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Angela is founding Board member of Self Directed Support Scotland and interim Chair. Her day job is Support Services Manager at Glasgow Centre for Inclusive Living where she manages three Support Teams in Glasgow, East Dunbartonshire and South Lanarkshire to support people with information and advice about SDS.
Angela is also a founding Board member and current Convenor of Glasgow Disability Alliance (GDA). She has been working in the field of disability equality and independent living for more than 30 years. She previously worked in social work and third sector organisations, promoting equality, rights and the participation of disabled people in society with the support they need to do this.
As a disabled person I am passionate about organisations controlled and led by disabled people.
In her spare time, Angela enjoys socialising, reading, spending time with family and has recently became a grandparent for the first time to a beautiful baby boy!
Brenda Garrard has recently become a member of the SDSS management committee.
Brenda has worked for PAMIS (Promoting a More Inclusive Society) since 2001 and is committed to improving the lives of people who have profound and multiple learning disabilities and their family carers. She has worked on a number of various projects with PAMIS and is presently the manager of the PAMIS Self-Directed Support (SDS) project.
Enabling people with PMLD to access a life worth living is at the forefront of all PAMIS work. Self-directed Support and the ethos and vision behind SDS should enable all people with disabilities access to services that offer choice control and the necessary flexibility to not only receive appropriate care but to empower all to engage in society as valued citizens regardless of ability or disability.
Partnership working and supporting those who are committed to support the drive to make Self-Directed Support successful is important. PAMIS’ involvement with Self-Directed Support Scotland, as a member organisation, has been beneficial on many levels. As a member of the SDSS management committee Brenda hopes that she can contribute effectively to the work of the SDSS Team and in so doing contribute to positive change to the way people who require community support access and experience the SDS journey.
Joanne is Self Directed Support Scotland’s Treasurer. Over the last 25 years, Joanne has worked for a variety of Third Sector/Voluntary organisations. Starting out as an employability advisor with Castlemilk Economic Development Agency, supporting long-term unemployed / disabled people into employment, training and education. Following this, she spent some time at a Money Advice Centre, Carers Centre before commencing her current role at Take Control East Dunbartonshire.
Joanne started at Take Control as an advisor, bringing her personal experiences as a young/adult carer and managing an SDS Direct Payment package for a parent to the role, and has progressed to Co-ordinator at Take Control East Dunbartonshire.
In her spare time, Joanne enjoys hill walking, mindfulness in nature and meditation.
Ged came to Scotland to work in care in 1983. He started in Care Management in 1987, building a service up from scratch for disabled people. By 2005 they were providing care and support via Residential, Respite, and Individual Services.
In February of 2005 Ged had a brain haemorrhage. This left him in a coma for five weeks and when he came out of it, had lost abilities in many areas. Thankfully, Ged has recovered ability in all areas. Many people helped him; and with a direct payment he was able to control his own support.