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Self-directed Support

Helping people to have choice and control over their lives.

Self-directed Support empowers people to be equal partners in their care and support decisions and to participate fully in all aspects of life.

Engaged, informed and included.

We believe everyone should have control over their own life. Some people need additional support and care to lead an independent life and require help to be empowered to make important decisions about their life.

Self-direct Support allows people to decide what matters to them, and helps carers and care organisations to design innovative projects and programmes to assist people to live a more independent life.

Scottish Government’s Self-directed Support Strategy allows people, carers and families to make informed choices about what their social care support is, how it is delivered and by whom.

Self-directed Support implements the principles and values of fairness, independence, freedom, safety, involvement, collaboration, informed choice, participation and dignity enshrined in the Social Care (Self-direct Support) (Scotland) Act 2013.

Inspiring Scotland is supporting the performance management, monitoring and evaluation of the Scottish Government’s Self-Directed Support Funds:  Support in the Right Direction, which builds the capacity and availability of independent support services, and the Innovation Fund, which supports innovation and develops the capacity of providers to support people using Self-directed Support.


active projects.


people informed about SDS services.


progressed towards personal outcomes and live the life they want to. live.


local authorities covered.


What is Self-directed Support?

Find out more about the different ways Self-directed Support can work and what services are available.

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Self-directed Support Innovation Fund

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Support in the Right Direction

Download the latest progress report covering developments in the Support in Right Direction Fund. Download the report

Case study

New friendships changed Jackie's life

Like many individuals living with a learning disability, Jackie spent a lot of time at home or with family. Joining Dates n’ Mates Renfrewshire and getting to meet new people has changed her life.

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Self-directed Support

Portfolio of charities

Advocacy Service Aberdeen
Self-directed Support

Advocacy Service Aberdeen

Advocacy Service Aberdeen (ASA) provides free and confidential independent advocacy for people resident in Aberdeen. ASA helps people take more control of their lives and actively participate in decision making, helping them to know and understand their rights and the situation that they are in; to consider the options that are available to them; express

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Argyll and Bute Third Sector Interface
Self-directed Support

Argyll and Bute Third Sector Interface

Argyll and Bute Third Sector Interface (TSI) supports communities and individuals to thrive; to alleviate inequality and deprivation, and improve the skills, health and well-being of people in Argyll and Bute. The TSI has a role representing communities and third sector organisations. The TSI supports, informs and champions the interests of volunteers, communities and individuals

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Ayrshire Independent Living Network (AiLN)
Self-directed Support

Ayrshire Independent Living Network (AiLN)

Ayrshire Independent Living Network (AILN) is a peer-led charity which initially grew from a group of disabled people who wanted to see a change in the way that community care services were offered to people. When direct payments were first introduced in 2003, they were keen to promote this as an option for independent living.

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