How to set up my Direct Payments
A direct payment is sometimes called option 1 of self directed support. You can receive a direct payment when you are eligible for social care support, this is decided with an assessment from a Social Worker. The assessment will look at how much support you need, they will then allocate you a budget.
You can use the budget to meet those support needs. This allows you to be in control of the support that you use and gives you more flexibility to meet your individual needs.
Shetland Islands Council have a good leaflet that you may want to look at:
Sometimes it can seem daunting to set up a direct payment, but here at Shetland Community Connections we provide independent support to guide you through the initial set up to ensure that this is not a barrier to you making this choice.
We have provided a checklist of things that you will need to do in order to get your Direct Payment up and running (to the left hand side on a computer or top of page on a mobile device)
We can support you through this process if you need - please Get in touch if you would like our help.