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Nov 5, 2019

Hannah Tweed from the ALLIANCE and Dianne Theakstone from Self-directed Support Scotland spoke to Iriss about the joint research they are undertaking on user experiences of self-directed support in Scotland.

This Scottish Government funded research intends to encourage and develop policy and best practice across the...


Feb 19, 2019

Has self-directed support been the transformational and radical policy that it was set out to be?

Dr Charlotte Pearson and Professor Nick Watson spoke to Stuart Muirhead from Iriss about their research on the policy - what the results reveal about the implementation of self-directed support in Scotland.

Charlotte was...


Feb 21, 2017

On 21st February 2017, Iriss.fm spoke to Cathy McGregor and Lorraine Gillies from Audit Scotland about the national self-directed support survey that has been recently circulated.

Audit Scotland is keen to get as many responses as possible before 27 February - stories (positive or negative) of people's experiences of...


Mar 17, 2015

We Chose to Climb was a three-day event or 'climb' that was held over 16-18th March 2015 at the Arches in Glasgow. It was an event that brought together those interested in discussing and exploring the principles of self-directed support. Iriss.fm spoke to Charlie Barker of Social Care Ideas Factory who told us more...


Jun 11, 2014

Colin Millar, Chief Executive of SPAEN (Scottish Personal Assistant Employers Network), talks to Michael McEwan of Able Radio about Self Directed Support in Scotland: the four options, SDS and carers, how to apply and the role of SPAEN.

Scottish Personal Assistant Employers Network ASK Spaen on Facebook and Twitter:...