Self-directed support

This collection brings together key Iriss resources on the topic of Self-directed support, including podcast episodes, evidence summaries plus an Iriss Insight (*though this Insight is from 2012, it helpfully outlines the origins and important context for SDS). Also included here is our Pilotlight project which offers a range of multimedia tools and resources. 

Personal experiences of managing an Option 1 support package

This blog post by Dr Jim Elder Woodward OBE describes his personal experiences of self-directed support during Covid-19. podcast episodes


Pilotlight was a five year programme (2012-2017) funded by the Scottish Government as part of the implementation of self-directed support. 

It co-designed seven pathways to self-directed support focusing on mental health, risk, self-employment, young people in transition, older people in transition, people with younger onset dementia and people in recovery from substance misuse. 

The project tested and refined a model for successful power sharing, produced tools and resources, and developed solutions for the implementation of self-directed support. 

Each pathway included people who access support, local authorities and support providers. 


SDS brokerage in rural Scotland

ESSS Outline

Explores the challenges facing local authorities when seeking to implement brokerage models of self directed support in rural Scottish communities.