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Making caring visible and valued

This week (7 – 13 June 2021) is Carers Week and an opportunity to raise awareness of caring, highlight challenges faced by unpaid carers and recognise the contribution they make throughout the country. With new challenges due to the coronavirus pandemic, many people are taking on more caring responsibilities for their friends and family. It’s […]

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Help shape our AGM

Help shape our AGM In November 2020, we welcomed over 80 members (and non-members) to our Annual General Meeting (AGM). The online event was an opportunity to discuss the work of Self Directed Support Scotland (SDSS) over the past 12 months, highlight key achievements and challenges, and for members to have a say about the […]

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COVID-19 – Social care worker death in service payment

The Scottish Government has improved the guidance and claim process for their COVID-19 Social care worker death in service payment. In July 2020, the Scottish Government published details of the Coronavirus social care worker death in service payment, however the process for applying was not as efficient as it could be. The scheme provides a […]

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Scottish Government pledge to deliver National Care Service

It is promising to see the Scottish Government commit to creating a National Care Service as recommended in the Feeley review (Independent Review of Adult Social Care in Scotland). The National Care Service is set to oversee the delivery of care, improve standards, ensure enhanced pay and conditions for workers and provide better support for […]

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Equally Valued: Equally Connected – ALLIANCE Annual Conference

You can now register for a series of online events as part of the Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland’s (ALLIANCE) annual conference, Equally Valued: Equally Connected. From 7 – 11 June 2021, the ALLIANCE’s week-long annual conference provides time and space to come together to reflect and discuss key issues. This year’s themes include: […]

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Dementia Awareness Week 2021

For Dementia Awareness Week 2021, Alzheimer Scotland is reflecting on the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on people living with dementia, their families and carers. From Monday 31 May until Sunday 6 June 2021, the charity that works to make sure nobody faces dementia alone in Scotland, will be exploring ‘Hidden voices, Hidden impact, […]

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Scottish Government bonus for Personal Assistants (PAs) – progress update

The Scottish Government has provided an update on the Personal Assistant (PA) bonus. You can read the letter to PAs here.  The Scottish Government has published answers to Frequently Asked Questions asked by health and social care staff which includes updated details on eligibility. Further updates will be published to the FAQs page as and […]

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Mental health, inclusion and social care

You’re invited to explore mental health, inclusion and social care at the ALLIANCE’s annual conference this June. The experiences of people with lived experience of mental health issues in relation to Self-directed Support (SDS) will be explored as part of the Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland’s (ALLIANCE) annual conference on 10 June 2021. Dr […]

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Consultation on funding for independent support sector

Inspiring Scotland is looking for your thoughts on the priorities for funding within the independent support sector. Through their consultation, they aim to gather views on SiRD and the funding of independent support and identify any gaps in provision. New funding for independent support, subject to decisions by Scottish Ministers later this year, will not […]

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Self-directed support: ten years on

Iriss, a charity working to improve the quality of social services, has released a new insight report on Self-directed Support (SDS). It has been ten years since the Scottish Government produced the first national strategy for SDS and ‘Self-directed support: ten years on’ explores the background to the development of SDS in Scotland, summarises the […]

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