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HAVING the right information at the right time can make a huge difference when you are looking after someone. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Carers rights movement.

As an organisation which was initially established in the 1970s following an article written in The Times about the dilemmas faced by carers and families of people diagnosed with schizophrenia, Support in Mind Scotland continues to be passionate about empowering mental health Carers by ensuring they are aware of their rights and supporting them to exercise them.

Feedback from Carers registered with our Tayside services highlighted that they felt an information session would be beneficial due to the number of changes occurring including amendments to the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003, and the introduction of the Carers Bill. They also welcomed the opportunity for a regional event to network with and meet Carers from other areas.

Acting on this feedback we worked with partners Penumbra to mark Carers Rights Day by facilitating a half day programme at the Queen's Hotel in Dundee with speakers Frances Simpson, CEO - Support in Mind Scotland; Alexis Chapelle, Services Manager and Chair of the Carers Strategy Partnership, Social Work Services, Dundee City Council; and Iain Cairns from the Mental Welfare Commission. The speakers highlighted to Carers how these changes will affect them and those who they support, to promote local sources of guidance and support available and how to access them.

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Each year Carers Rights Day is marked across the UK bringing Carer Support organisations together to help carers in their local community know their rights and find out how to get the help and support they are entitled to. This is especially important as;

Every year, more than 2 million people take on a new caring role. Many struggle to navigate the maze of services and entitlements, and miss out on financial and practical support as a result. And it’s not just people who are new to caring – even those who have been caring for years sometimes aren’t aware of all their entitlements.

Caring can bring all kinds of challenges. We want every carer to know where to turn for advice, information and support, whether in their local community or online.

Carers Rights Day raises awareness of the needs of carers with the public, decision makers and professionals, helping us realise our vision of a society that respects, values and supports carers.

We were delighted that this partnership event was well attended and representative across the region, with feedback highlighting the benefit of sharing current information on Carers Rights and sources of support and information. 

A commitment was made on the day to host further information sessions in locality areas across Tayside in 2016, in order to reach as any Carers as possible.

Also at our Carers Rights Day Event, we held a very successful bring & buy sale for the 1 IN 100 fundraising and awareness campaign, which included home baking, handmade crafting and a  variety of other items.  We raised £273.86 and would like to extend a huge thanks to all those in attendance on the day for their generous  contributions. 

1 in 100 people in Scotland will experience schizophrenia at some point in their lives.  As part of Support in Mind Scotland’s 1 IN 100 awareness raising campaign, our 100 events in 100 days began on World Mental Health Day 10 October 2015.

On Saturday 10th October 2015 Support in Mind Scotland will be walking to promote Dignity, the theme of this year's World Mental Health Day, for people affected by serious mental illness and their families.


For further information please visit: 

Support in Mind Scotland’s Tayside Carers Support Project were delighted to be announced as award winners, under the category for Carer and Young Carer Involvement and Support, at the Mental Welfare Commission's Principles into Practice Awards Conference in Glasgow, on Friday 6th March 2015. This is fantastic recognition around the achievements of the Involvement carers engaged with the organisation across the region, the local project and generically for Tayside.


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Subsequent to this, three mental health carers from across Tayside, along with our Involvement and Support Manager, were interviewed at the University of Abertay by the Mental Welfare Commission and their film crew. A short film has now been produced and can be viewed here (3rd video down) -


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If you would like to read further information regarding the Principles into Practice Awards 2015 please visit the link below:


If you are interested in finding out more about ways to become involved across Tayside please contact the project directly on 01382 305713 / 07889 210062 or via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 




'Caring is a Journey - Can I Help You to Cope?'


Support in Mind Scotland has produced a new leaflet in collaboration with family and friends who are supporting loved ones experiencing mental illness in Tayside, with contribution locally from NHS staff. The leaflet has been produced to help those new to their caring role whilst also assisting professionals working in the mental health field.


Carers and professionals from across Tayside attended the launch of the leaflet on World Mental Health Day, Friday 10th October 2014, at the Carseview Centre in Dundee. 


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A copy of the new leaflet is available to download here - pdfCaring is a Journey - Can I Help You to Cope?


Or alternatively if you would like a copy of the leaflet please contact us on 01382 305713.

What is SDS? How will this affect the person you support?


Following the introduction of Self Directed Support on 1st April 2014, we have launched a factsheet specifically for carers around Self Directed Support (SDS).  The factsheet, found below, can also be downloaded here pdfSDS Factsheet or please get in touch if you would like to receive an electronic or paper copy.





What is Self Directed Support?

Self Directed Support (or SDS for short) is a new way to access socialcare support. SDS gives individuals eligible for social care support, the opportunity to take more control over their personal budget and how it is spent giving them more choice and flexibility over the support they receive. In addition, SDS provides individuals’ eligible for social care services the opportunity to ask the Local Authority to arrange and manage the social care support on their behalf.  


How can SDS help the person I support?

The main benefit of SDS is providing the person you support with choice, control and theflexibility to live a life which incorporates support tailored to their individual needs. This flexibility can allow the person you support to choose which support suits them as well aswhere and when they would wish to access this support. SDS can be used to purchase a wide range of services, dependant on current needs and goals, examples of this can include:-


  • In home care and support such as shopping, help with paying bills and personal care
  • Support to attend further education, training or volunteering, with a view to finding employment
  • Help and assistance with activities outwith the home such as social or cultural activities
  • Short breaks
  • Purchasing specialist equipment
  • Employing a personal assistant to help access activities.


What are the options available to the person I support for SDS?

There are four options available as follows:-


  • Option 1 - Taken as a Direct Payment (a cash payment)


The Local Authority will decide whether the needs and outcomes of the person you support can be met by a Direct Payment. If eligible, the person will be given cash in lieu of services which can be used to employ their own staff, buy support services from a care organisation or the local council or a mixture of both. Within this option the individual you support is afforded the highest level of choice and control as well as the responsibility for arranging, managing and paying for services/support.


A carer can assist the supported person to manage their budget.   If the carer is intending to manage the direct payment entirely or has requested the direct payment on behalf of the supported person, the carer requires the appropriate legal permission to do so, e.g. power of attorney or financial guardianship. 


If the supported person would like the carer to attend any of the meetings e.g. needs assessment, support plan etc, the carer can do so.                       



  • Option 2 – The individual you support directs their support but has the Local Authority arrange and manage it on their behalf


The council or funder holds the budget but the person is in charge of how it is spent (this is sometimes called an individual service fund).


The person you support is advised as to how much the budget is and chooses who provides their support and when and where this support is provided (e.g in the community in afternoons). The Local Authority then organises and pays for the support on the individual’s behalf. This money can remain with the Local Authority or can be transferred to a care organisation to hold and use for the individual.


Within option 2, a person cannot employ their own staff, although is still afforded the choice and control as to who they wish to support them, tailored to their needs.


Each local authority makes their own decisions regarding administration charges within this option. Please contact your local authority for further information.


  • Option 3 – The individual asks the Local Authority to choose, arrange and manage their support


The council selects, arranges and manages the support they feel will best meet the individual’s needs and outcomes following a conversation with the individual. The council must ensure that support services can offer different kinds of support and arrange to meet the needs of each individual person.


  • Option 4 – the final option allows the person you support to choose a mixture of the other options.

This will result in access to different types of support.


When will SDS come into effect and how will the implementation effect individuals who are already receiving services?

Self Directed Support has been implemented across Scotland with effect from 1st April 2014. This will directly impact on individuals who are new into the system and requiring support. For existing individuals, this will occur retrospectively, e.g. Local Authorities will prioritise individuals who are new into social and health services and will roll this out with existing individuals over time. It has been estimated that this may take years to complete, so this may not directly affect the person you support for some time.


For further information, please visit the website at

Alternatively, if you have additional queries regarding SDS Options (particularly Direct Payments), please contact the Direct Payments Support Service, Dundee Carers Centre on 01382 200422.  








The Project is funded by, but is independent of, NHS and local authority services.

Support in Mind Scotland is the operating name of the National Schizophrenia Fellowship (Scotland), a company limited by guarantee registered in Scotland SC088179.

Charity Number SC013649.