Quarterly update March 2014

Doesn’t it seem like winter is almost over? Spring time seems to be here! We are pleased to bring our March quarterly update on a sunny afternoon

Back in January we had our Development Day – this is a great opportunity for our staff and board members to meet in one big room and discuss what the next steps for the project will be. We had loads of great ideas going round the room and hope that over the year we can report back on some of them. Our Engagement and Involvement team created a row of bunting where everyone contributed their ideas – and we thought this social media themed piece would be ideal for posting here

We had a group of advocacy workers go through Mental Health First Aid training in February. This training is about giving our workers the knowledge and skills to remove stigma and fear of mental health issues, and gain confidence in approaching a person in distress. You can read more on their website here: http://www.smhfa.com/

In February, Annemarie from our Glasgow team attended a national conference about Mental Health and well-being in later life called: Caring and Connecting As We Age. Topics included the consultation on new carer’s legislation, active healthy ageing, and a campaign to end loneliness. Annemarie heard from speakers that some older people do not identify themselves as carers, which can prevent them from accessing help and support. Participants on the day spoke about the importance of listening to older people’s views and the need to value older people and their contribution more in society

We have had a few visitors to the office in the past three months to share their knowledge with us on specialist subjects. In addition to the Information Commissioner’s Office visit (which we wrote about here, we also had a presentation from the Care Inspectorate on their role in the care home sector, and finally a talk from Your Voice advocacy on the Children’s Hearings system from the perspective of a young person or child. Thanks again to everyone that visited us in sunny Glasgow

Come back in July to read our next instalment, and thanks for reading!