To the SDS Handbook

Your complete guide to accessing care and support in Scotland

If you want to find out how to access care and support, you are in the right place. You might be looking for support for yourself, or a loved one.

This Handbook has been designed to help you navigate your journey to getting support. Sorting out support can be an intimidating process. It can sometimes be confusing, challenging or stressful. This Handbook aims to make it easier by guiding you through, step by step.

You might find it easier to read this Handbook in stages, or search for information about a specific issue. It may feel like a lot of information at once, so just take it at your own pace.

And please be reassured, there is lots of help available. We’ve included links to places you can get help every step of the way.

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Please note that the information contained in this Handbook is provided for guidance purposes only. Every reasonable effort is made to make the information accurate and up to date, but no responsibility for its accuracy and correctness, or for any consequences of relying on it, is assumed by Self Directed Support Scotland or any other contributing party.

The information does not, and is not intended to, amount to legal advice. You are strongly advised to obtain specific, personal and professional advice from a lawyer about employment law matters, or an accountant/ tax specialist about taxation matters, and from HMRC and your insurers. You should not rely solely on the information in this Handbook. Support organisations listed in this Handbook can help you find appropriate sources of advice.