Welcome to the first newsletter of the 10thISBA Conference
We may have a little wind and rain in Scotland today but when you come to Edinburgh for the 10th International Short Break Association conference in September you are guaranteed a warm Scottish welcome.
Lots of you have booked your place already and will be inspired by some of the best practice from around the world. Examples of innovative, creative short breaks and respite care will be there for you to take home and share with colleagues. You will make friendships and join a global network of people improving the lives of carers and the people they care for.
There may even be time for some dancing!
For details of the programme and to book your place on “Unlocking the Potential of Short Breaks” 13th – 15th September 2016 visit: www.isba.me
Scottish Mountaineer Jamie Andrew will address the final day of the conference. Jamie’s story is inspirational and is one of the most gripping and profound you will encounter.
In January 1999 he and a climbing partner were trapped for five nights on the storm bound icy summit of a French mountain. The rescue, which was one of the most dramatic in the history of the Alps, came only hours too late to save his partner. Jamie, despite suffering hypothermia and appalling frostbite, survived.
Days later his hands and feet were amputated.
For many this fate would have meant the end of all hope, but not for Jamie.
Jamie’s story, recounted with honesty and passion, is nothing short of incredible.
Fringe and Social Events
Our social calendar for delegates has something for everyone! Our social programme and the fringe events for delegates will open for reservations at the end of March.
On the social side we have a literary walking tour of Edinburgh; a visit to the Scotch Malt Whisky Society; and a visit to Pickerings Gin Distillery, all of which have been donated by the companies themselves. This is as well as an opening reception at Edinburgh's historic City Chambers (hosted by the City of Edinburgh Council) the sumptuous Gala dinner, and the informal Scottish evening of ceilidh dancing and music.
In addition to the main conference content of speakers and workshops we have organised a range of interactive and informal ‘fringe’ experiences for delegates, to provide a different kind of learning.
You could experience a theatre dementia project, or an approach to communication with profoundly disabled people. There is even a mystery session to uplift and inspire you.
All of these will be available for delegates to book when the workshop selections are sent out. The spaces are limited so please book early.
Teddy ISBA has been traveling to find out all he can about short break services in Scotland.
He went to Edinburgh to check out the conference venue, then onto the Carer’s Parliament where he met Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s First Minister.
Catching the postbus to Fife he stayed in the luxurious Homelands Trust Holiday Cottages, purpose built for families caring for someone who is physically disabled to go on holiday together in comfort and style.
Then off to the Scottish Borders for a week of camping, outdoor adventure and bonfires. He promises to write back each time he visits and let everyone know about good quality services that he finds.
You can read about his adventures on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/isba.me
Leuchie House is a charity that provides specialist short breaks for people with nursing care needs.
If you would like to attend the conference and have care needs then they can provide the specialist nursing care and a place for your carers to stay.
The house is set in the beautiful East Lothian countryside 20 miles from Edinburgh and is 2 miles from the sea at North Berwick. If you are interested in knowing more about them and what they offer then you can read their website at www.leuchiehouse.org.uk
September is a busy time for them so please make contact soon if you are interested in staying.
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