book yourselves in for a “right guid evening” with traditional live Scottish music and dancing at the Jam House 7.30pm – 12 midnight, music by the fabulous Robert Fish Band.  I am practising my Dashing White Sergeant steps, I’ll see you there.

Teddy ISBA.

Bursaries Available

Last chance to apply for an ISBA conference bursary!
Shared Care Scotland is keen to make it easy for smaller charities to take part in ISBA, especially organisations that we already support through the Short Breaks Fund  and who might not otherwise be able to afford a place.
We still have a limited number of bursaries available which can help with the cost of your conference ticket, accommodation  or travel. 
Who can apply? Organisations which are currently funded through the Short Breaks Fund, with income less than £500,000. You must be available to take part in the conference from 13 – 15 September 2016 in Edinburgh.
How much? Most awards will be capped at £250, but we can be flexible with applicants from remote areas with particularly expensive travel costs.
How to apply? Please explain in an email to Alison Stevenson by Friday 8 July how coming along to the conference would support your professional development and knowledge, and how your organisation would benefit from your participation. Please confirm in your email that your senior officer or Chair supports your application. How much do you need and how will it be used? Alison’s email is

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Social Programme

To make the most of your time in Edinburgh and to strengthen friendships across our international family, we are arranging an exciting range of social events for conference delegates.  This will include a welcome drinks reception hosted by the City of Edinburgh Council in the historic Council Chambers on Edinburgh’s famous Royal Mile, a Ceilidh of Scottish Music and Dancing and a Grand Gala Dinner.  

To book your place on the Gala Dinner or any of the social events, please amend your registration at

In addition to these, and with many thanks to Pickerings Gin, The Scottish Malt Whisky Society, and Edinburgh libraries, there are some places available to visit a gin distillery, experience a whiskey tasting session or take an exclusive guided stroll through some of Edinburgh’s fascinating literary landmarks and characters, followed by a VIP tour of the famous Writers Museum which celebrates the lives of 4 Scottish “greats”.

Full details at

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Time to Shine 

This is your place to share the joys of your service for the world of ISBA to see. You can see the films sent so far at

Send us your short films of your short break service. Your smiles, your tears, whatever you are most proud of, and we will share them with delegates.

Email links to or ask to share in Dropbox.

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