Choosing the right support for you
Personalised support (or Self Directed support - SDS) is a
different way of getting the support you need. It lets you choose
how your support is provided and who will provide it.
You may have lots of questions about personalised support. The
good news is you are not alone. Capability Scotland can give you as
much help as you need to understand what personalised support means
How does personalised
Your local authority decides how much money you need for your
support. This money is sometimes called your 'individual' or
You choose how you want to manage your money.
- Get the money to pay for your support
- Ask your local authority to give the money to an organisation,
like Capability Scotland, who you have chosen to provide your
- Ask the local authority to organise your support for you
You can talk to Capability Scotland about which of the ways
above would be best for you. You can use a mixture off all three if
you want to organise some of your support yourself and let the
local authority do the rest.
Who can get personalised
Most people who get a service from a local authority will be
able to get personalised support. Your local authority can tell you
if you can get personalised support.
What can I get with
You can use personalised support to keep getting the same
support you receive at the moment, or you may want to get different
There are lots of ways you can use personalised support. You can
get support to live in your own home, such as help with having a
bath or getting washed and dressed.
You can use it to help you go to college or work, or to do
activities you enjoy like going out with friends or taking part in
a sports club.
You could pay for person to help you take part in clubs or
classes in your area. You can also use personalised support to help
you take a short-break or to help pay for special equipment you
What is the
It's important that you take time to think about personalised
support and how it could change the way you get your support.
There are lots of people who can help you with this. If you
currently receive a service from us, your Capability Scotland
support team will be happy to talk about it with you. You can also
talk it over with your family, friends and social worker if you
If you want personalised support, Capability Scotland can help
you give your local authority all the information they need about
you. We'll give you as much or as little support as you want to
make sure your change to Self Directed Support goes smoothly.
Where can I find
You can contact Capability Scotland Advice Service
If you are
already with us, ou can ask your Capability Scotland support team
to tell you more about personalised support.
You can look at the Self Directed Support section on the Capability Scotland
extranet (registration required- Capability Scotland's
customers, parents/carers, volunteers and staff only)
You can look at the Self
Directed Support Scotland website