Self Directed Support

Do you want to direct your own care and support? Are there things you want to do but can’t get the support? Is there something about your current support that you would like to be done differently?

Self Directed Support is new legislation that came into force on April 1st 2014. Find out about SDS and what options are available with our guide. 


How can Birchwood Highland Help?


Birchwood Highland provides services to a number of people accessing help through SDS using the different options. Many people choose to use the Individual Service Fund as an option giving them a lot of flexibility with a peace of mind as we will deal with all the invoicing and accounts.  

We provide services to individuals at all stages in their life, including young people in transition from school and to adult services. Our services include all types of social support, such as housing support and care at home, including personal care. There is no older age limit on the people we can provide support to. 

If you would like to receive more information about our services and how to access these through SDS, please get in touch.

Further Information

For more detailed information about Self Directed Support and what it could mean for you – or the person you care for – please visit the Self Directed Support website at 

The Self Directed Support website allows you to download copies of the Social Care (Self-directed Support) (Scotland) Act 2013, and access information for people who are thinking of directing their own support. The website also contains information for carers and professionals.

We have produced an information leaflet on Self Directed Support, which you can download here (PDF file), and you can also download a flyer containing the image displayed above. There is also an information pack you can download. 

Birchwood Highland is able and would be happy to provide services to anyone with Self Directed Support under any of the funding options. To discuss this further, please contact the Team Manager in your area, whose contact details can be found here.