Self-Directed support

We can support you to make the most of your individual budget and ensure that you are supported in the way that you want to be.

What is self-directed support (SDS)?

Self-directed support (sometimes called SDS, personalisation, direct payments or individual budgets) gives you choice and control so you can get the support you need to live the life you want.  We can provide the services you want and match these to your SDS funding.


To find out if you are eligible, you can contact your local social work office/care manager to discuss and arrange an assessment of your care needs.

If you have had an assessment of your care needs and have been assessed as needing services, you are very likely to be eligible for self-directed support.

This assessment will identify the support you. This will involve you and your care manager, and may also involve people in your life such as family and friends.

Following this assessment, you will be allocated a personal budget that will detail how much money may be available to allow you to begin planning your support.

There are different ways to manage your budget and support:

  • You may choose to manage this yourself or with the help of family or friends.
  • You may choose to have your support managed by a provider such as Quarriers.
  • You may choose your local authority/care manager to manage support best to your needs.
  • Or have a mixture of the above.

Individual support

Once you know how much money is available, you will develop a plan. This will involve thinking about how you want to spend your personal budget, what is important to you or and any changes that you want to make. Once this plan has been agreed with your care manager, it will be reviewed regularly to make sure it continues to meet your needs.

Once your plan has been agreed, your care manager will arrange for the money to be paid either to you or to whoever you have agreed will manage the money for you. Your care and support can then be organised.

Quarriers staff

Yes. All of the people we support and their families can get involved in the recruitment process.

Yes. All staff have to complete a PVG check, and we carefully screen references. We also have a thorough process for recruiting and selecting the right kind of people to work with you.

Yes. All of our staff meet the national qualification requirements. Our staff undertake mandatory training including:

  • emergency first aid
  • principles of self-directed support
  • fire safety awareness
  • child/adult protection

If you need your support staff to have specialist skills, we also offer a range of training in:

  • safer handling
  • autism awareness
  • administration of medication
  • strategies for crisis prevention and intervention and/or CALM
  • epilepsy and rescue medication
  • autism awareness
  • head injury awareness

Quarriers services

Yes. All Quarriers services are registered with the Care Inspectorate in Scotland. Reports on each service are available on their website.

Yes. All Quarriers services are registered with the Care Inspectorate in Scotland. Reports on each service are available on their website.

This depends on what kind of support you are looking for and where you live. We will discuss this with you and provide you with a full written agreement.

The cost includes the staff who will work directly with you. If you would like, we can also arrange volunteers to support you at no additional charge.

Self-directed support allows you to choose your own level of control. If you are managing your own budget, we will invoice you for the services you receive on a monthly basis and will agree a suitable payment method with you.