A FREE service available to residents in Clydebank has been praised by the town’s MSP.

SDSideas received a visit from Gil Paterson MSP so he could learn more about the service they provide for people living in West Dunbartonshire.

The group are funded by the Scottish Government to provide free, independent information on self-directed support for people who use social care services.

The government introduced the support in 2014 to give people who need a little extra help to live an independent life as well as their carers and families, more choice and control over how they receive their social care.

SDSideas advisers give information in a way that is easy to understand so that those who need support can make their own decisions about their care.

They also guide claimants through each stage of the process.

Mr Paterson said: “This is a really helpful, valuable, and free service for the residents of Clydebank.

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“The process to get social care in place can seem daunting to some people so having a friendly local service to give as little, or as much, information and guidance as is needed is very welcome.

“I would encourage anyone who is just starting to get their social care package in place as well as carers or relatives who are assisting with setting up, to get in touch with SDSideas and take advantage of the quality service they offer.

“You can also speak to advisers if you already have your social care set up and would like a review.”

For more information visit sdsideas.co.uk, email info@sdsideas.co.uk or call 0141 952 5758.

Home visits can be arranged for anyone who is unable to get to the SDSideas office at the Titan Enterprise Business Centre, Clydebank.