• Awareness of Challenge Poverty Week

    16th August 2019, Uncategorised

    Challenge Poverty Week Challenge Poverty Week is an opportunity for you to raise your voice against poverty and show what needs to be done to tackle poverty across Scotland. 130 organisations large and small supported Challenge Poverty Week last year, …


  • Age is just a number event – CVS Falkirk

    16th August 2019, Uncategorised

    A message from CVS Falkirk At CVS Falkirk, we’re delighted to announce that our annual event celebrating the national Older People’s Day will return as “Age Is Just A Number” on Tuesday 1st October at Falkirk Trinity Church, and we’re now accepting sta …


  • New reports – Self-Directed Support in Scotland.

    28th June 2019, Uncategorised

    June saw the publishing of two new reports regarding the progress of Self-Directed Support in Scotland. The report from the Scottish Government can be found below. https://www.gov.scot/publications/self-directed-support-strategy-2010-2020-implementatio …


  • PA Employers and Personal Assistant Event

    10th May 2019, Uncategorised

    PA Employers and Personal Assistant Event Self Directed Support Forth Valley and the PA Network are hosting an event for PA Employers and Personal Assistants to get together, share experiences, find out what support is available and get involved in the …


  • Survey Opportunity – My Support, My Choice 2019.

    7th May 2019, Uncategorised

    My Support, My Choice 2019:   Last week Self-Directed Support Scotland got in touch to tell us about the launch of the #MySupportMyChoice19. This is a research opportunity which seeks to improve SDS by reporting on peoples experiences. Feel free to hav …


  • Committed to excellence!

    29th January 2019, Uncategorised

    After 6 months of collective and constructive working between the staff team and Board ILA/SDS Forth Valley are delighted to announce that we have been successful in achieving the Quality Scotland award. This award is based on the EFQM Excellence Model …


  • The Role of Personal Assistants in Disability Support – UEA Online Course

    11th January 2019, Uncategorised

    Free Online course The Role of Personal Assistants in Disability Support Find out about the new role of personal assistants in disability support, and how to improve working relationships in the area. https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/personal-assist …


  • Independent Living Fund Scotland – Transitions

    21st December 2018, Uncategorised

    ILF Scotland encourages young disabled people to try something new! ILF Scotland has launched a new campaign to encourage young people living with a physical or mental impairment to apply for funding and #TrySomethingNew. The Transition Fund aims to en …


  • Goodmoves Personal Assistant Recruitment

    19th December 2018, Uncategorised

    What is goodmoves? goodmoves is a recruitment platform for jobs within the Civil Society, Charity and Voluntary Sector in Scotland. goodmoves is the only dedicated jobs website in Scotland which is run by a charity. We are also a social enterprise and …


  • AbilityNet Free Computer Help

    17th December 2018, Uncategorised

    AbilityNet offers free computer help for disabled and older people, along with charities and organisations. They also offer a free helpline, free factsheets, free online assessment tools, as well as a network of Abilitynet ITCanHelp disclosure checked …


  • Towards a new National Implementation Plan 2019-21:

    23rd November 2018, Uncategorised

    SDS Forth Valley will be attending an important upcoming consultation event! SDS: Towards a new National Implementation Plan 2019-21:   Monday 3 December, 10.00-14.00 in Glasgow.  During this event the Scottish Government will seek views on the Change …


  • Review of Polling Districts and Polling Places 2018/20

    16th November 2018, Uncategorised

    A message from Falkirk Council regarding polling. Overview We are conducting a review of polling districts and polling places throughout the Council area. We are looking for comments and feedback from voters in relation to the existing polling district …


  • Digital Skills for life

    22nd October 2018, Uncategorised

      In the last edition of Disability news (Oct- Dec 2018) there was an article (on Page 3), offering a free IT training event called Digital skills for life. This offered sessions on staying safe online, Paying bills, How to access Falkirk council servi …


  • Older Peoples Day 2018- Falkirk

    12th October 2018, Uncategorised

    Nan Laird at Older Peoples day Falkirk October 2018 Nan and Violet attended the recent Older People’s Day answering questions attendee’s may have had about Self-Directed Support. Nan volunteers on the board of the Independent Living Association Forth V …


  • Support in the Right Direction 2021: grants announced!

    28th August 2018, Uncategorised

    Great news! The SiRD 2021 funding runs from October 2018 to March 2021 and over £7.2 million will be invested in projects that will work alongside relevant local authorities, to ensure that more people across Scotland who access social care are empower …


  • OUR NEW PRIVACY POLICY

    28th May 2018, Uncategorised

    General Data Protection Regulations – GDPR  OUR NEW PRIVACY POLICY We wanted to let you know that we’ve updated our Privacy Policy in line with new data protection laws which come into effect on 25 May 2018. We take our data privacy responsibilities ve …


  • Personal Assistant Event – May 24th

    8th May 2018, Uncategorised

    The Personal Assistant Network Scotland invite you to join us at the first Forth Valley PA Network Lunch Event. We will give you the opportunity to meet and chat with other local PAs, share your experiences and stories as well as hear about the support …


  • Carers Act – update May 2018

    8th May 2018, Uncategorised

    On 1 April this year, Scotland took a major step towards extending and enhancing the rights of unpaid carers with the introduction of the Carers (Scotland) Act 2016. The aim of the Act is to ensure that carers are better supported in their caring role, …


  • Scottish Living Wage Increases

    2nd May 2018, Uncategorised

    From May 1st 2018, the Scottish Living Wage has Increased: In May 2017, the  Living Wage went up to £8.45 per hour. Today the Living Wage is: £8.75 Why has the Living Wage increased? The Scottish Government made a commitment to increase the minimum ear …


  • Conflict Resolution Training

    26th March 2018, Archived 2018

    The Scottish Centre for Conflict Resolution (SCCR) are holding accredited family conflict resolution training on Thursday 24th May, 10am – 4pm at Forth Valley Sensory Centre, Redbrae Road, Camelon, FK1 4DD. The training is aimed at practitioners workin …


  • Direction? Scots still not being given control over care options

    15th March 2018, Archived 2018

    Hello, A new article appeared recently in Third Force News providing a picture of where Self Directed Support is currently at in Scotland. It provides an interesting update from projects regarding the potential stalling in progress. Full access to the …


  • Minimum Wage Increase and The Living Wage

    20th February 2018, Archived 2018

    Some news about The Minimum Wage Increase and the Living Wage Minimum Wage Increase The National Minimum Wage (Amendment) Regulations 2018 have been laid before parliament. They provide for the annual increase to the minimum wage and national living wa …


  • Guidelines for Administration of Medication Proposal

    24th January 2018, Archived 2018

    Upcoming Proposal Event Hello, On March 7th in Perth, SDS Forth Valley will be co-facilitating an event with WEA and SDSS to discover if there is scope for creating a proposal for SIGN (Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network). The day will involve …


  • Act to overcome loneliness

    9th January 2018, Uncategorised

    Taking action The Life Link project in Bournemouth describes solutions to combat loneliness. It talks about taking action through support in the local community. Loneliness has been in the news a lot recently. Just because it goes out of the news doesn …


  • Personal Assistants Training November 2017.

    15th December 2017, Personal Assistants

    SDS Forth Valley in partnership with the WEA (Workers Education Association) and Emcare (Training Organisation) organised a full days First Aid Training in Alloa. Clackmannanshire Council provided Ludgate House for a venue. The team set about communica …