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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 […]

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 […]

Annual PA Workforce Survey

In 2022, Self Directed Support Scotland (SDSS) published the findings of its first annual PA Workforce Survey. The survey will help inform workforce recruitment campaigns and PA development approaches needed to support PAs in Scotland. The 2022 report is based on 912 survey responses from PAs across Scotland: Click here to read the first Annual […]

PA Programme Board Minutes

  6 April 2023: Next meeting 12 January 2023: Minutes (to be approved by members) 28 September 2022: Minutes 9 June 2022: Minutes 31 March 2022: Minutes 27 January 2022: Minutes 25 November 2021: Minutes 26 October 2021: Minutes 10 August 2021: Minutes

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   Reports PA Programme Board Report , 25 November 2021   Outcome maps Outcome mapping presentation , 26 October 2021 Outcome mapping presentation , 25 November 2021   Presentations Presentation for Open Meeting 29.06.2023, Overview of the work of the PA Programme Board, 29 June 2023 PA Workforce Survey 2023 – June 2023, Analysis […]

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 […]

Equality Advisory Support Service

Equality Advisory Support Service (EASS) Helpline on Equality and Human Rights The helpline advises and assists individuals on issues relating to equality and human rights, across England, Scotland and Wales. They can also accept referrals from organisations which, due to capacity or funding issues, are unable to provide ‘in depth help and support’ to local […]