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Post-legislative scrutiny of SDS legislation – sessions for SDSS members

Start date: December 11, 2023
End date: December 19, 2023
Time: 3:00 pm
Location: Online via Teams
Members event
A magnifying glass hovering over a book, focusing on the word 'law'

  The Scottish Parliament’s Health, Social Care and Sport Committee is undertaking an inquiry into how well the Self-directed Support legislation has worked since it came into force in April 2014. SDS Scotland would like to hear from our members what you believe it’s important for the inquiry to understand about SDS. Please join us […]

SDS National Voice 2024

Date: March 28, 2024
Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location: Edinburgh International Conference Centre
Open to all
SDS National Voice 2024 Edinburgh International Conference Centre (with online attendance options) Thursday 28 March 2024

  SDS National Voice is Scotland’s only national conference dedicated to Self-Directed Support. In 2024 we’ll be returning to the Edinburgh International Conference Centre for an in-person event, giving attendees the chance to network and make connections across the sector. Plenary sessions will be live-streamed to those who prefer to attend online, with the option […]


Past Events


Date: November 15, 2023
Time: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Location: Online via Teams
Open to all
SDS Scotland AGM 2023 Wednesday 15 November, SDSS logo and three coloured speech bubbles

Join us for our Annual General Meeting to hear about our work over the past year, our current projects, and keynote presentations from across the sector. SDSS members will also hear about our annual accounts and have the chance to vote on our Board members. And we’ll have a range of interactive workshops to explore […]

Applying Eligibility Criteria to people’s Individual Circumstances

Date: November 8, 2023
Time: 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Location: Online on Zoom
Members event

A workshop looking at Applying SDS Eligibility Criteria This workshop will give people the opportunity to explore the meaning of eligibility criteria and look at how this is applied to someone’s assessment of need. The workshop will cover areas such as: What the different categories for eligibility criteria actually mean in practise (eg critical, substantial, […]

Self Directed Support, Guardianship and Power of Attorney: A workshop to explore potential issues

Date: October 18, 2023
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: Online on Zoom
Members event | Open to all
An elderly woman holds a piece of paperwork while another woman explains something to her

This workshop aims to explore some real life examples of issues that may arise for anyone who is a Guardian or holds Power Of Attorney (POA), or is thinking about this. We will explore updated SDS Guidance to see how this affects the Guardian and POA role. Areas to be covered include: Including relevant powers […]

Underspending an SDS Budget: What can people do?

Date: September 6, 2023
Time: 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Location: Online on Zoom
Members event
A man uses a calculator and writes in a notebook with the other hand

A workshop looking at issues relating to the underspending of an SDS budget This workshop will explore the issue of underspent SDS budgets and how people can approach their Local Authority to discuss their use. It will also look at how people can exercise choice and control and request changes to the use of their […]

Research into older disabled people and stigma – information sessions

Date: September 5, 2023
Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: Online on Zoom
Members event | Open to all
A man uses a calculator and writes in a notebook with the other hand

Community based Peer Researchers wanted for a Stirling University Research Project – Free Information Sessions The University of Stirling are undertaking a 3 year research project looking at the effects of stigma on older disabled people. The central aim of the project is to tackle stigma related to age, disability and place (as stigma can […]

Personal Assistant Programme Board – open meeting

Date: June 29, 2023
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: Online via Teams
Open to all
PA Employer in a workshop with his PA standing by machinery

The Personal Assistant Programme Board brings together Personal Assistants and Employers, Scottish Government, Independent Support Organisations and others, with the shared aim of ensuring the integration of PAs into the overall social care workforce.

Developing a National Direct Payment Model Agreement – the role and views of Independent Support Organisations

Start date: May 25, 2023
End date: May 26, 2023
Time: 10:30 am - 3:00 pm
Location: Online
Members event
Direct Payments SWS SDSS (May 2023)

Direct Payments (SDS Option 1) and Employing Personal Assistants – What is working well and what can we build on? Social Work Scotland and SDSS would like to invite SDSS members to an online event about Direct Payments and Employing Personal Assistants. Social Work Scotland’s SDS Team is leading on the development of a national […]

SDS National Voice 2023: Harnessing Momentum

Date: March 22, 2023
Time: 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Location: Online via Zoom Events
Open to all
A purple square wit the text SDS National Voice 2023 Harnessing Momentum, #sdsnv23, SDSS logo and multi coloured arrows

SDS National Voice is Scotland’s national conference dedicated to Self-Directed Support. This year’s theme is Harnessing Momentum, reflecting the work taking place across the sector to deliver genuine choice and control for people accessing social care support by improving the delivery of SDS. At a crucial time for social care planning in Scotland, the focus […]

PA Employer and PA Handbook: making use of the new resource in the Highlands

Start date: March 8, 2023
End date: March 16, 2023
Time: 11:00 am
Location: Online via Zoom
Open to all
PAE PA Handbook 1

SDS Scotland have worked in partnership with our member organisations and PA Employers and Personal Assistants from across Scotland, to develop this online resource. If you are thinking about employing a PA, or working in social care as a PA, this is the resource for you. If you’re a Social Worker discussing Option 1 of SDS with people, this is the resource to look at.

Exploring the newly updated SDS Statutory Guidance

Start date: February 7, 2023
End date: February 9, 2023
Time: 11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Location: Online
Members event
A diagram showing the supported person's journey to getting Self-Directed Support

Updated SDS Statutory Guidance – information sessions for SDSS members The Scottish Government published the updated SDS Statutory Guidance on 21st November 2022. You can see the newly updated Guidance here: The Guidance has incorporated a number of recent developments, as well as others that have occurred over the last eight years, including: The […]