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The Independent Review of learning disability and autism in the mental health act

The Independent Review of learning disability and autism in the mental health act is looking at whether this law needs to change for people with autism or people with learning disability. The review is looking at whether the law promotes and protects people’s human rights. If the review finds that the law needs to change […]

End of year message from our Chief Executive

2020 has been a year of change and resilience for many, including Self Directed Support Scotland (SDSS). Having joined the organisation in August, I have been proud to be part of a movement of independent support which has responded so effectively to a global crisis, adapting to meet the needs of people accessing or trying […]

Festive period office closure

Self Directed Support Scotland will be closing over the festive period to allow our small team to rest and spend time with their loved ones (following Covid-19 guidance). The ‘office’ will close at 4.30pm on Friday 18 December and will reopen at 9.30am on Monday 4 January. You can use our ‘Find Help’ tool at […]

SDSS’ Annual Report 2019-20

Report and Financial Statements – For the Year Ended 31 March 2020 Self Directed Support Scotland (SDSS) represents organisations run by and for disabled people, with our members supporting thousands of people across Scotland with their social care choices. Together we work to ensure that Self-directed Support is implemented successfully so that people have full […]

Trustees’ Week

Meet Self Directed Support Scotland’s Trustees This week, 2-6 November 2020, has been Trustees’ Week and we’d like to take this opportunity to shine a spotlight on Self Directed Support Scotland’s Trustees. Trustees are the people in charge of a charity and without them, Self-Directed Support Scotland (SDSS) wouldn’t be able to support our membership […]

Introducing our Communications and Policy Manager

Earlier this month (September 2020), our team grew as we welcomed Michael Pillans in the role of Communications and Policy Manager.  Coming from a background in private, public and third sector marketing and communications, Michael brings a wealth of knowledge and skills for engaging audiences and influencing change.   Michael joins us from Alzheimer Scotland where he was introduced to self-directed […]

Welcome to our new SDSS Chief Executive

We are pleased to welcome Donald Macleod, our new SDSS Chief Executive, who joined us at the end of August (2020).   Donald brings over 27 years of experience in social care, in a range of senior management and strategic roles. Having led Autism Network Scotland for five years, supporting the implementation of The Scottish Strategy for Autism in partnership with Scottish Government, he […]

Goodbye and Good Luck Jess!

    As many of you are now aware our fantastic manager, Jess Wade, will soon be leaving SDSS after 8 years at the organisation. The team at SDSS will miss her dearly, Jess is truly a pleasure to work with, and is a compassionate, extremely capable leader. She will take on a new role […]

Coronavirus (COVID-19) information for SDSS members and stakeholders.

  This page will be updated frequently as the situation develops. Last updated: Monday 4 January 2021, 3pm  Scottish Government Guidance: what you can and cannot do. As members and key stakeholders will be aware Coronavirus (COVID-19) is causing particular concern for those working in a social care context at the moment. There is lots […]

2019: a year in numbers.

    As the year comes to a  close we have taken a closer look at website activity to highlight the key searches, trends and breaking news in SDS from 2019! Online form data. It is now a year since our new website went live, a big part of the new site being the ´Find […]

Latest on social care policy: Adult Social Care Reform programme launched.

The much anticipated Adult Social Care Reform programme was launched on Wednesday at the Social Work Scotland conference. You can find out all about the programme here and see the programme framework here. At SDSS we are delighted to see the reform programme being launched, and are very hopeful that it will bring the opportunity to […]