About Our Project

Self-Directed Support (SDS) is the way that many disabled people in Scotland gain access to help and support at home. We’re interested in how SDS could be improved so that it promotes genuine independent living and enables more disabled people to live lives full of choices, opportunities and participation.

We’d like to know more about what this kind of ‘good’ SDS would look like from the perspectives of disabled people and those who support them. We will then calculate what the actual costs are and, most importantly, assess the benefits of providing that kind of support.

Our project, which is a partnership between the University of Stirling and Glasgow Centre for Inclusive Living (GCIL), funded by Disability Research on Independent Living and Learning (DRILL), and the National Lottery Community Fund, takes place over two years and aims to gather evidence, using an online survey and a series of focus groups, from disabled adults (aged 16 and over), and those who support them (carers). We will use the results to influence the way SDS is planned and delivered. We will also provide support to any participants who would like to become involved in influencing decision makers about SDS.

Our Aims

We aim to gather data about people’s lived experiences and aspirations, and not simply their direct experiences of Self-Directed Support and services in Scotland. We will involve an Advisory Group of disabled people, researchers and policy makers to make sure our findings are relevant and accessible. We will involve disabled people in designing the policy briefings and videos intended for the ‘Good Self-Directed Support’ website. We will use our policy networks (Twitter, Facebook etc.) to present our findings directly to policy makers. This will influence their decision making when designing or developing SDS services and associated policies. There is a large scale campaign for the review of social care in Scotland and the remainder of the UK and this project will inform that campaign.

Self-Directed Support gives disabled people money to gain access to support. This Project aims:

  • To find out what is important to disabled people and those who support them, in terms of the support they need to live fulfilled lives;
  • To support disabled people to be equal citizens, and to fully participate in their local community;
  • To improve the way SDS works by asking disabled people, and those who support them, about their experiences and how they think SDS could be improved.