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Why become an SDSS member?

As we begin our membership renewal process and welcome new memberships, it’s important we know the importance of being a member of Self Directed Support Scotland. Self-directed Support Scotland (SDSS) provide an opportunity for groups and organisations to come together to support each other in making SDS a reality for people across Scotland. With peer […]

PA Employer Handbook launched

Self Directed Support Scotland (SDSS) is proud to launch an update of the Personal Assistant (PA) Employer Handbook, first published by the Scottish Government in 2014. With thousands of PA employers across the country, and with tens of thousands of people accessing Self-directed Support (SDS), it’s important that both current and potential employers under […]

Get ready for Membership Renewal Week

Self Directed Support Scotland (SDSS) represents organisations that are run by and for disabled people and/ or deliver independent Self-directed Support (SDS) information and support across all parts of Scotland. The focus and direction of our work reflects the needs and priorities of our membership in their role in supporting people across Scotland. Without our […]

Making caring visible and valued

This week (7 – 13 June 2021) is Carers Week and an opportunity to raise awareness of caring, highlight challenges faced by unpaid carers and recognise the contribution they make throughout the country. With new challenges due to the coronavirus pandemic, many people are taking on more caring responsibilities for their friends and family. It’s […]

COVID-19 – Social care worker death in service payment

The Scottish Government has improved the guidance and claim process for their COVID-19 Social care worker death in service payment. In July 2020, the Scottish Government published details of the Coronavirus social care worker death in service payment, however the process for applying was not as efficient as it could be. The scheme provides a […]

Scottish Government pledge to deliver National Care Service

It is promising to see the Scottish Government commit to creating a National Care Service as recommended in the Feeley review (Independent Review of Adult Social Care in Scotland). The National Care Service is set to oversee the delivery of care, improve standards, ensure enhanced pay and conditions for workers and provide better support for […]

Equally Valued: Equally Connected – ALLIANCE Annual Conference

You can now register for a series of online events as part of the Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland’s (ALLIANCE) annual conference, Equally Valued: Equally Connected. From 7 – 11 June 2021, the ALLIANCE’s week-long annual conference provides time and space to come together to reflect and discuss key issues. This year’s themes include: […]

Dementia Awareness Week 2021

For Dementia Awareness Week 2021, Alzheimer Scotland is reflecting on the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on people living with dementia, their families and carers. From Monday 31 May until Sunday 6 June 2021, the charity that works to make sure nobody faces dementia alone in Scotland, will be exploring ‘Hidden voices, Hidden impact, […]

Scottish Government bonus for Personal Assistants (PAs) – progress update

The Scottish Government has provided an update on the Personal Assistant (PA) bonus. You can read the letter to PAs here.  The Scottish Government has published answers to Frequently Asked Questions asked by health and social care staff which includes updated details on eligibility. Further updates will be published to the FAQs page as and […]

Mental health, inclusion and social care

You’re invited to explore mental health, inclusion and social care at the ALLIANCE’s annual conference this June. The experiences of people with lived experience of mental health issues in relation to Self-directed Support (SDS) will be explored as part of the Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland’s (ALLIANCE) annual conference on 10 June 2021. Dr […]