Pilotlight blog

January 21, 2016 … Self-directed support is Scottish government legislation and aims to give people more choice and control over their care and support services in Scotland. People in recovery from alcohol and drug misuse can get self-...


January 13, 2016 … In this post I am going to focus on self-directed support and risk enablement. In January 2013 my then 85 year old aunt was diagnosed with vascular dementia. As increasing numbers of us are aware such news is at the...


December 21, 2015 … In theory self directed support seems to be the ideal step forward for people suffering problems with addiction, alcoholism or depression but like all such schemes it has its failings.  This project seems to be single...


December 1, 2015 … I liken SDS in addictions to that new pair of running shoes currently sitting in my cupboard unused. Those shoes offer so much potential to improve my life but I’ve yet to overcome the barriers to actually go out for a...


November 19, 2015 … Pilotlight is a co-design project. We are designing together with people who access supports and people who deliver them. We are using the UK Design Council’s ‘Double Diamond’ methodology. As part of the ‘Discover’...


November 5, 2015 … Over the past three years, Pilotlight has brought together commissioners, deliverers and users of services to research and design some of the different pathways to self-directed support. With its new round of funding,...


May 27, 2014 … As a commissioner of support services it can be easy to feel like the work we do is somehow removed from the people who need to use those services… As a person who works for a living it can be easy to lose sight of the...


May 8, 2014 … In order to truly explore and understand how the people around you are living their lives and the issues they may face on a day to day basis, leads to one answer. The best way to experience this is through stepping...


April 29, 2014 … I think using different ideas to pull the group together in the beginning was crucial in providing opportunity for relationships to grow. The group being compiled of service providers, commissioners and service users...


April 17, 2014 … IRISS have delivered various methods to our group who are focusing on setting up small businesses through the use of Self Directed Support budgets.  Through the use of creative tools, such as the Six Hat Thinking* and...


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