Community development and Self-directed Support

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Health and social care provision in Scotland faces issues of sustainability in terms of finances and staff and, despite the Self-directed Support Act, care is not yet sufficiently personalised, self-directed or responsive to the needs of individuals and their community.

In order to meet the needs of the people of Scotland, the way public health and care services are organised needs to be done differently. Communities across Scotland are doing great work in tackling social isolation, providing preventative interventions and delivering personalised care. We believe that communities can do even more. But getting the correct support is the vital ingredient to enable individuals to live an independent life, to make meaningful social connections and be an active part of their community.

Our big idea is that if we strengthen the networks, access to information and infrastructure through which people can support each other better i.e. community development and more open government, then we will be able to make more effective use of the health and care support budgets available.

This is a community based approach to self-directed support, or if you like, community directed support.

The following pages were originally developed at as an output of the Self-directed Support through Community Development project. This was a partnership between In-control Scotland, Development Trust Association Scotland, Scottish Community Alliance and the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations, and was developed with Scottish Government funding.

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