It is the first anniversary of the Self-directed Support (SDS) Act, which aims to offer individuals, carers and families greater flexibility, choice and control over the support services they receive. SDS Awareness Week 2015 is hosting a range of events throughout Scotland to raise the profile of the new Act.
Over the last year, people across Scotland have been able to use their SDS package to purchase goods or services to improve the quality of their and their families’ lives – from building a craft studio to accessing mentoring and one-to-one support.
The Daily Choice, an SDS Awareness Week publication, presents several case studies of people finding creative ways to use the SDS package to improve their daily lives. Jamie Hepburn MSP believes that Scotland is starting to see a change with “greater choice, flexibility and control for individuals and carers who need support.” His ambition is for more people to embrace the Act’s principles of “dignity, empowerment, collaboration, creativity and innovation” so that greater numbers are empowered to live their lives independently at home, at work, and in the community.
If you want to find out more about how you might benefit from engagement with the SDS Act, read the Daily Choice for details of information events happening next week near you.