Author Archives: Laura Bogucki

SNAP – Scotland’s National Action Plan for Human Rights

We are very proud to be featured in Scotland’s National Action Plan for Human Rights, Year Two Report available at the link below: http://scottishhumanrights.com/resources/reports/SNAPYearTwo We feature in three ways: -Our case study & subsequent involvement with the Scottish Parliament event to promote the films. -Our joint showcase at the national Rights for Life conference about supported decision-making -Our role in a Radio Clyde public awareness campaign for the SNAP and Scottish Government campaign #FlyTheFlag. We are delighted on International Human Rights Day to be able to reflect on a year of participation in a plan of such national importance. http://www.un.org/en/universal-declaration-human-rights/index.html

Recruitment for Glasgow-based graduates

We are recruiting Advocacy Workers via the Glasgow Guarantee graduate scheme. Closing date 11th December 2015 Please find more information at this link. We look forward to receiving your applications!

Human Rights Films Screened at The Scottish Parliament

We were at the Scottish Parliament on 8th October with other organisations highlighting the power of human rights to improve people’s health and the care and support they access. The Scottish Human Rights Commission, the Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (the ALLIANCE) and NHS Health Scotland joined forces to produce the films, which were made as part of Scotland’s National Action Plan for Human Rights (SNAP). The five short films share people’s experiences of using human rights to challenge and improve the quality of the health and care services they use. The films highlight how human rights have been used in dementia care, mental health detention, advocacy, youth work and services for disabled people. Featuring interviews with people whose rights have been affected, as well as charities and voluntary organisations that work with them, the films are a practical resource to help organisations providing services to embed human rights in their work. Duncan McNeil MSP, Convenor of the Health and Sport Committee, supported the special screening at the Scottish Parliament today. He said: “The Committee is very interested in the many ways human rights can improve services in Scotland. The event today will bring to life the experiences people have had as they Continue Reading >

Suicide Prevention Week

10th September is World Suicide Prevention Day and this week is Suicide Prevention Week. This is an opportunity to to remember those who have been bereaved and those who are at risk. Last year alone, there were 696 registered deaths by suicide in Scotland. If you are worried about someone, ask if they may be feeling suicidal Here you will find information about how to ask and where to seek help. If you are feeling suicidal,  Here is the link to Breathing Space Scotland, an organisation which has online and 24hr telephone support at the weekend and 6am – 2am Mon – Thurs. You can also contact The Samaritans 24hrs on 08457 90 90 90 or dial 999 if you are in crisis. Choose Life.

Review of Liverpool Care Pathway

A review of this controversial pathway for end of life care has been a long time coming. The pathway will now be subject to far more scrutiny and justification than before. It has been criticised for increasing suffering of dying patients due to unnecessary withdrawal of nutrition and medication. Here is the link to the Department of Health independent review reports.

Deprivation of Liberty – New Proposals

Read the Law Commission’s proposals at the attached link. Any changes in England are likely to have some effect in Scotland.

Important Human Rights Judgment – Disability

Mathieson v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (2015) UKSC 47 This case challenged the rules around payments of DLA being withdrawn for disabled children after 84 consecutive days in hospital. The Supreme Court held that this breached Article 14 of the Human Rights Act regarding Prohibition on Discrimination. This case will create reflection and hopefully change regarding the rules for 16, 17 year-olds and adults who currently have their DLA withdrawn after 28 days in hospital. Read more at link below: https://rightsinreality.wordpress.com/2015/07/09/mathieson-v-sswp-another-supreme-court-win-for-disability-rights/

Human Rights Films Launched Today

The Advocacy Project is proud to have been part of this – see our film at the end of the news release below! News Release: New films show power of human rights to improve people’s health and care     The Scottish Human Rights Commission, the Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (the ALLIANCE) and NHS Health Scotland have joined forces to launch a series of short films highlighting the power of human rights to improve people’s health and the care and support they access.   Produced as part of Scotland’s National Action Plan for Human Rights (SNAP), the five short films share people’s experiences of using human rights to challenge and improve the quality of the health and care services they use. The films highlight how human rights have been used in dementia care, mental health detention, advocacy, youth work and services for disabled people.   Featuring interviews with people whose rights have been affected, as well as charities and voluntary organisations that work with them, the films are a practical resource to help organisations providing services to embed human rights in their work.   The films are part of a new website that brings together materials and information for Continue Reading >

Mental Health Awareness Week

This week give some thought to your own and other’s mental health. Reflect on how you view mental health and consider how you might be able to help decrease mental health stigma. Here at The Advocacy Project we work hard to increase awareness and understanding of mental health issues. We also support people with these issues to express themselves, be heard and know their rights!

Human Rights Case Study

The Scottish Human Rights Commission film-maker visited The Advocacy Project early March to make a short film about how we utilise a human-rights-based approach to practice. We are also featured in the SHRC document ‘Health and Social Care – case studies from Scotland’. Both are still in draft form and will be uploaded to our website soon. We are proud to be considered champions of this approach and to have contributed to SNAP, Scotland’s National Action Plan for human rights.