Roadshow in Rothesay on ‘self directed support’

The Green Tree Cafe, part of the Moat Community Centre in Rothesay, will host an information event on self directed support on Thursday, January 15, 2015.
The Green Tree Cafe, part of the Moat Community Centre in Rothesay, will host an information event on self directed support on Thursday, January 15, 2015.

An information event giving Bute residents information about changes to the provision of social care support services will be held in Rothesay next week.

The event, aimed at anyone who is receiving social care support, or who is thinking about getting support, will be held at the Green Tree Cafe in the Moat Centre.

The policy of self directed support (SDS), which was introduced in April 2014, gives individuals and their families the power to decide who provides support services and how they are designed.

The roadshow, which is being organised by Argyll and Bute Council and is visiting all the area’s main towns, will provide an informal setting with the opportunity to ask questions about self directed support, find out more about it, how it works and how it may affect individuals and families.

The council’s policy lead for children and families, Councillor Mary Jean Devon, said, “This is a new way of working and aims to offer each person the opportunities to help them achieve their aspirations and ambitions. I’m sure people have many questions – so please take the time to come along and find out the answers and the impact self directed support could have for you.”

Policy lead for adult care, Councillor Dougie Philand added, “Self directed support affects the individual themselves, their family and friends, and these roadshows will help everyone involved to understand the options available, including funding, which could have an important and positive influence on their daily lives.”

Self-directed support can be used to provide assistance to live in your own home, such as help with having a bath or getting washed and dressed. Out of the home it can support you to attend college, to continue in employment, to take a job, or to enjoy leisure pursuits more.

You can choose whether you would prefer to get support from a service provider, such as a voluntary organisation or care agency, or by employing personal assistants, or a combination of both.

The Rothesay event at the Green Tree Cafe is on Monday, January 15 from 1pm to 4pm.