The Voluntary Sector Development Fund (VSDF) – apply for funding now to assist staff obtain required qualifications

The Scottish Government have confirmed the VSDF will be available again this year to support a range of voluntary sector organisations providing social services which are registered with the Care Inspectorate.
The priority groups of workers eligible for support through VSDF funding this year, as agreed by Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) Coalition of Care and Support Providers in Scotland (CCPS) and Scottish Government, are as follows:

  • Staff in Housing Support/Care at Home Services – VSDF is open to Supervisors and Support Workers. Priority will be given to funding for Supervisors.
  • Assessors – VSDF is available to support the costs of an assessor qualification for staff working within any of the eligible sectors described above.

VSDF is available to contribute to the costs associated with meeting the required registration qualification criteria set by the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) and assists employers in achieving a qualified workforce; small and medium-sized organisations in particular are encouraged to apply.
VSDF is to assist with the costs of Scottish Vocational Qualifications, Management Awards and Professional Development Awards. The priority is to support as many staff as possible to meet the required registration qualification within the funding available and to achieve value for money.  Guidance notes and application form are available on the SSSC website completed applications must be sent to VSDF@scotland.gsi.gov.uk  by 2 September 2016.