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SDSS developments, what’s next?

SDSS Developments, what’s next? 2018 has been a busy time for SDSS in terms of technology. We are in the process of redeveloping our website & with the new GDPR regulation coming into effect we took the opportunity to implement a number of system improvements. Find out more about these changes and how we can […]

SDSS membership year 2018-19 developments and more to come!

As the 2018-19 membership year comes to an end we have put together a list of highlights from the last year and key developments to increase the support that we provide to members. Read more to recap on the year and to find out how to stay involved in 2019-20! The launch of My Support, […]

SDS National Voice 2019 report published!

On the 13th March 2019 Self Directed Support Scotland brought you ‘SDS National Voice: Local Stories’, at Stirling Court Hotel. An event for SDSS members, social care users, carers and those working in health and social care to discuss good practice in social care delivery, and what we can do to ensure that SDS implementation […]

Public Health Scotland Consultation: have you say!

      The Scottish Government, in partnership with COSLA has published a six week consultation seeking views on Public Health Scotland and the necessary legislative changes that are required to establish the body. The consultation will focus on a number of areas including: Governance and accountability Outcomes and performance Functions and structure Future relationships […]

#MySupportMyChoice19 TFN exclusive!

      Today the #MySupportMyChoice19 research featured in TFN and we heard from the ALLIANCE CEO Ian Welsh on the power of lived experience and the importance of reporting on it to improve SDS: ‘The My Support My Choice project prioritises people’s lived experiences of being assessed for and receiving Self-directed Support, providing a […]

Support Dementia Awareness Week: 3-9 June 2019

This Dementia Awareness week (3-9th June 2019) Alzheimer Scotland will be raising awareness of the importance of dementia research, the impact it can have and the vital need for new research volunteers. They want to make sure that more people than ever have access to the right care, information and support and to spread the […]

Investing in Communities Fund: applications now open!

      On 7th May Scottish Government launched a new £11.5 million fund for Community groups and projects tackling disadvantage, poverty and inequality. The fund encourages community-led development, design and delivery of sustainable local solutions addressing local issues, circumstances and aspirations – such as supporting out-of-school provision, providing activities and workshops, creating a community café and […]

Making a lasting difference: sustaining non-profit organisations and their impact.

Graeme Reekie of Wren and Greyhound has recently released a new book ‘making a lasting difference’ which is based on the popular lasting difference toolkit on sustaining non-profit organisations. Offering creative insights and straightforward definitions, the book introduces the five capabilities of sustainable organisations and the steps that can be taken to achieve them: Involvement Income […]

My Support, My Choice: survey now live!

The ‘My Support My Choice’ is now live, click here.  My Support, My Choice is a joint research project from two independent charities Self Directed Support Scotland (SDSS) and Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (the ALLIANCE) which looks to examine Service User experiences of Self-directed Support (SDS), you can read more information about the […]

Free Personal Care for Under 65’s: Key resources.

On April 1st the Community Care (Personal Care and Nursing Care) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 2) Regulations 2018 came into force. This legislation extends free personal care to those under the age of 65. At the moment public facing guidance is not yet available, however Local Authorities have been issued with guidance which we previously shared and can […]

New publication: ‘PA Checklist – A Tool for Assessing Personal Assistance Schemes.’

. In November and December 2018, the European Network on Independent Living (ENIL) piloted the PA Checklist – a new tool designed for assessing personal assistance (PA) schemes from the perspective of independent living. The checklist was created by ENIL to help advocates around the world to fight for better PA and to monitor the […]