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The Good Self-Directed Support Project

Wednesday 31st July 2019

This project is a collaboration between the University of Stirling's Department of Social Policy and Criminology, Disability Research on Independent Living and Learning (DRILL), Glasgow Centre for Inclusive Living (GCIL), and the National Lottery Community Fund.

Self-directed Support was formally introduced in Scotland on 1 April, 2014, and emanated from the enforcement of the Social Care (Self-directed Support) (Scotland), Act, 2013. This gives people receiving social care services in Scotland the right to have the choice, control and flexibility, to meet their personal outcomes. In addition, local authorities are legally bound to a duty to ensure that clients are presented with a range of choices with regard to how they receive their social care and support package.

The project aims to:

  • Find out what is important to disabled people and those who support them.
  • Find out the support they need to live fulfilled lives; support disabled people to be equal citizens, and to fully participate in their local community.
  • Improve the way SDS works by asking disabled people, and those who support them, about their experiences and how they think SDS could be improved.
  • Establish the costs and benefits of social care and support for families, the community and wider society.

In order to better understand what good support looks like the project is looking for people who use Self-directed Support (SDS), or who would like to, and carers of people who use SDS, to participate in some focus groups. These focus groups would be formed of five or six individuals who receive or would like to receive SDS, or indeed individuals who care for a disabled person. These individuals would be invited to chat about their experiences of Self-directed Support for a period of no more than an hour. Participants will be provided with expenses for travel, any personal assistant, advocate and/or interpreter costs. Any information gathered via this process would be very valuable to the project. If you would like to take part please visit

The project team has also developed a survey which looks at the impact of the support that disabled people have. This can also be accessed via the above website. If you would like to find out more about SDS please visit

If you would like to discuss the research with someone, please contact: Prof. Kirstein Rummery (Principal Investigator):; Dr. Siabhainn Russell (Researcher): or Julia Lawrence (Researcher):

If you wish to speak to someone independent, please contact Professor Alison Bowes (Dean of the faculty of Social Sciences):

If you would like to find out more, please come along to the next meeting of Angus Carers Voice Network (ACVN) on Tuesday 24 October 2019.