Author Archives: Heather Valentine

Support to Report: Don’t Stay Silent About Hate Crime

One in four disabled people were victims of hate crime last year, yet it is still massively under reported to the police. A group of people with learning disabilities, from across the West of Scotland have come together to encourage people to report disability hate crime. They have been working with The Advocacy Project and Police Scotland to raise awareness of disability hate crime and Third Party Reporting. Over the past year, the group have been delivering workshops they devised themselves to raise awareness of disability hate crime, the support people with learning disability may need to report an incident and the different ways it can be reported. The group have made a short film which looks at these issues. Now they want to use this film to spread the word further. “We want learning disability hate crime to stop!”           The Advocacy Project will be hosting the launch of the film: When: 19th May 2017 at 2pm Where: The Advocacy Project, Cumbrae House, 15 Carlton Court, Glasgow, G5 9JP Contact: Ann Lafferty 0141 420 0961 or for more information.

Mental Health Awareness Week & Action For Brain Injury Awareness Week 2017

This year, May 8-14 is both Mental Health Awareness Week and Action For Brain Injury Week. This year, the Mental Health Foundation wants to look at the idea of what good mental health is, and what both individuals and the government can do to help people with mental health issues thrive. You can find out more at the Mental Health Foundation’s website: The theme of this year’s Action For Brain Injury Week is “A New Me”. Headway, the brain injury association, will be exploring misconceptions about Brain Injury by sharing the stories of brain injury survivors, cares and families. You can found out more at Headway’s website:

Dystonia Awareness Week 2017

April 29th – May 27th is Dystonia Awareness Week 2017. Dystonia is a condition where the brain sends signals to parts of the body that can cause muscles to spasm, and can have serious effects on the lives of those with the condition. To find out more about Dystonia, visit The Dystonia Society’s website at

Free Professional Learning & Development Event

Free Half Day Event: Professional Development & Learning Pathway – Independent Advocacy Scotland – 20th April 2017 @ The Advocacy Project, Cumbrae House, Glasgow – 11.00am – 2.30pm – Lunch & Refreshments Provided. Exclusive to SIAA Full & Affiliate 1 Members. The Advocacy Project is hosting an event themed around professional learning & development. This follows on from the SIAA national conference discussion in November where The Advocacy Project led a workshop discussing professional development for independent advocates and CPD for the advocacy sector. The workshop was extremely well attended for both sessions indicating a high level of interest amongst members, and we wish to offer your organisation the opportunity to meet up and progress that discussion. We wish to offer the opportunity to like-minded advocacy organisations to collaborate in taking this agenda forward. It would be beneficial if delegates attending this event have the authority to represent and speak for their organisation. We have identified 2 themes to try and focus upon and are open to suggestions from you of others: • Accredited Qualification Development in Advocacy Practice • Establishing a ‘Community of Practice’ aimed at promoting learning excellence across the sector The discussions will be introduced by: • Continue Reading >

Disabled Access Day 2017

Disabled Access Day events are taking place across the UK this weekend, on the 10th – 12th of March. These events are a great way to try something new for people with access needs. You can see what’s on in Glasgow, or search for events closer to you, here. You can find out more about Disabled Access Day and accessible venues on their website:

Time To Talk Day

Today is Time To Talk Day. This initiative is aimed at reducing stigma for those with mental health problems. Many people with mental health problems suffer in silence – so let’s reduce the stigma to make it easier for people to talk. Check out this article from the BBC where people with mental health problems discuss their experiences: For more information on the Time to Talk campaign you can visit their website:

Dignity Action Day 2017

February 1st 2017 is Dignity Action Day, an awareness day organised by the charity Dignity In Care to promote awareness of the importance of dignity and human rights to vulnerable people in care situations. The Advocacy Project is a rights-based organisation, and are proud to support the people we work with to be treated with dignity and have their human rights respected. For more information on Dignity Action Day, visit the Dignity in Care website.

World Braille Day 2017

January 4th is World Braille Day, celebrating the birth date of the inventor of braille. As an organisation, The Advocacy Project is committed to providing its materials in alternative formats to meet the needs of the people we work with. You can find out more about Louis Braille at the RNIB website.

Knitting Group

The Advocacy Project’s lunchtime knitting group has been working on activity muffs for dementia patients for the past few months. Now that they’re finished, our Older People’s Service teams in Glasgow and South Lanarkshire will be taking them out to care homes and hospitals when they’re on visits to clients. If you’re interested in making your own activity muffs for a relative, or a local care home or hospital, the pattern our knitting group used can be found here.