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SDS Collective Launch – 21st November in Glasgow – be there!

Date posted: November 5, 2018

Launch of the SDS Collective!

The SDS Collective is a group of advocacy and campaigning organisations which have come together to promote improved practice in the development of Self-Directed Support in Scotland.

Recognising that Self-Directed Support is the mainstream form of social care provision in Scotland, the SDS Collective exists to address the restrictions on choice and control experienced by a range of individuals and families in the context of the implementation of Self-Directed Support in Scotland, and to share solutions and remedies.

Campaign Launch:

Date: Wednesday 21st November

Time: 11.30am – 3.30pm

Location: Cumbrae House 15, Carlton Court, Glasgow, Glasgow, G5 9JP

We are particularly keen to involve people using social care services and carers.

We aim to:

  1. Uphold Scotland’s Self-Directed Support policy, the values and principles contained within the legislation and guidance, and the aspiration that people should be genuinely in control of their own support.
  2. To restore and establish the proper balance of power between individuals and families and the public bodies that serve them.
  3. To foster the local capacity of individuals and families to articulate their views on what is happening and assert their right to better outcomes.
  4. To build a collective capacity to assert legal authority and human rights.
  5. To bring poor and discriminatory practice to the attention of the relevant regulatory, professional and governmental bodies, and to suggest remedies, especially in relation to:
  • instances where legislation and guidance are ignored;
  • restrictive interpretations of legislation and guidance; and
  • gaps in the knowledge and understanding of workers.

The event is for anyone who might be receiving social care support, their carers and people working for Independent SDS Information, Advice and Advocacy organisations and projects, supporting people to access the support that they need.

We want to hear about people’s experiences and to see how we can work together to identify the priorities for change and to support each other to enable this change to happen.

Places are going fast, so to book a place for the event just sign up here at the Eventbrite page.

If all places get taken and you would still like to be involved in the SDS Collective and future events, just let Mark Han-Johnston know at:

Email: mark@sdsscotland.org.uk

Tel: (0131) 475 2623

SDSS AGM 2018: Programme launch!

Date posted: October 25, 2018

SDSS are delighted to release the full programme for our upcoming AGM on Thursday 1st November which will be an opportunity for members to  discuss the last year and hear more about upcoming SDSS research. This event will give members an exclusive look at our new and improved website and database for Independent Support. During the afternoon session delegates will have the opportunity to participate in a series of practical workshops exploring Option 2, data protection, advocacy for children and young people, challenging barriers and the new National Implementation Plan. Click here to view the full programme.

A reminder to members that booking closes tomorrow the 25th October at 5pm, book your place here now!

The venue.

The AGM will take place at Eastwood house in Giffnock, East Renfrewshire are co-hosts are local members SDS Forum East Renfrewshire. 

Getting there.

Parking

There is a car park serving Eastwood House at the rear of the building. In addition there are five spaces for disabled badge holders and these are located at the main entrance of the house. These spaces are specifically marked and for use by disabled badge holders. Drivers are asked to ensure their cars do not obstruct the entrance or exit areas and do not interfere with pedestrian movement.

Public transport 

The nearest train station is Giffnock, which can be accessed via Glasgow Central Station.

From Giffnock train station you can walk directly to the venue via Fenwick Road which will take 25 minutes

The bus number 38 will take you towards the venue via Fenwick road, you should depart the bus at Berryhill Road, the venue is a short walk from there.

Alternatively if you would like to get a taxi to the venue local taxi numbers are:

Eastwood Mearns: 0141 644 5353 (a number of accessible vehicles available)

East Ren taxis: 0141 644 0404

Hampden cabs: 0141 429 1122 (a number of accessible vehicles available)

If you have any queries about getting to the venue do not hesitate to contact Anna. 

Call to action! Scrap the Care Tax – Don’t tax us to go to the toilet!

Date posted: October 18, 2018

Nicola Sturgeon, what would you say if you were taxxed to go to the toilet?

The Scottish Government’s proposal to extend Free Personal Care means that disabled people will still have to pay hundreds of pounds a month for their social care, including if they need help to use the toilet when out and about.

On October 23rd a protest will be taking place to ask the Scottish Government to end all social care charges. You can find out more about the event here. 

This protest will see the launch of a new video by Kiana Kalantar-Hormozi calling on Nicola Sturgeon to step in now and fix this. Join us and others involved in the campaign outside the Scottish Parliament for this important protest.

The Power of Partners in Policymaking event, book now!

Date posted: October 17, 2018

Partners in Policy Making logo
In Control Scotland an hosting expo in Glasgow on Friday 26th October 2018 at the Scottish Youth Theatre in Glasgow about the power of Partners in Policymaking. The aim is both to raise awareness of Partners in Policymaking and to share some of the positive changes the programme has made in the lives of graduates, their families and in Scotland on both a local and national level. You can book here.
The expo will be themed around the Partners journey and for each weekend topic there will be an area where graduates and past speakers will be available to talk to visitors about what they learnt that weekend and to answer their questions about how participating in Partners affected their journey. The expo is being opened by Christine McKelvie, Minister for Older People and Equalities.The full programme can be accessed here. 

New SDS Implementation Plan, what’s next?

Date posted: October 16, 2018

change map logo

Many of you will have been involved in the development of the existing SDS Implementation Plan and will be wondering what next for SDS implementation?

The current Implementation Plan runs from 2016-2018, and Scottish Government wants to hear from you on what is working well, what needs to change at national level, and what you would like to see in the Implementation Plan 2019-2021.

As part of the conversation, Scottish Government is seeking people views on the new Change Map for SDS. This document aims to capture the changes needed for successful implementation of SDS. Your views are sought on whether or not this document captures the right things, as well as which of the outcomes you believe you contribute to, to start the conversation about the new SDS Implementation Plan. Karen Geekie, from the Sottish Government SDS Policy Team, will be attending SDSS AGM and there will be an opportunity for members to join her in a workshop as part of the engagement around the new national implementation plan for SDS.

The Scottish Government will also be hosting two events on this later in the year, as well as launching an online survey to ensure as many people as possible can join the conversation, so please look out for further details on these, coming soon!

Have your say about local communities deciding their own future.

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The Scottish Government is consulting on local decision making in Scotland, saying:

‘In recent years, something has begun to change. There is a growing recognition that it is often better for decisions about the issues that affect different communities in Scotland to be taken with more active involvement of those communities. Whether that is communities in different places organising at a very local level, or communities with a shared interest organising at a more regional level. This enables public services to work in ways which meet local circumstances and reflect the priorities of different communities.

Citizens are also getting involved in many different ways to decide what will most help their community, neighbourhood, or town to thrive. For example, Scotland has a vibrant Community Development Trust movement, community based Housing Associations deliver much more than affordable housing, and early interest in Participatory Budgeting shows people want a direct say over how public money is used in their area.

All of this is a matter of democracy, and democracy matters. But for many people, decision-making can feel like something that happens far away. And for some groups, like disabled people, ethnic minorities or those living with poverty, there are barriers to getting equally involved.’

We would like to encourage you to take part in this consultation, and you can find out more here.

Responses can be submitted by email: democracymatters@gov.scot and you can join the online conversation, submitting your thoughts and ideas here.

If you want to hold a community conversation (remembering that a community can be a community of interest, not just a geographic community) and submit a community response, to help cover any costs associated with running community events you can apply to the Democracy Matters: Community Engagement Fund.

The deadline for responses is the end of November 2018.

SDSS are keen to submit a response to this consultation as well, so please do share your thoughts and ideas with us too, and let us know if you would like us to hold an event to discuss ideas further: jess@sdsscotland.org.uk

The Independent Review of learning disability and autism in the mental health act

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The Independent Review of learning disability and autism in the mental health act logo

The Independent Review of learning disability and autism in the mental health act is looking at whether this law needs to change for people with autism or people with learning disability. The review is looking at whether the law promotes and protects people’s human rights. If the review finds that the law needs to change to promote and protect human rights, they will work through how the law needs to change. At the end of the review, they will make recommendations to the Minister for Mental Health in the Scottish Government.

You can find out more about the review here: www.irmha.scot

The website includes easy read and plain English written information, along with video content and links to our surveys, which are now live.

The review is now ready to take evidence and Stage 1 involves gathering evidence about people’s direct experience of the Mental Health Act in relation to learning disability and autism.

We would like to encourage all people with direct experience to take part in this stage, including:

  • people with lived experience
  • carers
  • professionals

Please could you support the review by sharing this update with your members and via your networks.

Disabled Persons Organisations are also being invited to take part in the survey on behalf of their members. Guidance about the definition of a Disabled Persons Organisation is contained within the survey.

You may also want to support your members to take part as individuals, for example by supporting people to complete a survey or by contacting the Review on their behalf to arrange a visit.

You can find the link to the survey here: https://www.irmha.scot/get-involved/surveys/

 

PVG consultation: report now published.

Date posted: October 10, 2018

Disclosure Scotland logo. PVG scheme consultation.

The Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme was launched in 2011 and is managed by Disclosure Scotland to help ensure people whose behaviour makes them unsuitable to work with children or protected adults can’t do regulated work with these vulnerable groups. On 25 April 2018, the Scottish Government launched a consultation on how they can simplify and improve the disclosure regime in Scotland, including the Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme. The report is now published and Scottish Ministers’ response to this consultation report will be published at a later date.

Our members took part in this consultation and now that the responses and report have now been published and members might like to see it. We will continue working with Disclosure Scotland to ensure the issues our members raised are taken into account going forward and we will keep members up to date on progress, particularly once Ministers respond to this report.

 

 

 

 

 

National programme to support adult social care reform: have your say!

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The Scottish Government and COSLA (The Convention of Scottish Local Authorities) are seeking views and input on the development of a national programme to support adult social care reform. You can find out more about what the Scottish Government and COSLA are asking here

SDSS will be responding on behalf of our members, so we would like to invite you to come and talk to us about social care and how it could be better. We would like to hear the views of our member organisations before we respond at the end of October, so we are hosting three events for you, your members and service users, your colleagues, your management committee and your volunteers. You only need to come to one event, whichever suits you best:

Monday 22nd October, 2 High Street, Perth, 12 – 2pm. You can book at here.

Thursday 25th October, GCiL, Glasgow, 11 – 1pm. You can book here. 

Friday 26th October, Norton Park, Edinburgh, 11 – 1pm. You can book here.

During these events we would like you to share your views of the following with us:

  • What is your experience of the current social care system and its challenges and opportunities?
  • What should the shared vision / common outcomes for adult social care be? How should that be developed?
  • What should the priorities be for the national reform programme in the short, medium and long term?
  • What potential pitfalls might arise?
  • What would you like to see in the refreshed implementation plan for SDS (2019 – 2021)?

Really, what we want to hear are your experiences of the system and your views of how it can be improved, and, specifically, how a national reform programme can support those changes. You do not need to know lots about policy to join in this discussion, you need to know how adult social care is working or not working for you, people you care for, or people you work with.

You will remember that the recent Programme for Government also announced that the Scottish Government ‘will also gather views and consider evidence for a potential new national scheme to provide extra financial support to people with the highest social care needs, so that they can choose to live independently in their homes and in their local communities.’ so there will also be the chance as part of these conversations to discuss your initial thoughts on this.

Please come along, join the conversation and make sure SDSS’ response on this fully reflects the views of our members.

SDSS AGM 2018: Getting out of the Woods

Date posted: October 3, 2018

SDSS AGM 2018: Getting out of the Woods

The SDSS AGM 2018 ‘Getting out of the woods’ is a members only event and an opportunity to discuss the work of SDSS over the last 12 months, highlight key achievements and challenges and for members to have a say about the future work and governance of SDSS.

We are hosting this year’s AGM in partnership with a local member SDS Forum East Renfrewshire to showcase their work in the area.

This event will also be the official launch of our new website and improved searchable database for Independent Support. We will also launch our new joint research project with The Alliance ‘My Support, My Choice.’

Practical workshops and networking opportunities along with lunch and refreshments will be provided.

This event is wheelchair accessible, there will be a number of Personal Assistants available at the venue.

Tickets can be booked online here. Support for registering online is available on 0131 475 2623 – 09.30-16:30

 

Programme

10:00 Registration

10.30 Morning plenary session.

11.30 AGM

12.00 SDS research plenary

13.00 Website launch

13.15 Working lunch- meet the researcher and try our new site!

14.45 Workshop session

15.45 Final questions, feedback and evaluation.

16.00 Event close

 

Confirmed Speakers:

 

Confirmed Speakers on SDS research:

  • Dr Dianne Theakstone Research Officer, Self Directed Support Scotland and Colin Young, Senior Policy Officer, The Alliance. Introducing a new joint research project ‘My Support, My Choice;.’
  • Mary Njoki of Stirling University

 

Confirmed workshops:

Please note a full programme will be announced in due course.

 

The AGM.

The primary contact from any full membership organisation will have the opportunity to vote during our AGM. Votes are assigned as follows:

  • 2 votes for full type A members
  • 1 vote for full type B members

If the primary contact from your organisation is unable to join they are able to pass their vote to somebody else from the organisation, please let us know on the booking form if you will be voting on behalf of the primary contact.

Those from organisations with full membership can put themselves forward or nominate someone for the SDSS board by completing a form with two accompanying signatures from their own management board. Please note that an organisation can only have one representative on the board. Organisations currently represented are as follows:

  • DICE
  • DPHS Fife
  • Take Control East Dunbartonshire
  • Glasgow Centre for Inclusive Living
  • DG Voice
  • Lothian Centre for Inclusive Living
  • PAMIS

If you would be interested in joining our board or nominating someone please download and complete the form here. 

 

Getting there.

Parking

There is a car park serving Eastwood House at the rear of the building. In addition there are five spaces for disabled badge holders and these are located at the main entrance of the house. These spaces are specifically marked and for use by disabled badge holders. Drivers are asked to ensure their cars do not obstruct the entrance or exit areas and do not interfere with pedestrian movement.

Public transport 

The nearest train station is Giffnock, which can be accessed via Glasgow Central Station.

From Giffnock train station you can walk directly to the venue via Fenwick Road which will take 25 minutes

The bus number 38 will take you towards the venue via Fenwick road, you should depart the bus at Berryhill Road, the venue is a short walk from there.

Alternatively if you would like to get a taxi to the venue local taxi numbers are:

Eastwood Mearns: 0141 644 5353 (a number of accessible vehicles available)

East Ren taxis: 0141 644 0404

Hampden cabs: 0141 429 1122 (a number of accessible vehicles available)

If you have any queries about getting to the venue do not hesitate to contact Anna.