Self-directed Support

You may have heard about Self-directed Support and be wondering if it’s the right thing for you and your family. 

"Aberlour are very understanding of our needs as a family, and we trust their support and guidance"

"I feel Aberlour offers a great service, my child absolutely loves it, and we are confident and relaxed about leaving him in your care. That feeling has increased over the years, through the consistent sharing of information about my child, and the interest and professionalism shown by all Aberlour staff at all times"

"I always feel very relaxed about leaving my child with the staff at Aberlour. Nothing is a problem to them"

What should the right support do?

Support should be about helping you and your family to live life fully. It should enable and support what is important to you, i.e. your outcomes.
At Aberlour, we work closely with you to arrange support that’s flexible, reliable and helps you meet your outcomes.

What is Self-directed Support?

Self-directed Support is a way of having more control over how your support is arranged. It means having choice and control over your or your child’s support, and getting the right help to meet your needs and outcomes.

Find out more in our guide to Self-directed Support for children and families and It's all about you - a children’s guide to understanding about choice and control through Self-directed Support.

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Aberlour is committed to personalisation, which permeates through all areas of our work. We believe that children, young people and families should have choice and control over their support, how they are supported and who supports them. For more information about our commitment to personalisation, please check out our Personalisation Charter.

how to organise support with aberlour


It’s easy to organise support with Aberlour – just get in touch and we’ll discuss options with you. We’ll talk about what good support looks like for you, and create a package that meets your needs and fits in with your timetable.

Choosing the right support is an important decision. You can organise a taster session visit to one of our services to see if we are the right support provider for you. Then take as long as you like to make a decision.

Our Options service bases cover the local and wider areas. Use this list of all our Options services to contact your nearest service base for an informal chat. Alternatively, call: 01786 450335 or email:

aberlour options services

Our Options services
provide a variety of flexible support options for children and young people with physical and learning disabilities, including autistic spectrum disorder, across Scotland. 

Short breaks
We offer a range of service for families who need a short break from caring, which also offer children the opportunity to try new things, learn new skills, experience new places and meet new people. Our services include family, fostering, independent and residential short breaks, all tailored for you.

Support at home
We can support you in your own home during the day or evening to help develop independent living skills and assist with personal care.  We can also arrange overnight support in your home.

Out and about - community and education support
Focused around supporting you to participate in activities in your local community, this enables children to develop their own social networks, and can focus on friendships, relationships and access to work or education opportunities.

Group support and activities
In some areas, we provide play schemes, independent living skills and other groups that take place in community venues. These are usually held out of school hours and in the school holidays.

SDS OptionsOur Options service bases cover the local and wider areas. Use this list of all our Options services to contact your nearest service base for an informal chat. Alternatively, call: 01786 450335 or email:

Or you can find out more about how to arrange local support with us in our
Aberlour Options - our services brochure.