Read the latest news on our work and wider social care policy in Scotland.

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3 June 2024

Join our team!

Are you a skilled communicator with a passion for Self-directed Support? If so, you could be who we’re looking for to join our team as Development Support Officer. This is an…

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30 May 2024

Brokerage Award deadline extended

Due to increased interest, the application deadline for this year’s delivery of the Community Brokerage Award has been extended until 14 June 2024. The course, which starts in September 2024…

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18 May 2024

Revised SDS Standards published

Social Work Scotland have announced the publication of the newly revised SDS Standards. The Standards describe what good Self-directed Support looks like, and aim to support best practice and the…

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3 May 2024

Independent Living Fund Scotland re-opens for new applications

On 3 May the Independent Living Fund (ILF) Scotland officially re-opened for new applications. The ILF provides funding support for disabled people in Scotland, and it is hoped that in…

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26 April 2024

Recommendations made for better information around SDS for people with sensory impairments

The ALLIANCE have published a report on people’s experiences of accessible information around Self-directed Support. The research looked at experiences of accessing information about SDS for people who are Deaf,…

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16 April 2024

Funding announced for independent support

New funding has been announced that will enable people in Scotland who use social care, and their carers, to access independent support, information, advice and advocacy. The Support in the…

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28 March 2024

Applications open for Community Brokerage Award 2024-25

Applications are now open for the next delivery of the Community Brokerage Award, running from September 2024 to June 2025. The award is a certified course, worth 30 credits at SCQF…

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27 March 2024

Defining and developing Community Brokerage in Scotland

A new framework has been launched which sets out a national approach to Community Brokerage services in Scotland. Developed as part of the SDS Improvement plan 2023-2027, A Brokerage Framework for Scotland has…

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26 March 2024

National plan sets out roadmap to improve training for Personal Assistant Employers and PAs

A new national plan has set out what needs to happen in Scotland to improve access to training for people who employ Personal Assistants.   The plan is about the training…

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18 March 2024

A new home for Personal Assistant vacancies in Scotland

My Job Scotland is Scotland’s job website for the public and third sector, and one of the most visited recruitment sites in Scotland. And now, it’s also home to a dedicated…

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27 February 2024

Have you had help to sort out your social care support? 

Complete the By My Side survey now:   We are doing a research project called By My Side, all about the support people get when they need help to…

The Personal Assistant Workforce Survey 2023 report


15 February 2024

Latest Personal Assistant workforce survey findings published 

  The findings of the second Personal Assistant workforce survey have been published, giving an insight into the PA workforce in Scotland, what motivates and challenges them. Almost 800 PAs…