Self Directed Support

What is Self-Directed Support?

Sometimes people need support in order to live an independent life, perhaps due to a physical or learning disability.  Self-Directed Support (SDS) means having choice and control over what that support looks like. It means that instead of your local council making decisions about what support you should have, that you take these decisions yourself (or on behalf of your child). It means being given a budget to spend on whatever you think is most important for you or your child’s needs.

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.

How does it work?

The Social Work Department will calculate how much money you can use (your individual budget). Through SDS, you or your family can spend your individual budget on services that support your health and wellbeing. You or your family can manage this budget (Direct Payment), or the Council can manage it for you.

But whoever manages the budget, you and your family say how it is spent. That’s why it’s called Self-directed Support – you are the director.

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.

What might my support look like?

Aberlour Options services are designed to make life easier for families where a child has a disability. They offer a variety of flexible support options for children and young people with physical and learning disabilities, including Autistic Spectrum Disorder, across Scotland.

Your package could include:

  • Short respite breaks – to give families a rest from their caring role, while giving their child the opportunity to try fun, new things in a supported environment. This could be within an Aberlour residential or fostering setting.
  • Adventure holiday breaks – to give children with disabilities the same access to outward bound and leisure activities as their non-disabled peers. Our specialist staff take children on trips to centres across Scotland, several times a year.
  • Support at home – to assist with personal care and development of independent living skills. We can offer this during the day or in the evening, whenever you need it most.
  • 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.

How do I organise support with Aberlour?

Just get in touch and we’ll discuss your 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.

Find your nearest Aberlour Options service

Alternatively, call 0800 0856 150 or email: sds@aberlour.org.uk.