'Creating Meaningful and Effective Short Breaks Through Direct Payments'

Date: 23rd March 2017, 9.30 to 15.45

Venue: Cardiff Metropolitan University


There are only 8 places left (and falling) for this event! If you want to attend, book by emailing Diane Sedgeley at Dsedgley@cardiffmet.ac.uk.


Aims of the day:

  • To explore what a personal outcomes approach to short breaks looks like, in line with the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014
  • To explore sustainability through potential links between social care and tourism
  • To explore the concept of short breaks and the Scottish Short Breaks Bureaus and compare and contrast with existing respite services in Wales.
  • To celebrate good practice in the provision of short breaks
  • To explore the opportunities and obstacles associated with using Direct Payments to support short breaks
  • To share knowledge, experiences  and skills and build a network for strengthening action at national and community levels


Programme for the day:

09.00:  Registration, refreshments and exhibition stands

10.00:  Welcome and initial research perspectives – Nick Andrews, Swansea University & Diane Sedgley, Cardiff Metropolitan University

10. 15: Thinking outside the box – a policy perspective in line with the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 – Manon Antoniazzi, Visit Wales, Welsh Government

10.25: What matters most to carers and disabled people in Wales? – Keith Bowen, Carers Wales and Jeff Brattan-Wilson, Disability Wales

10.55: A personal perspective from Scotland – Jaynie Mitchell, Inspiring Inclusion

11.15: Refreshment break

11.45: Workshops – choose one of the following three:

  • The individual use of Direct Payments to fund meaningful and effective short breaks
  • The use of pooled Direct Payments to fund meaningful and effective short breaks
  • Understanding interdependence: What is a good life for families? – learning from Scotland

12.45: Lunch and networking

13.30: Aspirations of policy – David Clayton and Louise Hicks, Welsh Government

13.45: Direct Payments in Wales: Opportunities and Obstacles – Zoe Williams, Direct Payments Forum

14.00: Already there – good practice examples from Wales – Donna Coyle, Care to Co-operate

14.15: Workshops choose one of the following three:

  • Developing an holistic, family-centred approach to assessment;
  • The hourly rate – making it work for short breaks;
  • Creativity and innovation – nothing to be scared of.

15.15: Key messages from workshops and hopes for the future

15.45: Evaluation prize draw and close



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