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Learning Disability Day Support Collaborative Project

Welcome to the Learning Disability Day Support Collaborative Project Page. 

We wish to  share with you this exciting new national co-design project with the people of Perth & Kinross who access day services, their families, support workers and our local partners. This page  will create a space to share the story so far.... what the vision is and why it matters.







What is the Project?

The Learning Disability Day Support Collaborative will focus on exploring opportunities for transforming services to best meet the needs of supported people and their unpaid carers/families.   

Perth and Kinross Health and Social care Partnership was chosen to be part of the  Learning Disability Day Support Collaborative  Project and will work alongside another Falkirk, North Ayrshire and Lothian Health and Social Care Partnerships,  with support Healthcare Improvement Scotland iHub.

The collaborative aim to  define and plan their approach to the future delivery of day support for adults with learning disability to best meet the needs of individuals and their families/carers. The project team all bring skills and expertise in service design, commissioning, strategic planning, engagement, quality improvement and community led approaches. 





What is Collaboration?

  what makes co-production different from participation?

Please watch this video form the Social Care Institute for Excellence which describes what co-production is and how to develop co-productive approaches to working with people who use services and carers. It explains the difference between co-production and participation.





Why it Matters?

Co-design and Coproduction is about bringing people and organisations together around a shared vision.   It encourages people from different backgrounds and lived experiences to work together in an more inclusive space and create meaningful supports and services. Enabling everyone once to contribute equally their  skills, gifts and knowledge. Collaboration can bring new ideas and opportunities,  empowering individuals to have more choice and control over the services they wish to access in the community.


Key Principles we aim to achieve: 

  • Collaboration, trust and empowerment: defining the culture
  • Equality and asset focused: people are treated as equals, building on their strengths and gifts
  • Ensure a range of support options are available to enable adult with learning disabilities to have choice and control as outline in the values of Self-Directed Support, which underpins the reform of adult social care in Scotland. 
  • Support carers/family members to access a break from caring through the provision of day support.
  • Support people to be fully involved in decision making and the co-design of local solutions/services to support them. 
  • Develop effective collaborative working across the full range of local providers.






The Story of Co-Design by thinkpublic

Please watch this short video on co-design and why it matters.






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''we provide a single platform for reporting what's happening, sharing ideas and providing insight and analysis about the organisations and people delivering health and care across Scotland – and all those who support them.''

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Derek Sivers introduced 'first follower theory' at the 2010 TED (technology, entertainment, design) conference.   According to Sivers, the first follower is what transforms an individual with a unique idea into a leader.

Please watch this short TED Talk video 'How to start a movement' by Derek Sivers which explains the theory. 







Coming soon a podcast with the Project Team.....






Click on the box  to meet the project team and read their individual stories.....   


Meet the Project Team









Service Design Tools 

To enable the project team with a starting point, explore who we are and what we stand for, we used a Happy Start Up Canvas .  This was developed by the The Happy Start Up School and enabled us to explore  'What is our Story,  Our Purpose, Vision and Values' on this journey.      



We became involved to enable the voices of those with LD/other disabilities and their parents/carers/loved ones.   True Collaboration and Co-design empowering change, embracing choice through coming together.




To enable people with learning and other disabilities and their parents/carers/loved ones to “have a good life”, promote aspiration and integration within their community.





To co-design new day activities with people who have lived experiences. Individuals with learning disabilities and learning difficulties are empowered to choose what supports they wish to have within their communities.



Equality, Inclusion and Aspiration.

Trust, Empathy, Fairness, Integrity, Creativity   

Bring people together

Person Centred 






We know that there are many different experiences, perspectives and stories which could influence our work.

When embracing a project like this, to enable change to happen and to support people to live their life, we need to be honest about our assumptions, preconceived ideas and limited insight.

We want to enhance all our experiences and to do this we need to listen, empathise, embrace diversity and create a space where the many perspectives which exist are included.

We like this TED talk by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, where she shares her experience and emphasises the importance of listening to the many stories and ‘The danger of the single story’  






Resources to Explore


Scottish Governments 2020 Vision Everyone Matters

Scotland's Health and Social Care Standards

Keys to Life Strategy

Scottish Strategy for Autism 2018 - 2021

 Self-Directed Support Strategy 2010 -2020

A Fairer Scotland for Disabled People

National Standards for Community Engagement Charter

 Carers Act Scotland 2016

Procurement Reform/Scotland Act



If you are interested to find out more about this work or if you live in P&K and would like to share your story or have ideas about getting involved, please contact us at: