Support in Mind Scotland secure Self Management Fund award We are delighted to announce that Support in Mind Scotland have been awarded £28,266.48 through Alliance Scotland’s Self Management fund. Support in Mind Scotland will use this award to fund our Caring Connections project: a Self-Management Network for Forensic Families. Caring Connections aims to improve the lives of families who live with the distress and pressure of having relatives detained compulsorily in secure care due to committing an offence whilst unwell. The project will develop a network of peer support for forensic carers – run by carers and understood by carers that will give family members support and confidence to manage stress, cope with their situation, and be more empowered to be involved in the decisions that impact on the care and treatment of their relative and the wider family. The list of awards were announced on Wednesday, 3 October at the Self Management Awards by the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport, Jeane Freeman, where she expressed Scottish Government’s ongoing support for self-management and for the Fund. 25 other new projects have been awarded a slice of the total of £650,000 through the Self Management Fund, all with the aim to transform support and integrated care for people living with long term conditions in Scotland Other projects include Families in Trauma who will develop an online support workshop for families; Deafblind Scotland who are delivering and developing a personal safety course and resources; and Greenock Morton Community Trust who will develop bespoke Football Fans in Training Programme for people living with learning disabilities. This funding, administered by the Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (the ALLIANCE), is made possible by the continued support and investment from the Scottish Government of £2million annually (of which £1.5m is already allocated to existing projects), as well as an additional investment of £150,000 from the William Grant Foundation. The Fund provides a unique opportunity for people with long term conditions to lead the way in partnership with community and voluntary organisations to transform self management in Scotland by developing and embedding existing approaches as well as trialling new ways of working. The ALLIANCE Chief Executive Ian Welsh said the fund “continues to drive the self management agenda founded on the idea that people are leading partners in the management of their own conditions”and “is providing a huge boost to the types of support in our communities which enhance and strengthen integrated care for people living with long term conditions and their unpaid carers based on the principles of self management.” Nick Addington, Chief Executive, William Grant Foundation said: “We believe people who are disabled and those living with long term conditions are best placed to determine what matters to them in living well with their condition. We are delighted that our contribution to the ALLIANCE’s Self Management Fund is enabling more organisations around the country to partner with people to maintain their well-being and improve quality of life.” A full list of awards can be found here. More information on the Self Management Fund can be found here. More information on Caring Connections can be found here.