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Join the Team – SDSS are recruiting!

SDSS are recruiting a Communications Manager! Communications Manager (CE24) Full time or part time, up to  £33,500 Closing date Monday, Jun 27, 09:30 Our new Communications Manager will have confidence in creating and delivering our communication strategy across a wide range of events and media, and to diverse audiences. Could this be you?  You will […]

Report is out: First Annual Personal Assistant Workforce Survey

Thank you to everyone who responded to the first annual Personal Assistant (PA) survey. The online survey, responded to by 912 people across every Scottish local authority area which was an amazing outcome in itself, was created to help inform workforce recruitment campaigns and PA development approaches needed to support PAs in Scotland. This first […]

Personal Assistant Newsletter June 2022

Download this PA Programme Newsletter – June 2022 Editor’s welcome Donald Macleod, Chief Executive, SDSS This is the second of a series of newsletters to let you know about the exciting work that is going on in relation to your roles as Personal Assistants. This work is being led by a Scottish Government board, the […]

Personal Assistant Newsletter March 2022

Download The Personal Assistant Newsletter March 2022 Editor’s welcome Donald Macleod, Chief Executive, SDSS This is the first of a series of newsletters to let you know about some exciting work that is going on in relation to your roles as Personal Assistants. This work is being led by a Scottish Government board, the PA Programme […]

Minister Letter: PA Programme Board Actions

A letter from the Minister for Mental Wellbeing and Social Care Kevin Stewart MSP outlining PA Programme Board actions went out today to the 5,000 strong cohort of Personal Assistants who received a thank you payment for services during pandemic lockdown.   The Letter The letter which you can read here introduces the work of […]

New listing for Personal Assistants Jobs across Scotland

A new opportunity to advertise PA roles across Scotland My Job Scotland have now created a listing for Personal Assistant jobs across Scotland that are being advertised by local organisations. If you are a group or organisation that advertises PA roles in your area, you can ask to have your details added to the My […]

Protecting the Rights of Disabled People in Ukraine

The Scottish Independent Living Coalition (SILC) highlights the needs of disabled people in Ukraine There are approximately 3 million disabled people in Ukraine. Reports are highlighting that disabled people are finding it difficult to access a safe means of evacuation and shelter. To ensure that disabled people in Ukraine are protected, SILC believes that all […]

Conclusion of My Support My Choice Research: People’s Experiences of Social Care in Scotland

Publication of final Research Report on people’s experiences in Highland The My Support My Choice research project concludes with the publication of the Highland Report today, which you can see here: https://www.sdsscotland.org.uk/conclusion-of-my-support-my-choice/ People in Highland generally reported that SDS had improved their social care experience and have shared examples of good practice from across the […]

End of year message 2021

2021 has seen a significant shift in future planning and consultation, in a time of crisis overshadowed by the ongoing pandemic. I am immensely grateful to and proud of the efforts that our members and representatives of the Independent Living Movement made in contributing to a solution-focused approach to strategic issues such as the administration […]

Welcoming our new Trustees

At our AGM, on Tuesday 30 November 2021, six new Trustees were voted on to our Board. Our new Trustees have committed to giving up their own time to work together to make important decisions about SDSS. They’ve agreed to abide by the fundamental values that underpin all the activity of SDSS: Accountability Integrity and […]