ERASMUS Skills Project


Improving the Skills and Competencies in Self-Directed Support (SKILLS) is a 24-month Erasmus+ project that aims to support individuals with disabilities in exercising choice about their lives through self-directed support systems and is funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.  The five partners of the project are In Control Scotland, EASPD, Service Foundation, ANffAS, and the Centre for Welfare Reform.  For more information about this project click here

Leading the Way – Helsinki – 29th August 2019

An International conference on self-directed support

Self directed support creates social and healthcare services that are based on human rights and have sustainable impact on people’s lives.  This conference will look at creating a shared vision and development of activities that are based on promising practices.  To find out more about this event and how to register your place, click on the image below:







In April 2018, In Control Scotland organised a short study tour for a group of 59 visitors from Finland who came to Scotland interested to find out about the implementation of self-directed support.   Find out more: Finnish Study Visit

Direction Seminar – 29th August 2018

The direction began on August 29, 2018 at the Kulttuuritehdas at Korjaamo, Helsinki.  The event was attended by Simon Duffy and Keith Etherington , both of whom have long-term experience in developing personal budgeting in the UK.  The event provided information and discussed current issues of personal budgeting such as law preparation and piloting.  Keith and Simon spoke about their perspectives on what personal budgeting is all about.  International experiences and reflections on increasing opportunities for people’s choice and influence to solve and implement their own support.  After the event, Simon and Keith were interviewed.  The interview was conducted by Lyhty ry’s team of media players who responded to the seminar. Click on the image to listen to the interview.

Teaching and Learning Event – 3rd – 5th July 2018

The Skills project is a transnational Erasmus+ European project intended to develop resources, share learning and make connections about self-directed support across Europe. The project runs from October 2017—September 2019.  in July, we were delighted to extend a warm welcome to visitors from Finland, Italy, England and Greece who joined us for a training and learning event and for the 2nd  meeting of the Erasmus + Skills project group.  Here is a small photo record of our 3-day Teaching and Learning event.

Skills Animation

As part of the Erasmus + Skills project, In Control Scotland are responsible for Intellectual Output No: 2  – producing a training toolkit for frontline staff working in disability services.  As part of this toolkit, we have produced a short animation film about self-directed support.  You can view the film by clicking on the image below.  We have also produced versions of the film in Finnish and Italian you can view these by select the links below.