Shropshire Short Breaks – invitation to apply for contracts

Shropshire Council logoShropshire’s Short Breaks Team are looking to gain new applications to deliver Short Breaks opportunities in 2014/15 for children with disabilities or additional needs as part of the ‘All In’ programme.

The deadline by which all applications must be received is 5pm on 23rd January 2014.

Further information can be found by clicking here.

Please pass this information on to any provider/club/group/organisation etc… you feel may be interested.

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Skills for Care – funding for User-Led Organisations

Skills for Care logoFrom Monday 20 May 2013, User-Led Organisations (ULOs) can apply for grant funding to deliver (or broker) learning/training required by people who employ their own care and support staff (individual employers).

The training or learning delivered may include, but will not be restricted to, accredited health and social care qualifications, but must be completed by 31 October 2013.

This funding has been made available to increase the number of individual employers and personal assistants accessing development opportunities.

Applications must be submitted via the Skills for Care e-tendering and funding portal by 4pm on Friday 7 June 2013.

Further information and guidance (that includes the eligibility criteria) can be found on the funding pages of the Skills for Care website

All queries should be directed to:

Shropshire Short Breaks Capital Funding 2013/14

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Shropshire Short Breaks has some capital funding available.

The capital funding can be used to develop universal and community based services to make them more accessible or to enhance services already available to disabled children and their families. Capital funding can be used to improve facilities or to purchase equipment. There is a minimum limit of £2,500. It cannot be used to fund staff, training or activities.

We have a maximum of £150,000 to spend before the end of August 2013 and would like to hear from a variety of organisations (service providers, Council services, parent support groups, charities etc…) that have an idea of how they would use this fund to develop their service areas for the benefit of the Short Breaks programme. Ideally, we would like to hear about existing or planned projects, which can sustain themselves beyond this one-off support.

Terms and conditions attached to this funding include;

• Funding will be in the form of a ‘one off’ funding agreement.
• Any ongoing costs such as maintenance and repair etc… will not be covered and will be the applicant’s responsibility.
• Proof of Public Liability Insurance and up to date accounts will need to be produced.
• An end of project report along with evidence of expenditure would be required to describe how the money was spent, what equipment was purchased and when the project was completed.
• In the event that our grant does not get spent in full this money must be repaid to Shropshire Council.

Evaluation of applications:

All applications will be evaluated on the basis of:
• Benefit to the Short Breaks programme
• Value for money
• Sustainability

Next step:

If you would like further information or would like to submit a proposal, please contact Harry Cade on 01743 250225 or email The deadline for completed forms is Friday 31st May 2013.
(The grant conditions are such that this opportunity will expire by 31 August 2013)

Short Breaks Development in Shropshire

All In logo - blogInvitation to apply for contracts during April 2013 to March 2014

Shropshire Council is seeking applications from service providers to assist it in meeting the requirements of ‘The Breaks for Carers of Disabled Children Regulations 2010’.

Shropshire Council are inviting applications for the following;

• Provision of a playscheme during Easter and Whitsun school holidays 2013 for children and young people with disabilities aged 5-19.

• A range of short break opportunities that will run for up to one year from April 2013 to March 2014 with the possibility of extension by one year.

For further information please click here.