Self-Directed Support (SDS) is about giving people as much choice and control as possible in overcoming the difficulties they face in life, but it also extends to describe the framework in which this can be done and the associated attributes of promoting independence and social inclusion.
Since the introduction of SDS in North Lanarkshire, Potential Living have provided assistance to many local people to get the most from their individual budgets by working closely alongside them, as well as their friends and family, to identify what their hopes and aspirations are for their future lives.
These aims/outcomes are developed into a personal support plan which indicates how this will be achieved. The plan provides us with an agreement about not only what has to be achieved, but also who needs to do it, what things need to be in place and when and how the outcomes will be met.
At Potential Living we work with people to explore what natural resources and assets they already have, either in their family or community life and blend this with direct support and technology, where this is appropriate, to ensure that the maximum benefit can be realised from the money they have available for support.