Ideas workshop to shape future support budgets

An appeal has gone out to social and health care service users, carers, supporters and sector providers in a mission to shape the future of Scottish Government initiative, Self Directed Support.

Participants are urged to register for the IdeasXchange workshop to be held at the Buchan Braes Hotel, Boddam, on Thursday, October 2.

The event is the latest in a series of interactive workshops to be hosted throughout Scotland by Changing Support, Changing Lives.

It aims to bring together those who are involved in and will be able to access Self Directed Support (SDS), which will enable people to take control of the support budget they receive, affording them greater choice of how to select, prioritise and spread the funding of their personal, social and health care needs.

IdeasXchange is a forum for increasing the understanding of SDS from the perspective of service users, carers and providers in preparation for the development of its delivery.

Scottish Government-funded Changing Support, Changing Lives comprises a partnership of ENABLE Scotland, Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland, the Scottish Consortium for Learning Disabilities, In Control Scotland and the Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services.

Previous events throughout Scotland have attracted a mix of attendees who have grasped the opportunity to share experience and knowledge of the personalisation of support and SDS processes.

Nikki Bruce, ENABLE Scotland personalisation manager, explained: “ENABLE Scotland is pleased to be one of five Changing Support, Changing Lives partners, whose mission it is to share experiences and learning as we implement Self-Directed Support across Scotland.

“The ideasXchange workshop in Boddam aims to explore and shape this transformational change to the lives of individuals by ensuring that services are tailored in ways which complement less formal support in people’s local communities.

“Changing Support, Changing Lives encourages service users, carers, supporters and sector providers to engage in this event and add their voice to the future dimension of support funding choices in Scotland.”

The IdeasXchange session will run from 10am to 1pm.

It is free to join and includes a complementary networking buffet lunch.

For more information or to book a place at the workshop, visit www.changing support.org.uk.