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9 Mar, 2015 by Michelle Drumm

Pilotlight is a partner in an event - Capacity Building: The Art of the Possible - organised by Providers and Personalisation to share learning around self-directed support. 

In 2012, the Scottish Government Self-directed Support team funded projects aimed at building provider capacity to deliver more personalised support. As this round of projects come to a close they are getting together to share what they have learned about what has worked (and what hasn’t.)

Personal information cards for people with autism

People on the autistic spectrum may have social and communication difficulties. Currently, public awareness of the difficulties experienced by such individuals, even among professionals, is poor. Around the country there are schemes to provide "Autism Alert Cards".

Tuesday, 5 March, 2013
Norton Park Edinburgh, 57 Albion Road, Edinburgh EH7

Event to start a dialogue between individuals, the third sector, statutory agencies and the Scottish Government on the connection between self-directed support and an integrated health and social care system. It aims to focus on identifying key actions to progress the personalisation agenda for health and social care services and self-directed support.

17 Jan, 2013 by Michelle Drumm

IRISS is a partner in an event organised by the ALLIANCE, Care and Support Providers Scotland, Self-Directed Support Scotland, Lothian Centre for Independent Living, Independent Living in Scotland and the Joint Improvement Team, to explore the future of self-directed support within an integrated health and social care system.

Liam's video CV demonstrates how someone with autism can use video to help others see beyond the disability

Liam Robertson is 20 years old and has autism. He has a passion for film and would like to pursue a career in the theatre.

He attends Scottish Youth Theatre and works part-time in a Barnardo's shop in Glasgow.

In this video Liam talks about his interests and aspirations and presents a monologue from Citizen Kane.

Find out how we made this video.

Autism: from diagnosis to development to independence and a career…

Liam Robertson is 20 years old and has autism. His parents talk about Liam's passion for the theatre and the support they received to help Liam develop independence and obtain an NVQ2 in customer service. They also talk about the difficulties encountered in obtaining a diagnosis and their aspirations for his future.

I think any child who has autism, their parents should make use of all the services – it’s surprising just what’s out there, what’s available to various people.  But you have to actually go searching for it and take everything on, listen to people.

A social worker explains how video can help us 'see beyond the disability'

'People with disabilities have all sort of skills and abilities and that's what needs to be promoted. We need to get beyond seeing the disability, and I think video's a really good way of doing it.'

Encouraging a strengths-based approach to supporting individuals

Theme: Personalisation

Traditional approaches to improving well-being, reducing health inequalities and achieving other social goals have focused on the deficits and problems of individuals and communities. In contrast, using an approach that values assets identifies the skills, strengths, capacity and knowledge of individuals and the social capital of communities. This can provide a different story of place that is a positive and outcome focused picture, that values what works well and where health and well-being is thriving.

Researching the marketplace for micro-care and support services

Theme: Personalisation

In 2006–09, the Department of Health funded a three-year project in England led by NAAPS (now known as Shared Lives) to test a business model designed to support and stimulate the development of a range of micro care and support services. 

As self-directed support is implemented in Scotland, there are opportunities for the marketplace of provision to greatly diversify.  Building on the work by NAAPS, IRISS will deliver a scoping project focusing on the following questions.

Collaborative research and design of some of the different pathways to self-directed support

Following on from our Evidence Explorers work, Pilotlight is an inclusive programme that brings together a range of people to research and design some of the different pathways to self-directed support. The programme will deliver four pathways for providers over two years, and is part of the wider Changing Support, Changing Lives partnership. The pathways will be co-designed, and will be developed in partnership with others.


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