Skip to Content
Skip to Navigation

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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

People with Learning Disabilities’ Experiences of SDS

Scottish Learning Disability Week (10 – 16 May 2021), is a chance to focus attention on the lives of people with learning/ intellectual disabilities in Scotland. It is a chance to raise awareness of issues and inequalities, achievements and talents. The week matters because there are over 125,000 people in Scotland who have learning/intellectual disabilities, […]

Read More

Donald Macleod joins IRISS FM to discuss My Support, My Choice

A new podcast on My Support, My Choice featuring SDSS Chief Executive, Donald Macleod and Lucy Mulvagh, Director of Policy and Communications at the ALLIANCE, is now available. As part of Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland’s Digital Gathering, Donald and Lucy joined IRISS FM to discuss SDS in Scotland. The podcast focuses on the […]

Read More

LGBT+ People’s Experiences of SDS

This LGBT+ History Month (February 2021), it’s important we recognise LGBT+ people’s experiences of Self-directed Support (SDS) and how to improve them. My Support, My Choice As part of our ‘My Support, My Choice’ research project, we heard from a range of disabled people and people living with long term conditions who are LGBT+. Accessing […]

Read More

Time to Talk Day 2021

Our mental health is as important as our physical health and, now more than ever, conversations must be had to help reduce stigma and support those with poor mental health.   Following the publication of “My Support, My Choice: People with Mental Health Problems’ Experiences of Self-directed Support and Social Care”, we know that stigma […]

Read More

Webinar Wednesday

Join our Chief Executive, Donald Macleod, on Wednesday (13 January) as he chats with the team at In Control Scotland about Self-Directed Support and the findings from the My Support, My Choice research. As part of In Control Scotland’s weekly webinar, Donald and project partner Lucy Mulvagh, from the ALLIANCE, will be live to answer […]

Read More

My Support, My Choice – Marginalised groups’ experiences of Self-directed Support

  New reports highlight the need for a more robust system of SDS for marginalised groups    Following the release of the national ‘My Support, My Choice’ report in October 2020, Self Directed Support Scotland and the Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (the ALLIANCE) have now launched a suite of thematic reports focused on the experiences of different population groups accessing Self-directed Support (SDS) / social care.   These reports explore the experiences of:  […]

Read More

My Support, My Choice thematic reports

Between November 2018 and February 2020, over 600 people who received Self-directed Support (SDS) in Scotland – or had been assessed in the previous 12 months – took part in the largest direct consultation of SDS to date.  Below, you’ll find the suite of thematic reports focused on the experiences of different population groups accessing Self-directed Support (SDS) / social care.   People with Learning Disabilities’ Experiences of Self-directed Support and Social Care     […]

Read More

Reflecting on our 2020 AGM: Paving the way

This year, in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, our AGM went virtual with over 80 members (and non-members) joining us on the day.  The event, on Thursday 12 November, was an opportunity to discuss the work of Self Directed Support Scotland (SDSS) over the last 12 months, highlight key achievements and challenges, and for members to have a say about […]

Read More