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SDS Storytelling films.

New Storytelling films have been produced by the SSSC SDS and Integration Team. The film scenarios were co-designed through workshops held in 2018 which involved people from different parts of Scotland. The aim of the workshops was to co-create fictional characters and stories which would be developed to form short storytelling films, which honestly reflect the […]

Defining and developing Community Brokerage in Scotland

A new framework has been launched which sets out a national approach to Community Brokerage services in Scotland. Developed as part of the SDS Improvement plan 2023-2027, A Brokerage Framework for Scotland has been co-produced over the past 18 months with Independent Support Organisations and others across the sector. It sets out the values and […]

Independent Living Research 

  Recent research published on 26th January 2023 on the social care workforce in England with findings and recommendations for PAs: Cominetti, N. (2023) Who cares? The experience of social care workers, and the enforcement of employment rights in the sector. Resolution Foundation. Interesting article drawing on survey data collected from England in pre-COVID-19 times: […]

Research Relating to Personal Assistants

  Leverton, M., Samsi, K., Woolham, J. and Manthrope, J. (2022) ‘I have enough pressure as it is, without the worry of doing something wrong because of ignorance’: The impact of Covid-19 on people who employ social care personal assistants, The British Journal of Social Work, 53(2), pp. 1243–1262. Available: Reid Howie Associates (2010) Study of […]

PA Workforce Survey

In 2022, Self Directed Support Scotland (SDSS) published the findings of its first PA Workforce Survey. The survey results help inform workforce recruitment campaigns and PA development approaches needed to support PAs in Scotland. The survey was repeated in 2023 and the data give a valuable insight into the demographics of hte PA workforce in […]

PA Programme Board Minutes

The minutes from each Board meeting are available once they have been approved at the subsequent Board meeting.   2024 Board Meeting Dates Thursday 14th March, 10:00-12:00 Thursday 27th June, 10:00-12:00 (Open Meeting) Thursday 26th September, 10:00-12:00 Thursday 12th December, 10:00-12:00   Final Minutes  14 December 2023: to be approved by members 28 September 2023: […]

New SDS factsheets for people with neurological conditions

Self Directed Support Scotland has worked with the Neurological Alliance of Scotland to create three new factsheets aimed at helping people with neurological conditions, and their carers, access self-directed support. You can download the factsheets here: Self-Directed Support for adults: Information for Health and Social Care Professionals Self-Directed Support for adults: Information for the Voluntary […]

PA Programme Board Workplan

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PA Programme Board Resources

PA Programme Board Workplan Presentations at Meetings 14 December 2023 Independent Living Fund update, Peter Scott gave an update on the ILF reopening. The Disclosure (Scotland) Act 2020 update, Gareth Wilks gave an update on the PVG scheme becoming mandatory on 1 April 2025 for those undertaking a regulated role. Training Framework update, Emmanuelle Le […]

Useful services and organisations across Dumfries and Galloway

A new app and website has been launched by Third Sector Dumfries and Galloway (TSDG) to help people in the local area find useful services and organisations. DGLocator is available to download on mobile devices and the website version can be accessed here: With over 1000 services featured, the tool showcase the services on […]

Accountability and the Implementation of SDS

Accountability and the Implementation of SDS: Complaints, redress, and human rights principles in practice (October 2021)   In Control Scotland and the University of Strathclyde have published new research exploring complaints processes relating to Self-directed Support in Scotland. The aim of the research was to help understand complaints processes within local authorities, routes to potential […]