Self-directed Support empowers people to be equal partners in their care and support decisions and to participate fully in all aspects of life. The Support in the Right Direction (SiRD) programme provides local independent support, advice and advocacy in line with Scottish Government’s vision for Self-directed Support.
Independent support is integral to social care and without it, care users and carers would struggle to access the support they need and make use of it in the way they would like.
With expertise in self-directed support and a good knowledge of local resources, independent support organisations ensure a person-centred approach and respond flexibly to individual circumstances. They work with people at every stage of their social care journey and provide direct, end-to-end, independent support for all social care user groups. This support includes personal outcome and social care planning, putting plans into action and providing support to manage a social care package, as well as providing social care information provision.
We believe everyone should have control over their own life. Some people need additional support and care and require help to make important decisions and exercise that control.
The SiRD funding programme was launched by the Scottish Government in 2018 with the aim of increasing the delivery of independent support for people who need social care.
The purpose of independent support is to help people and carers make informed decisions and plans for their social care and maximise their choice and control over those arrangements using self-directed support (SDS) options. Independent support plays a key role in the delivery of social care and without it many people would struggle to access the support they need and make use of it in the way they would like.
Inspiring Scotland is the strategic delivery partner for the programme and works with funded projects to provide support ranging from strategic engagement with the local context, sharing learning and relationship building through peer networking.
Currently, 29 organisations across 31 local authority areas in Scotland are funded by Scottish Government until March 2024 through the SiRD programme.
This map shows the areas where SiRD-funded projects currently provide support.
The application deadline for SiRD 2024-27 was 15 September 2023.
The latest ‘Support in the Right Direction’ progress update is now available. This report covers work carried out in the six-month period October 2022 to March 2023.Read the report
We are pleased to share our Annual Report 22/23 providing an overview of the work undertaken to deliver on our strategic priorities and mission to improve the lives of people across Scotland. We supported over 700 organisations across 16 funding programmes worth over £50m. As well as new funding opportunities being created, nine of ourRead More
At Inspiring Scotland, we are very aware of the pressure that the increased cost-of living is having on people and the funded charities we support. Throughout Autumn 2022 our fund teams gathered and shared information from portfolio partners about: How concerned they are about cost-of-living crisis for people they support, their organisations, their staff andRead More
Funding for 31 third sector projects in social care has been extended to March 2022 with the announcement of an additional £2.9 million in Scottish Government backing. Inspiring Scotland’s ‘Support in the Right Direction’ programme was initially funded until March 2021 with the organisations receiving funding providing information, advice and advocacy for people accessingRead More
Inspiring Scotland’s Annual Report 22/23 provides an overview of the work undertaken to deliver on strategic priorities and mission to improve the lives of people across Scotland. In the period we supported over 700 organisations across 16 funding programmes worth over £50m. As well as new funding opportunities being created, nine of programmes provided vitalRead More
The Support in the Right Direction (SiRD) programme provides local independent support, advice and advocacy in line with the Scottish Government’s vision for Self-directed Support. Independent support is integral to social care and without it, care users and carers would struggle to access the support they need and make use of it in the wayRead More
The Support in the Right Direction (SiRD) programme provides local independent support, advice and advocacy in line with Scottish Government’s vision for Self-directed Support. This report has been produced using the progress reports provided by projects on a six-monthly basis and covers the period April 2022 to September 2022. It highlights some of the outcomesRead More
Advocacy Orkney provides the local community with SDS advocacy services, enabling them to participate fully in their assessment process and make informed decisions about their SDS options and rights. This also involves supporting a client to increase their confidence, ability to speak up, to be active contributors to their lives as opposed to passive recipientsLearn More
Braemar Care provides a service identifying and linking vulnerable and elderly people living in Braemar with local carers to employ, to support them to live independently. It also uses volunteers to deliver preventative services to promote independence and deliver workshops and surgeries to promote Self-directed Support.Learn More
Capability Scotland provides advice and support in Dumfries and Galloway on self-directed support and social care. This includes support to recruit PAs and any ongoing support required, maintaining a database of PAs seeking employment, advising employers on indemnity cover, providing support with direct payments awards and raising awareness of self-directed support in the community.Learn More
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