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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’ has now closed. Reports will be published on the project page here in due course. 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 […]

SDS National Voice 2019 report published and videos available!

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 […]

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 […]

Scottish Government consultation: Timescales for adult carer support plans and young carer statements for carers of people who are terminally ill.

The Government have opened a consultation which will be used to inform regulations that will set prioritised time limits for the preparation of adult carer support plans and young carer statements for carers of people who are terminally ill. The Carers (Scotland) Act 2016 extends and enhances the rights of unpaid carers in Scotland by […]

Scottish Government consultation: Scottish Charity Law.

This consultation seeks views on potential improvements to the statutory charity regulation framework in Scotland, in light of proposals put forward by the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR). The proposals broadly focus on improvements to charity law that would increase transparency and accountability in order to maintain public trust and confidence in charities and OSCR. Click here […]

Recent employment law case: Self-employed carer joins the “employment” family

You may have heard about a recent court case relating to employment status, which is particularly relevant as it specifically applies to the care work force, and the use of an introduction agency.  Anthony Collins Solicitors have summarised the case here and note the following key points for those involved in the sector: The fact that […]