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Team Blog : What have we been up to?

This time last week, the team were packing up the car to head to Crieff Hydro for the Social Services Expo. Our thoughts were dominated by calming the nerves of our impending workshop, remembering everything for our stall and figuring out how to put the hire car in reverse. I should say now that we achieved none of those things but arrived in Crieff unscathed.

The Expo began with a number of workshops which sought to display and share innovative practice in the sector. Our 50 minute session titled, “Health and Social Care; Improving Personal Outcomes,” was a chance for us to share how taking a Human Rights Based Approach in policy through the new Health and Social Care Standards and the Social Care (Self-directed Support) Scotland Act results in person centred, dignified and fulfilling care and support. We were delighted to be joined by Elaine McTaggart and Karin French, graduates of the Partners and Policymaking Programme, who shared their stories of how Self-directed Support and how the practice of individuals in the room has made an extraordinary difference to their children, Amber and Grant.

We know that there are challenges to the implementation of both Self-directed Support and the new Standards and we need to continue to work collaboratively towards alleviating these. But we made the decision that for this event, an Expo of frontline practitioners, we wanted to use the time to celebrate the incredible difference that workers delivering support in this way has made to families. And it’s not a small difference. As Elaine beautifully summed up,

“Without Self-directed Support and our practitioner fighting for us, Grant would be in full time care and his mum wouldn’t be here either. I couldn’t go on without him.”

The workshops finished at 3 pm and there was an hour to recover from a jam packed morning of learning, sharing and exploring good practice before the afternoon tea-style awards kicked off. Opened by the Minister for Childcare and Early Years, Mark McDonald MSP and hosted by Sally Magnusson, the room was buzzing with positivity and excitement. For me, this was the part of the day that I hadn’t thought too much about in advance- largely because it didn’t involve me standing up and speaking in front of 50 people- but it was definitely the highlight.

There were 10 awards up for grabs all titled unconventionally to move us away from the usual jargon- for example, an award for “Silo Busting,” rather than, “Joined up Working.” Each winning announcement was preceded by fantastic videos of the nominees in that category, made by students of Glasgow Caledonian University. This was an opportunity to showcase all of the fantastic work that’s going on and I have to say that I felt for the judging panel- I have no idea how you differentiate between all of the projects, partnerships and individuals we heard about.

Somehow the panel managed to, and huge congratulations to all of the winners: You can find them here We were especially delighted to see so many of our funded partners both nominated and taking home ‘the gold’ (or glass in this occasion!).

I’ve not been here at the Self-directed Support team for long but I’m delighted to have been able to attend the Expo. I left feeling absolutely inspired by the creativity, determination, perseverance and passion of the workforce. This blog is therefore dedicated to them.


---- Carlyn Miller, Self-directed Support team

N.B. You can see all the Nominees and winners and watch their videos on the Awards website above.


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