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Have your say on the future of ILF!

Back in 2015, when the closure of the UK ILF was imminent, there was a lot of anxiety amongst disabled people, Disabled People’s Organisations and third sector organisations about what this would mean. However, after successful lobbying work, and formal Scottish Government consultation, a Scottish ILF was created.  ILF Scotland is now over four years old, and the team are looking […]

Applications open for Partners in Policymaking 2019/20.

  Partners in Policymaking’ is an internationally recognised leadership development programme for parents of disabled children (up to the age of 18) and for disabled adults, including people with learning difficulties, sensory impairments and physical impairments.  The programme is a chance for participants to gain the knowledge, skills and confidence they need to campaign and advocate for […]

Programme for Government 2019-20: What does this mean for SDS?

Scottish Government recently launched the new Programme for Government 2019-20 ‘Protecting Scotland’s future’ which can be accessed here. The programme covers a range of policy areas, key commitments relevant to SDS and Social care are as follows: To work with health and social care partnerships, local authorities, providers and improvement organisations to make it easier […]

Potential funding opportunity for members: Wee Grants for Wee Groups.

The Robertson Trust have recently launched a pilot grant ‘Wee Grants for Wee Groups’ which may interest SDSS members. The fund is available to both charities and constituted groups and is for funding of between £500 – £2000. The application process is fairly straightforward they don’t ask for any formal reporting after using the money. […]

Potential funder, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation

  About the Social Change fund The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation has a fund focused on projects working towards social change, with three main funding priorities: • Participation – marginalised and excluded individuals and groups • Place – revitalising community life • Injustice – systemic change around injustice and inequality You can read more details about […]

Revised guidance on charging for residential accommodation: July 2019.

  The Scottish Government has released updated guidance on charging for residential accommodation, effective as of the 28th June 2019. Access the guidance here.

Technology Enabled Care: Tests of Change 2019/20

TEC: Tests of Change 2019/20 The Technology Enabled Care Programme Team are inviting applicants to participate in their 2019/20 Tests of Change initiative. Last year there was a very strong response to their invitation for applications which led to the initiation of their ‘Service Innovation Pipeline’ approach. This year they are keen to build on […]

Disclosure bill update.

The Disclosure (Scotland) Bill was introduced to the Scottish Parliament on 12 June 2019. A copy of the bill can be found on the Scottish Parliament website here. The bill sets out proposals to modernise and improve the proportionality of the state disclosure system in Scotland. The Government’s response to the consultation has now been […]

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, […]

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 […]