Media Release: Ideas Factory goes to work on making SDS a reality

GLASGOW Social Care Providers Forum has won the backing of the Scottish Government to take its Self Directed Support awareness campaign to the next level.

The Forum will run the Ideas Factory, a year-long series of projects to help its members, who deliver around 60 per cent of Glasgow’s care services, gear up for the change from providing traditional services to dealing with individual budget holders.

Public Health Minister, Shona Robison, said: “Self Directed Support has the potential to make an enormous difference to people’s lives, but for that to happen successfully people must first know about it.

“Glasgow Social Care Providers Forum has already run an innovative Festival of Ideas to raise awareness of the concept of Self Directed Support, and the Scottish Government is pleased to be investing in supporting them in their bid to turn information into action.”

Charlie Barker, director of Glasgow Social Care Providers Forum, said: “We are really excited about the prospect of helping providers make the step change involved in delivering this new, highly personalised form of support.

“The Festival of Ideas was all about understanding the complexities of personalisation and Self Directed Support.

“The Ideas Factory will concentrate on the practical steps providers have to take to ensure that personalisation and Self Directed Support becomes a reality for everyone involved, especially people who want to control their own budgets and their own lives.”

The Ideas Factory will have seven specific projects including:

•    How SDS impacts on children and young people
•    New technology’s role in helping people live independent lives
•    Practitioner workshops to give frontline professionals the skills to help those moving to SDS work out what they need
•    The changing market place, including e-branding, marketing and new media
•    Working Together – models for collaboration, including user-led organisations, peer providers and brokerage.
•    Developing the Self directed support website

Part of the funding package will be dedicated to working with a group of ‘trail blazing’ organistions so that they can introduce working models that the rest of the sector can use and adapt to their own needs.

Charlie Barker added: “Nobody underestimates the potential difficulties, but there is a growing sense of enthusiasm among our members as they grapple with the realities of Self Directed Support.”


Issued on behalf of Glasgow Social Care Providers Forum by John Scott of John Scott Communications.
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Note to Editors:

1.    GSCPF is an innovative network of social care provider organisations delivering services across Glasgow.

2.    The original seed for the Forum was sown in 2001 by a group of Providers hoping to build a strong provider community, where common issues could be raised, debated and represented.

3.    In 2006 the Forum launched with the support of Glasgow City Council Social Work Services funding and the employment of staff.

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