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New Support in the Right Direction (2021) grants announced

Scottish Government today announced the successful applicants to the Support in the Right Direction 2021 (SiRD2021) programme. SIRD2021 will fund 31 projects delivering direct and local independent support across 31 local authority areas, to help people and carers make informed decisions and plans for their social care and work towards maximising their choice, control and flexibility over those arrangements.

From October 2018 to March 2021 over £7.2 million will be invested in projects, who will work alongside relevant local authorities, to ensure that more people across Scotland who require social care are engaged, informed, included and empowered to make choices about their support. A full list of successful applicants to SiRD2021 can be found here: SiRD2021 Funded Organisations

The announcement took place at current Support in the Right Direction project Lothian Centre for Inclusive Living (LCiL). During a visit, Scottish Government officials met with service users, hearing personal stories of the support they have received – and given others – on how to navigate Scotland’s social care system.

LCiL is a user-led organisation that supports disabled people, people with long-term conditions, older people, and parents and carers across Edinburgh and the Lothians to live more independently. Since 2015 the Scottish Government’s Support in the Right Direction Fund has enabled LCiL to deliver workshops and facilitate one-to-one and group peer support to help more people have the skills, confidence and resilience to plan for the life they want to live and be more in control of the care they receive.

Inspiring Scotland has worked with Scottish Government since 2015 as the strategic delivery partner for the Support in the Right Direction and Innovation Funds and worked alongside Scottish Government and SDS Scotland, in the administration and management of the SiRD2021 application process.  The announcement today is the culmination of work done over the last eight months to take learning from previous funding rounds and consult with the sector and local authority stakeholders to build this new programme of work.

Find out about current funded projects.

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