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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 […]

SDS Improvement Plan 2023 – 2027: SDSS Member Consultation Sessions

Start date: January 25, 2023
End date: February 3, 2023
Time: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location: Online via Zoom
Members event
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Developing the new SDS Improvement Plan for 2023 – 2027 A new strategic plan is being developed to improve the implementation of Self-Directed Support in Scotland.  Since the passing of the Self-Directed Support (Scotland) Act in 2013 and the accompanying strategy, several multi-year Implementation Plans have been in place to drive forward SDS implementation.   As […]

EASS logo - tagline "working together, achieving equality"

An online Workshop on Equalities and Discrimination The Equality Advisory Support Service (EASS) run a Helpline which advises and assists individuals on issues relating to equality and human rights, across England, Scotland and Wales. This workshop is open to SDS Scotland members, as well as having some limited tickets for people using Self-directed Support and […]

Members consultation: Independent Review of Inspection, Scrutiny and Regulation in Social Care

Date: December 21, 2022
Time: 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Location: Online via Zoom
Members event
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Share your views on Inspection, Scrutiny and Regulation in Social Care The Independent Review of Inspection, Scrutiny and Regulation (IRISR) was announced on 23rd September 2022. The IRISR will make recommendations to ensure that social care support services are the best that they can be for those that use them and work within them. IRISR […]

Dream, Plan, Live! Learn more about Person Centred Planning

Date: December 8, 2022
Time: 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Location: Online via Zoom
Danielle, a woman with pink hair in a wheelchair. She is wearing a T shirt with a cartoon of herself on it

The DREAM, PLAN, LIVE Programme: Provides disabled people and their families with Person Centred Planning support delivered from a lived experience perspective in a unique and innovative way Assists disabled people and their families in exploring what an ‘ordinary life’ looks like for them Removes the barriers that disabled people often face Enables disabled people […]

Self Directed Support and High Support Needs

Date: November 30, 2022
Time: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Location: Online via Zoom
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This workshop will look at how Self Directed Support relates to meeting the needs of people with very high support needs. This will include: Looking at different scenarios like older people who need a high level of support to stay in their own home and don’t want to move into residential accommodation, but where they […]


Date: November 28, 2022
Time: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Location: Online via Zoom
An illustration with the text 'Progress through Partnership, Self Directed Support Scotland AGM 2022' and an image of strands of rope weaving together into an arrow

Self Directed Support Scotland’s AGM will be taking place on: Monday 28 November 2022 10am – 3pm Online via Zoom Programme for the day 10.00 am – Self Directed Support Scotland’s AGM SDSS Members are invited to join us to hear about our work over the past year, our accounts, and approve the election of […]

Personal Assistant and PA Employer Handbook information sessions – East Lothian

Start date: October 13, 2022
End date: October 18, 2022
Time: 11:00 am
Location: Online via Zoom
A screenshot of the PA & PAE Handbook website

There is brand new online resource now available to Personal Assistants and PA Employers across Scotland – the Personal Assistant and Personal Assistant Employer Handbook. SDSS and Carers of East Lothian are hosting information sessions to support carers to navigate the resource and seek guidance on topics related to the employment of Personal Assistants. The resource […]

Future Information & Support for PA Employers and PAs in Skye and Lochalsh

Start date: October 6, 2022
End date: October 12, 2022
Time: 11:00 am
Location: Online via Zoom
A screenshot of the PA & PAE Handbook website

We know that being a Personal Assistant Employer enables many people to choose the right people to support them to live life in the way they would like to. We also know that this comes with a certain amount of responsibility and challenges for PA Employers in recruiting PAs. We are also aware that Personal […]