Quarterly update September 2013

from left to right- Valerie Campbell (Advocacy Worker) Hugh Henry (MSP) Antoinette Quinn (Service Co-ordinator) and Kenny Hay (Councillor)


Welcome to our first quarterly update! In our updates you can find information of training, conferences and outreach our staff have attended, as well as any other news from our office


  • Introduction to Personality disorder training hosted by Penumbra – attended by five members of staff from all teams, this training was to recognise different personality disorders and how those diagnosed can be affected by their diagnosis and treated by mental health professionals
  • Boundaries training day hosted by NHS – we had members from across the organisation attend this day. The aim of this training was to understand boundaries between professionals and clients, and recognising everyone has a different perspective

Our Engagement and Involvement team attended an IRISS event called ‘Tuning in: the social power of music’ which showed ways in which music making can be used as a tool to engage with people in a group setting. Ann from the team also supported Idem, a board member of the Learning Disability Alliance, to attend an event at the Scottish Parliament where he shared his experiences of welfare reform

Two members of our Glasgow and East Renfrewshire Team hosted a stall at Auchenback community safety day. This is an annual event run to promote safety in the home, streets and facilities of Auchenback and Barrhead as a whole. This was a great opportunity to meet with key agencies, MSP’s and councillors from East Renfrewshire. Valerie and Antoinette had a great day and were happy to pose for the photo above.

If you missed news of our visitors from Oxford, you can read all about it in the article below this. We hosted three members of Oxford based advocacy group My Life My Choice as they travelled the length of Britain (1285 miles!) on public transport to coincide with Learning Disability Week. Their trip was to raise awareness of the importance of public transport to the community and collect stories of what works when improving the service offered to the learning disabled by transport providers. Well done to Michael, Kevin and Dan!


We look forward to sharing our future updates with you.