Media Release: Dundee Carers’ Centre self-directed support event 2 May 2015 in Caird Hall, Dundee

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DUNDEE Carers’ Centre is running a major event this weekend to give people a better understanding of self-directed support and a more in-depth idea of the range of options available to them.

The one-day SDS Fair is being held in Caird Hall, Dundee this Saturday 2 May 2015 from 10.00am to 4.00pm with free entry for all.

There will be over 40 service providers offering information on the choices and services that are available. The event will be of interest to the general public, people with support needs, carers and people who work in the care sector.

To put the new SDS approach in context, motivational speakers, Jamie Andrew (a top Scottish mountaineer, who will talk about his amazing ascents all over the world – as a quadruple amputee) and communications professional, Mike Stevenson (who will talk about his journey from rough-sleeping to becoming a multi-award winning entrepreneur) will be both taking part.

Jamie Andrew, Scottish mountaineer, said: “It seems to me that our greatest limitations are the ones we impose on ourselves. I want to encourage others to throw out these misconceptions and to be all they can be.”

Alastair Smeaton, team manager – Independent Living Service added: “We have just launched our video on social media written and co-directed by dynamic young film BAFTA winner, Iain Henderson, and we would encourage people to take a few moments to watch the full version online.

“Understanding the daily impact SDS this will have on peoples’ lives is vital and already we are hearing great outcomes from the public. Our event this weekend will bring the practical aspects to life with first-hand accounts from our speakers.”

To view the film trailer or on YouTube:


Notes to Editors

The film was written and co-directed and edited by Iain Henderson, Young Bafta winner Scotland 2015 and was co-directed and produced by BOLD.

Service Provider: If you are a Service Provider and would like to apply to have a stall on the day please click on the following link and complete the booking form. All completed booking forms to be returned by email to

Carer: someone who provides unpaid support to a family member or a friend who could not manage without their help. This could be due to age, disability, long-term illness, mental health problems or addiction. The term, ‘carer’, should not be confused with a paid carer worker or personal assistant.

Jamie Andrew: Top Scottish mountaineer, has as a quadruple amputee climbed all over the world and raised many thousands of pounds for charity.

Mike Stevenson: Multi-award winning Scottish entrepreneur, speaker and creative thinker.

About Dundee Carers Centre: The Dundee Carers Centre offers support and information to carers of all ages and to disabled people, including a minority ethnic service with multilingual support workers (Urdu, Punjabi, Cantonese and Mandarin). The Centre was established in 1989 and has grown into a key provider of support services to carers and disabled people within the Dundee area.

Contact details: Claire Grier Monaghan 01382 200422 /07921848392

Dundee Carers Centre, Seagate House, 132-134 Seagate, Dundee, DD1 2HB

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