Self Directed Support Scotland (SDSS)
Self Directed Support Scotland (SDSS)

Charity registered in Scotland SC039587

SDSS champions local Independent Support organisations who provide quality advice and support on Self-directed Support. We campaign for true SDS implementation when it comes to social care delivery throughout Scotland.

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This vacancy has now closed


  • Management Board
  • Unpaid
  • Scotland
  • Closing 31st March 2021

Are you an advocate for the Independent Living Movement in Scotland? If you support the philosophy of Independent Living and champion quality social care delivery, then we’d love to hear from you.

We’re looking for Trustees to join the Self Directed Support Scotland (SDSS) Board and Management Committee. This exciting role presents the opportunity to influence the future work and governance of SDSS.

About Self Directed Support Scotland

Self Directed Support Scotland represents organisations run by and for disabled people. Our members support thousands of people across Scotland with their social care choices. Together we work to ensure that SDS is implemented successfully so that people have full choice and control over their lives. We do this by:

Supporting our members in the delivery of their services to provide local independent information, advice and support to those at each stage of their social care journey.

Signposting individuals at each stage of their social care journey.

Representing our members nationally to discuss SDS implementation.

Showcasing good practice from those involved with SDS.

Providing health and social care professionals, other voluntary organisations and educational institutions with the resources they need to champion SDS.

Conducting research which recognises the power of lived experience.

This vacancy has now closed

Communications Manager

  • Full time or Part time
  • £28,000 – £33,500
  • Homeworking/Edinburgh Office based plus occasional overnight national travel
  • Closing 27th June 2022

The Self Directed Support Scotland vision is “A Scotland where quality Self-directed Support is available to all as a route to Independent Living”. Our mission is “to work collaboratively to incorporate local Independent Support in every aspect of social care design and delivery, ensuring the needs and views of people accessing social care support and their support networks are valued and represented.” To deliver this SDSS champions local Independent Support Organisations who provide quality advice and support for accessing Self-directed Support (SDS). We have a rapidly growing membership of independent and Disabled People’s Organisations and we aim to widen their influence in improving social care outcomes for disabled people and social care users.

Our focus in recruitment is to find the right people first, and look at how the team can be built around the skills and experience of those who have passion and connection to user led organisations, issues in social care or the liberating ethos of the social model of disability. All applicants will have confidence in contributing to and delivering our communication strategy across a wide range of events and media, including accessible formats and know how to articulate complex issues and positively engage our member organisations.

To attract maximum remuneration our Communications and Events Manager might also have experience in policy work and understanding of Scottish social care reform. This could include the development of the National Care Service and Personal Assistant workforce, with the potential to direct SDSS in its strategy and delivery and represent SDSS confidently in these areas. Applicants are encouraged to say how the role could be adapted to meet their skills and needs, including the number of hours they would like to offer up to 35 (full time) and a likely minimum of 14 hours.