Self Directed Support (SDS Team) – Highland Council

Advice and information on direct payments for people living in the Highland area

Services provided:

The Highland Council shares the Scottish Government’s commitment to increasing the uptake of direct payments. Those eligible are disabled adults and children and those who are over 65 years of age who are assessed as needing care services. Direct payments enable individuals to direct and manage the community care they receive, using any necessary support they need to do this. The aim is to help increase the flexibility, choice and control people have over their lives, so that they can live more independently.  Information offering advice to people who are thinking about being in charge of their own social care support, or who are already doing so but have questions about the process, is available in the Scottish Government User’s Guide to Self-Directed Support in Scotland.

The direct payments process starts when The Highland Council Social Work Service assesses individuals as needing care services, people can then decide to become responsible for buying some or all of the care that they need. Direct payments can be used to buy services from an agency, a private or voluntary organisation, or to employ staff such as a personal assistant.

Opening hours:

Monday – Friday, 9.00am – 5.00pm.


Social Work Services
Kinmylies Building
Leachkin Road

Phone: 01463 703 424

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