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Gig Buddies

Gig Buddies is a project in Edinburgh, Midlothian, and West Lothian that supports people with a learning disability to get out to more gigs and live events by pairing them with a volunteer who shares the same interests. If you would be interested in becoming a volunteer or find out more about Gig Buddies check out this flyer

Gig Buddies Information Pack

Gig Buddies Volunteering Application Form Download

Community Brokerage Award

We are excited to inform you of a brand-new qualification that has been designed for those involved in the field of brokerage and self-directed support.  This award has been developed and will be delivered by the Community Brokerage Network, it has been approved by SQA and will be certificated at SCQF level 7 with a value of 30 credits.

The course is an exciting opportunity to build confidence in connecting with individuals and communities through community brokerage. Throughout the course, participants will develop the skills and knowledge to empower people to make choices in how they live their lives. It will run from January to June 2019 and contains a mix of group learning days and open learning that can be done in the participant’s own time. The course has been approved for a part-time fee grant of up to £301 for eligible candidates – you can find more about the grant at http://saas.gov.uk/part_time/ug/index.htm.


Community Brokerage Candidate Pack

Community Brokerage Candidate Application Form

Application Guidance

Self-Directed Support Data Under Development

The Scottish Government has been collecting data on Direct Payments (Option 1) since 2001 and as part of the annual Social Care Survey from 2013. The introduction of SDS resulted in changes to the format of the Social Care Survey from 2015, with information now being gathered about the provision of services and support through all of the SDS options over the course of a financial year.
This report provides analysis of information collected in the 2017 Social Care Survey for all SDS options. Further analysis of the 2016-17 Direct Payments data can be found in this publication

National Self-Directed Support Strategy 2010 – 2020

The National Self-directed Support Strategy 2010-2020 is a joint Scottish Government and COSLA 10-year plan, dedicated to driving forward the personalisation of social care in Scotland. In the first phase of the strategy, from 2010-2012, the Scottish Government developed information to promote understanding of Self-directed Support. The second phase, 2012-2016, was focused upon development of the Social Care (Self-directed Support) (Scotland) Act 2013, guidance, and supporting innovation. We have now reached the third phase, and there is still a lot more to do. A wide set of public service reforms have been taken forward since the Strategy was launched in 2011, most notably health and social care integration. Set in this context, the priority for 2016-2018 is to consolidate the learning from innovative practice and the application of guidance; and to embed Self-directed Support as Scotland’s mainstream approach to social care. To download a copy click here.