Better Breaks/ Short Breaks Fund

VOCAL’s Better Breaks Scheme a flexible respite.

The scheme aims to increase the number of breaks available to parents and carers of children and young people with additional needs aged 21 and under.

Flexible Respite

Flexible respite allows parents and carers to select the time, length of and location of respite.  How does it work?

  1. Submit an application and participation agreement to VOCAL’s Grants Panel
  2. A worker will be allocated by LAS based on the information and preferences stated in the application form*
  3. Parents liaise directly with carers to arrange respite at a time that suits them.

Download VOCAL Better Break Application Form 2017-18.

Important information

  • Hours can only be redeemed with Lothian Autistic Society
  • Hours can be used in blocks of no less than two hours and in blocks of 30mins there after
  • If hours are to be used with in the family home then a parent must remain at home during the whole visit
  • The worker will only provide support to the child named on the form and no other children
  • The sessional workers can have limited availability so most respite hours will need to be used in late afternoon, early evening or at the weekend
  • All hours must be used within 6 months of the award being made
  • All hours must be used by the 31st of April 2018
  • If you do not begin using the hours within 2 months of the award then hours will be withdrawn
  • If your child has specific medical needs or requires two to one support then there may be a delay before your award can be started
  • If your child requires a 2:1 staffing ratio then this may result in a reduced number of hours of respite being provided.  LAS have the final decision staffing ratios.
    If your child is a wheelchair user then respite sessions can last no longer than 3 hours

*Please note it is not possible for all preferences to be met


All information on this site is provided to the best of our knowledge but please call the organisation involved for more details.

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