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Welcome to the In Control Scotland website.

Our aim is to support the development of a sustainable system of self-directed support in Scotland where people are in control of and able to direct the – how, when, in what way and by whom – they are supported.

We hope you find the resources and information on our website helpful. We intend to keep adding to and updating the site over time with further and new resources.

Sample Fest 2018

Sample Fest will be taking place at Mono, 12 King Street, Glasgow on Thursday, 20th September 2018, 2.00 pm – 5.00 pm.  This event will be an opportunity for you to hear live bands presented by Kor Records, talk to ‘Dates-n-mates’, ‘IncludeMe2’ and others about the events they hold and clubs they run, find out more about ‘Stay Up Late’ and ‘Gig Buddies’ and much more…..For more information about this event or to confirm your place, contact Martin Frater on 07425 692 284 or email

ICS Summer Newsletter

We have had a busy few months here at In Control Scotland over the last few months working together with others to help people to be in control and live the lives they want.  We have launched the Individual Service Funds paper,  welcomed visitors from Finland, Greece and Italy and saw another 32 participants graduate for the Partners in Policymaking programme as well as being involved in many other projects.  Check out our latest newsletter to hear about what we have been up to.


Partners in Policymaking

Partners in Policymaking Programme 2018 – 2019

We are delighted to announce that the application pack for the next Partners in Policymaking programme is now available.  The programme will be commencing in November 2018 and run through to May 2019 and will be taking place at the Stirling Court Hotel in Stirling.  To find out all about the Partners in Policymaking programme and how to apply click here.

Individual Service Funds – A Guide to Making Self-Directed Support Work for Everyone

On 21st March 2018 we launched our ‘Individual Service Funds (ISF’s) a guide to making Self-Directed Support work for everyone’ paper.  The paper was written by Sam Smith, CEO C-Change Scotland and Frances Brown an independent consultant on behalf of In Control Scotland and the Centre for Welfare Reform in association with Citizen Network.

The aim of this guide is to promote inclusion and social justice through greater understanding of the benefits of the creative use of Individual Service Funds.

Approximately 60 people attended the launch and had the opportunity to listen to some of our fabulous speakers talk about self-directed support and how we are all working together to help people be in control and live the life’s they want.  To download a copy of the paper, click here.

You can download a copy of the presentations from the day here:

Individual Service Funds Launch Combined Presentations- Keith Etherington, In Control Scotland, Karen Geekie, Self Directed Support Team, The Scottish Government, Zoe McGuire, Audit Scotland, ~Dee Fraser, CCPS


Making Self-Directed Support Work for Everyone – Sam Smith & Frances Brown


Making Self-Directed Support Work for Everyone Presentation 2-  Sam Smith & Frances Brown