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Privacy notice. Independent Support: COVID-19 response survey. 

SDSS and Inspiring Scotland have come together for a joint project, as we want to demonstrate the vital role Independent Support Organisations have played throughout the COVID-19 crisis.. Legal basis for processing your Personal Data While we are not intending to collect any personal data as survey respondents are already known to us (see SDSS Legitimate Interests) we may […]

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New Scottish Government COVID-19 guidance on SDS Option 1 and Option 2.

    Scottish Government have now published COVID-19 guidance on Option 1 and Option 2 for Local Authorities and Health and Social Care Partnerships. This document will soon be accompanied by a series of FAQs aimed directly at those using Option 1 or 2. They will be available on the Social Work Scotland website here […]

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‘Connecting Scotland’- new programme to support those who are digitally excluded.

On 7th May 2020, Communities Secretary Aileen Campbell announced a new £5 million programme will offer an internet connection, training and support, and a laptop or tablet to vulnerable people who are not already online during the response to coronavirus (COVID-19). Full information about the ‘Connecting Scotland’ programme can be found here. This programme delivered […]

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UN Rights of Disabled People, COVID-19 guidance

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, The UN have published guidance on the Rights of Disabled People. This guidence aims to do the following: bring awareness of the pandemic’s impact on persons with disabilities and their rights; draw attention to some promising practices already being undertaken around the world; identify key actions for States […]

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New Inquiry launched: ‘ The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on equalities and human rights.’

    On April 27th 2020 Scottish Parliament’s Equalities and Human Rights Committee launched a COVID-19 Inquiry which seeks to identify the evidence that some groups of people are experiencing disproportionately negative impacts of the coronavirus, and by some of the measures taken to deal with it. This Inquiry is open for responses until January […]

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GDA ‘Covid-Resilience’ interim findings show that disabled people are left behind.

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis the team at Glasgow Disability Alliance (GDA) has been conducting outreach to understand the impact that COVID-19, and resulting measures, are having on disabled people. So far this has included: letters and surveys to 5000+ disabled people; wellbeing phone calls to 1550; in-depth survey completed by 1177; and […]

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SILC Call for immediate action.

The Scottish Independent Living Coalition (SILC) of Disabled People’s Organisations have released an urgent call for action which addresses the rights of Disabled People throughout this time of crisis. As a member of SILC, SDSS are proud to support this statement which addresses vital action needed. Read the call for action in full here.  

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SDS Collective COVID-19 call for action.

    The SDS Collective have published a call for action to ensure that throughout these times of crisis the values and principles of Self-directed Support are maintained. Read the statement is full here.

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Social Care staff to receive Real Living Wage.

  On Sunday the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport, Jeane Freeman, announced a new agreement between Scottish Government and COSLA which means that all adult social care staff should now receive the Real Living Wage of £9.30 per hour, with immediate effect. She further clarified that this applies to: ‘All hours worked including sleepovers […]

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Goodbye and Good Luck Jess!

    As many of you are now aware our fantastic manager, Jess Wade, will soon be leaving SDSS after 8 years at the organisation. The team at SDSS will miss her dearly, Jess is truly a pleasure to work with, and is a compassionate, extremely capable leader. She will take on a new role […]

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