New funding has been announced for organisations that support people with choices over their social care
Organisations that support people with choices over their social care have received a funding boost.
Funding for 31 third sector projects in social care has been extended to March 2022 with the announcement of an additional £2.9 million of Scottish Government backing.
The Support in the Right Direction programme was initially funded until March 2021, and is provided by the Scottish Government in conjunction with Inspiring Scotland. The programme helps organisations who provide information, advice and advocacy to people accessing and managing their social care across Scotland.
Organisations that receive funding through the project include the Thistle Foundation, Shetland Community Connections and East Ayrshire Carers Centre.
The government has said the 12-month extension will enable project staff to continue vital work helping people and carers navigate their way through the social care system, make the most of the self-directed support options available to them, and access the support and care they need in their community.
Health secretary Jeane Freeman said: “The programme has consistently demonstrated the benefits of ensuring supported people have practical information and advocacy to live their lives.
“Independent advice and advocacy, plus support to make connections in their community, relieves stress and anxiety and helps people and carers maximise their choices and control over their arrangements, which is key to Scotland’s social care system.
“I am grateful to Inspiring Scotland and the individual projects for continuing this vital work and providing additional support to our social care sector.”
Inspiring Scotland chief executive Celia Tennant added: “We’re very pleased that all 31 Support in the Right Direction projects will receive funding for a further 12 months. This announcement recognises the importance of independent support for people, as part of local health and social care delivery, and provides some stability for these essential charities.”