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Self Directed Support: Peer Support Group

An open invite to join an SDS Peer Support Group Ayrshire Independent Living Network (AILN) have been supporting an SDS Peer Support Group for people receiving SDS in the Ayrshire area (North, South and East Ayrshire). The group would like to extend an invitation to anyone using SDS from any other part of Scotland, particularly […]

Partnership working and peer research in social care

For the International Day of Disabled Persons, Hannah Tweed, the ALLIANCE, reflects on partnership working and peer research. In 2018, the ALLIANCE and Self Directed Support Scotland (SDSS) began discussing the possibility of a joint research project, to provide evidence about people’s experiences of social care. By early 2019 we had started work on My […]

Supporting the role of Personal Assistants

SDSS and the Scottish Personal Assistant Employers Network (SPAEN) are working with the Scottish Government to understand how we can develop and support Personal Assistants (PAs) in Scotland. We’re looking for existing PAs and PA employers to share their knowledge, experience, and ideas to ensure that we get this right for everyone. Please join us […]

Christmas calendar countdown!

Get into the festive spirit with Your Options Understood (Y.O.U) Christmas is nearly here and to celebrate the festive season with a difference this year, Y.O.U has designed a digital comical Christmas countdown Advent Calendar. The Calendar is inclusive for all with festive music, subtitles and voice overs as required. Behind each window you will […]

Boosting Scotland

This winter, by getting the flu vaccine and COVID-19 vaccine booster, you can boost your immunity and help protect your community. Those most at risk from coronavirus will now be offered a COVID-19 Vaccine Booster if it has been at least 24 weeks since their second dose to provide longer-lasting protection against the virus. All […]

Carers Rights Day 2021

Thursday 25 November is Carers Rights Day, which aims to bring organisations together to help carers know their rights and learn more about the help and support they’re entitled to. This year’s Carers Rights Day campaign will focus on raising awareness of the rights that unpaid carers have. The pandemic has had a massive impact […]

Carers Trust survey for adult carers

Carers Trust is asking unpaid carers to complete their survey to help shape future government support. The survey asks what support unpaid carers need in their caring role as well as how social care reform could support unpaid carers more effectively. The survey findings will help inform a Carers Trust campaign to improve the future […]

Support in the Right Direction Report

Inspiring Scotland have published the latest SiRD Report for October 2018 – March 2023 Support in the Right Direction supports 30 projects across 31 Local Authority areas in Scotland, funded by the Scottish Government to provide Independent SDS Information and Support to families and carers accessing the social care system. The purpose of independent support […]

An interview with Chief Exec Donald Macleod

Self Directed Support Scotland’s Chief Executive, Donald Macleod, recently caught up with to share his views on the proposed National Care Service (NCS) and the experiences of people accessing self-directed support (SDS). Discussing the lived experiences of those in receipt of SDS, Donald highlighted the challenges of supported people, especially during the pandemic, including […]

A Tool to help find people with Dementia who go missing

The Herbert Protocol for people with Dementia Since 2017 the Herbert Protocol has been used many times to help police and other agencies quickly and safely locate missing people who have dementia. The scheme is being rolled out nationwide from 21 September, 2021. Families of a person with the condition are asked to download the […]

Thousands of Personal Assistants receive thank you payment

Self Directed Support Scotland (SDSS) are proud to have been a part of the Scottish Government’s ‘thank you’ payment process for Personal Assistants (PAs), which delivered nearly 5,000 payments of up to £500 to PAs. Following months of planning with stakeholders, including Scottish Government, SDSS and payroll providers, on 30 June 2021, an online and […]