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We’ll keep you up to date here on self directed support (SDS) related news, articles and what's on for Personal Assistants in Scotland including workshops, training and links to partners events.

Get Together & Be Informed

Tuesday, 05 February 2019 16:02

The initial Get Together & Be Informed Fife Event took place in January as a joint iniative led by SDS Options (Fife), SPAEN and the PA Network Scotland.  The event was attended by Personal Assistants and their Employers who all arrived with an open and enthusiastic attitude which was evident throughout the day.

PA Network : Members Forum

Tuesday, 13 November 2018 11:53

We are pleased that the PA Network has successfully secured funding from Scottish Government to continue and develop our services to PAs.  However, in an attempt to maximise the work we can do and the current limited use of the Forum, we regret to advise that the Forum part of our service will close shortly.  The remainder of our support will remain in place and we will continue to provide a phone, email, online and face to face support network to PAs.

Good News : Additional Funding Awarded

Tuesday, 09 October 2018 15:03

We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded continued funding for the Personal Assistants Network Scotland by Scottish Government.  This funding will allow us to continue working with Personal Assistants and provide ongoing support to existing and new PAs.  More details will be announced in due course and we are currently busy planning events for the next few months. 

To ensure you are kept up to date with news and events please register  your details on the website using the "Stay Informed" button!


PAssport to Independent Living - Launch

Wednesday, 01 November 2017 15:59

The Personal Assistants Network Scotland attended the launch of PAssport to Independent Living book this week. This is a book full of amazing and inspiring stories from PAs across Scotland together with some information and resources for PAs and those looking to become PAs.

Social Media Guidance

Wednesday, 01 November 2017 13:32

 SSSC have recently updated thier Social Media Guidance predominantly aimed at those working in social care under SSSC code of practice. However, as good practice, PAs can use the guidance to help them manage boundaries in their own personal and business social media use.


FITWork Tool : PA Feedback

Wednesday, 01 November 2017 13:21

The PA Network Scotland has been approached by a team of researchers at Strathclyde University for help in circulating their research to the wider PA population of Scotland.  We would encourage you to complete the questionnaire as openly and honestly as you can thus providing a greater understanding of the PA workforce.

Some news from SDSS regarding the national living wage. Please click on the link below

YOU - Your Options Understood

Tuesday, 07 February 2017 09:55

The PA Network Scotland was delighted to attend the launch of a new service within Ayrshire, Glasgow and Edinburgh, "YOU - Your Options Understood".

Sleepover Rates and NMW

Thursday, 20 October 2016 09:23

Following many discussions over Sleepover Rates and NMW, we have been provided with the following guidance.  This does not consitute or replace legal advice and this should be sought separately if required.


Palliative & End of Life Care Workshop

Thursday, 07 July 2016 09:50

Palliative Care & End of Life Workshop - Summary

On the 14th June the PA Network hosted a free Palliative & End of Life Care Workshop in Kilmarnock with a group of PA's travelling from Ayrshire, Glasgow and beyond to attend.

Guest Blog - Michael Gettins

Wednesday, 03 February 2016 11:58

The PA Network is delighted to bring you a Guest Blog slot from Michael Gettins. Michael has attended a couple of our Network events in Ayrshire in his role as a Unison Representative and has been a source of knowledge and expertise from his own career as a Social Worker and working in Social Care across Ayrshire.

Winter 2015 Newsletter

Tuesday, 27 October 2015 11:32

We are delighted to update you on what's been happening 'behind the scenes'.  Please take a moment to read our Winter 2015 Newsletter and if you can like / follow us on Facebook and Twitter to be kept updated with current events and news as it happens.  There are some exciting events and plans coming up which will be shared with you all very soon.

A "think piece" from the Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland on the implementation of SDS and the future of individualised social care.

‘Piecing together person centred support’ was launched at the Health and Social Care Academy’s ‘Devaluing Values’ event, held on 21st August 2015 in Dundee.  With the Social Care (Self-directed Support) (Scotland) Act 2014 showing teething problems with scattered practice and slow progress in shifting the mind-set of social care towards outcomes, this event gave people a safe space to consider the effects of social work’s approach to implementing SDS upon the lives of people requiring support to maintain a good quality of life.

To read the whole document google  Piecing Together Person Centred Support - The Alliance  there you will find the pdf document. A good read and contains lots of information and the results of pilot programmes in some areas.

Scottish Social Services Council - SSSC

Friday, 14 August 2015 10:15

Our work means the people of Scotland can count on social services being provided by a trusted, skilled and confident workforce.

Keep informed with news from the SSSC and the social service sector:

If anyone has any questions regarding SSSC and Self Directed Support - Alison Guthrie from SSSC will be happy to help in any way she can. Alison can be contacted as follows:

Tel: 01382 346428


Twitter: @SSSCalison

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Reflections on SDS from Dumfries

Friday, 14 August 2015 09:17

Reflections on self-directed support (SDS), community micro-enterprise and integration in Dumfries…

I have been working as a catalyst in Dumfries and Galloway for 18 months, supporting local people to establish enterprises and ventures that help older people in their local community. Recently I have been reflecting on how my work fits with wider policy drivers and initiatives and indeed how it might have some real answers to very challenging national questions.…

Peace of Mind Project

Thursday, 13 August 2015 09:24

Cultivating Communities across Scotland

Peace of Mind is a new innovative project offering a range of supports and services to people with 10 or less hours of self-directed support per week.

It will initially cover North, South and East Ayrshire and hopes to extend to other parts of Scotland in due course.  

Supporting PA Employers:

We can support you to "pool" your support hours to:

  • Employ Personal Assistants using Option 1;
  • Engage a care agency using Option 2
  • Use Options 1 or 2 along with Option 3 to create a flexible care package of support that suits you;
  • Find other people in your area with small hours of support; similar interests and personal outcomes to create natural support networks;
  • Offer unique “Pooled Direct Payment” insurance for employers

Supporting PA’s:

We can support PA’s to:

  • Find vacancies with PA employers in your area;
  • Find additional hours working as a PA at times that suit you;
  • Access a range of training and qualifications to assist you work as a PA



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New Research on Option 2 In Practice

Thursday, 13 August 2015 08:56


New research on Option 2 in practice

The Coalition of Care and Support Providers in Scotland have commissioned researchers at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) to explore local authority and voluntary sector provider perspectives on how Option 2 is working in practice. Dr Martin Kettle, Senior Lecturer in Social Work at GCU explored the barriers to making Option 2 a reality as well as highlighting emerging approaches to addressing these barriers.

Click on the link below for more information…

This is a free network for Personal Assistants (PAs) who work directly for the person they support (or their families). Some PAs can feel quite isolated due to the one to one nature of the work they do, so we want PAs to use the website to support each other and tell us what free training we can offer to update skills. 

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