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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.

Clear Your Head Campaign

We continue to support the Scottish Government’s Clear Your Head campaign.  A new TV advert has been released this week, focused on helping ease feelings of worry and anxiety that people may be experiencing after making a huge effort to stay at home, reassuring people that what they’re feeling is okay.   You can view the advert here:

You can find lots of hints and tips on the things people can do to feel calmer on the Scottish Government website at you can also find lots of resources and support offered by other organisations.

Webinar Wednesday’s

Our weekly webinar discussions on the In Control Scotland facebook page have been going well.  We have had some fantastic guests join us and some great questions and chat from all our viewers.  Our webinars will take place every  Wednesday at 11.00 am and we would be delighted if you could join us in our weekly sessions, where we will be having a general look at how people are coping with the changes due to Covid-19, and discussing what is important for people right now!  You will be able to ask questions in the comments section, which we will answer during the webinar.  For further details and how to join the webinar check out our facebook page.

Feelgood Friday’s

Feelgood Friday’s is a video chat, which will be taking place every Friday at 1.00 pm, giving people a chance for an inclusive space to catch up and share ideas.  The chat will be facilitated by Alastair Minty from In Control Scotland.  If you would like to join us, please email us: or call Alastair on 07388397074 for further information and to receive the link.  You can find instructions on how to join the ‘zoom’ video chat via the link by clicking on the Feelgood Friday’s image to the left.

SDS Collective Call to Action during COVID-19

The Self-Directed Support (SDS) Collective consists of people using social care services, unpaid carers and SDS advocacy, support and campaigning organisations. Our aim is to work together to promote improved practice in the development of self-directed support throughout Scotland.

During these unprecedented times the SDS Collective acknowledges the challenges that we as a society face. We believe it is vital that we work collectively to find solutions that will help get us through these tough times.

Our key messages during COVID-19

Covid – 19 – Coronavirus

It’s easy to feel a bit overwhelmed and scared by everything you’re hearing about coronavirus disease (COVID-19) right now.  Here are some helpful links where you can find out more about what’s happening and the simple steps you can take to help prevent catching COVID-19 and spreading to others.


Also find out more about what you can do if you are feeling anxious and worried, and how you can support others in your community.

First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, and the Scottish Government’s National Clinical Director for Scotland, Jason Leitch, joined Young Scot for a special live stream, answering your questions on coronavirus (COVID-19) at 10am on Monday 23rd March 2020.  Watch the video here:

SCLD have been working with Scottish Government to produce some guidance for people with learning disabilities on the Coronavirus outbreak and how people can protect themselves.  You can read the guidance here:

Information on Coronavirus

SCLD have also updated their Coronavirus/COVID 19 information hub in the last few days. You can access their page on this link:

You can also continue to find the most up-to-date NHS information by selecting this link:

Everyone here at In Control Scotland are thinking about all our friends, colleagues and members during this difficult time and continue to be available to work with people and offer support and advice, so please continue to contact us via email at: OR