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SCLD ‘Building Bridges: from Policy to Practice’ event

Yesterday we headed to Perth to take part in the SCLD ‘Building Bridges: from Policy to Practice’ event. The purpose of the day was to talk about asset based approaches, including discussing recent research, showcasing some examples and talking about what happens next to make it the norm rather than the exception. Our video above features John telling us how the presentation went – thanks for coming to speak with us John! One of the reasons Support to Report worked so well was the assets that everyone brought to the group. Group members were able to explain hate crime and the importance of reporting it in a way that we never could. The value of their engagement with services in their communities went above and beyond raising the profile of disability hate crime and the impact on the group members in terms of confidence and self esteem was significant. Focusing on what people can do and what they bring to the table rather than what holds them back seems like such a simple thing and it is the approach lots of us have based our service model on for years. Jargon may change but the principles are not new. Now Continue Reading >

Christmas e-card

The Advocacy Project would like to send everyone warm wishes over the festive period. You can watch our Christmas e-card on the video above!

World Suicide Prevention Day 2016

10th September is World Suicide Prevention Day 2016. We wanted to share this infographic by Beyond Blue which we thought many would find useful. Why not print a copy and put it in your office or a public place? If you would like to read more check out the Beyond Blue website If you are anyone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts then you can also call the following freephone helplines for a chat or check out their websites: Breathing Space: 0800 83 85 87 Samaritans: 116 123 NHS 24: 111 SAMH: 0800 073 0918

Deaf Awareness Week 2016

This week is Deaf Awareness Week. As an organisation we strive to be deaf aware and utilise communication tools where we can identify a role, whether its for our clients or individuals from other agencies we worth with. We also have two advocacy workers qualified in Level 3 British Sign Language (BSL)! You can read more about Deaf Awareness Week on the Action on Hearing Loss website Thanks for reading!

Human Rights Day 2015

Today is Human Rights Day. Ban-Ki Moon’s message this year focuses on the four freedoms: freedom of expression, freedom of worship, freedom from want and freedom from fear. President Franklin D. Roosevelt and his wife Eleanor Roosevelt enshrined these freedoms into the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1941 during an uncertain time across the world. Even today, these freedoms are more relevant and more important than ever. The Advocacy Project is fully committed to these freedoms and we will always strive to ensure our clients’ freedoms are protected You can read the full message on the United Nations website

‘A Fairer NHS’ event

Last week Ann from our Engagement and Involvement team supported three members of the ACE (Advisory Committee to ENABLE) group to the event ‘A Fairer NHS’. The main question asked by the NHS organisers was: What do we still need to do to make our services friendlier and fairer for people with a learning disability? Sally, William and Jim went with Ann and suggested the following: A quiet space for learning disability patients at A and E – the panel said they had not heard of this idea before and thought it was very innovative. Sally, William and Jim thought it was a great event, and said it was good to hear everybody’s views about their experiences in the hospital. You can read more about ACE on the Enable website.

Welfare advocacy support project

The Advocacy Project has received additional funding through a 1 year pilot to provide independent advocacy support to disability benefits claimants. This support is focused on claimants to PIP and ESA and we will be working across our current service areas of East Renfrewshire, Glasgow, North Lanarkshire and South Lanarkshire The client groups that we will be able to support through this project are: – People with a mental health condition – People with a learning disability – People with a physical disability – People with a neurological condition The type of support we can offer will include: – Assistance to understand, prepare and take part in meetings, assessments etc regarding PIP and ESA – Support in attending meetings, assessments etc. – Support to engage with specialist welfare agencies for appropriate advice. This can include supporting people to attend these appointment with these agencies if necessary The referral process is the same for any of our services – please call our office on 0141 420 0961 and ask for the duty worker. We will do our best to meet the needs of clients but cannot guarantee we will be able to attend all necessary appointments. In these situations we will Continue Reading >

Human rights milestone

We were delighted to hear that same-sex marriages are now legal across all of the USA after the Supreme Court ruled that any ban is considered unconstitutional. A positive step in the history of human rights!

Carers Week 2015

Did you know its National Carers Week? You can find out more on the dedicated website here and find out more about carers and their rights, plus events going on throughout the week This year the theme is focusing on building Carer Friendly Communities: communities which support carers to look after their loved ones well, while recognising that they are individuals with needs of their own. Get involved on Twitter by using the #CarersWeek

Third Party Reporting Centre

After receiving training from Police Scotland, we are pleased to announced that The Advocacy Project is now a Third Party Reporting Centre for Hate Crime. This means that if you or someone you know has been the victim of a hate crime we can help you to report this to the Police. You can also remain anonymous if you wish and you do not need to be one of our service users. Please see the following link for more information: http://www.scotland.police.uk/contact-us/hate-crime-third-party-reporting/

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