Inverurie self-directed support event

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Aberdeenshire Council is holding an information session in Inverurie on April 26 at the Harlaw Day Centre, to provide information to residents about self directed support and what it means for those receiving care services or caring for someone or who may be eligible for services.

Self-directed support is about giving people who need care more choice and control about what kind of support they receive and how it is delivered.

For instance, someone who currently attends a day service could instead be given a budget to manage and build their own care package to include an art class within a local college instead.

Each care situation in Aberdeenshire will be assessed to look at four different ways of directing support with varied degrees of control by either the service user or a care manager.

A Self-Directed Support Bill is currently passing through the Scottish Parliament and follows a national strategy for self directed support produced by the Scottish Government to make this approach central to the way care is provided in Scotland.

The Bill imposes a duty on local authorities to offer self directed support and provide information and advice about the various options available to people. More information is available on 01467 629034 or emailing selfdirectedsupport@aberdeenshire.gov.uk