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Carers Week 2017

From 12th – 18th June is Carers week which is an annual campaign to raise awareness of carers and the challenges they face. It aims to draw attention to the importance of carers to the lives of people across the country and also recognise the contribution that they make to families and communities.

This year, the campaign is focussing on Building Carer Friendly Communities, allowing carers to be supported in looking after their loved ones, while recognising that they are also individuals with needs of their own.

There is a range of events happening up and down the country this week – for more information or to get involved, please go to http://www.carersweek.org/.

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

One in four people with a disability were victims of hate crime last year yet it is still massively under-reported to the police. We have created this short film to show how disability hate crime affects people in their daily life and to encourage people to act if they are victims of,  or witness acts of hate crime.

We want this film to be used to promote the message that disability hate crime should be reported. Please share this film and use as appropriate. If you wish to report a hate crime you can contact Police Scotland on 101, get in touch with a Third Party Reporting Centre or follow the link to  https://www.scotland.police.uk/secureforms/hate-crime/.

“We want learning disability hate crime to stop!”                        

About the Support to Report Group

In late 2015, The Advocacy Project was awarded money from the Scottish Government’s Keys To Life Development Fund to help people with learning disabilities access Third Party Reporting Centres to report hate crime.

They held some focus groups to find out what we knew about hate crime & third party reporting. They also asked for volunteers to get involved in spreading the word. They all said ‘yes’ and became the ‘Support to Report’ group.

They got together and talked some more about what would be important to them if they were going to report a hate crime. They developed a presentation and a charter that would help third party reporting centres to give the right help to people. They also did some training on how to stand up and talk in front of big groups and then they were ready to go!

They delivered their presentation to 23 Third Party Reporting Centres.  They told us that it was very useful for them to think about how accessible they were in helping people with a learning disability, and what they were meant to do as a Third Party Reporting Centre.

With more time and resources invested in our project, we used what we had learnt and decided to make some new presentations for people with learning disabilities and organisations that help them, to explain how they could report hate crime directly. We have delivered this to nearly 20 organisations and service users.

We wanted to complete the project with something that would making a lasting impact and could be used by anyone to help discuss disability hate crime. With the help of Urban Croft Films, we created this short film using our own experiences and thoughts. We hope that the film can be used to encourage people to report hate crime and think about its’ impact on peoples lives.

If you would like to get in touch about the film or our other work, please contact the Engagement & Involvement team on 0141 420 0961.

About the Engagement & Involvement Team

The Engagement & Involvement team are proud to have supported the Support to Report group on their journey. Over the last 15 months we have co-produced this resource with the group by facilitating discussion, developing the materials and supporting the group to deliver presentations. We believe that the impact and success of this work is entirely down to the involvement of the group members at every level.

If you would like to find out more about the work of the Engagement & Involvement team, please check out our page here.


Spring Public Holidays

The office will be closed on the following days for the Spring Holidays:

Friday 26th May
Monday 29th May

We will be open as usual other than the days listed.

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 ann@theadvocacyproject.org.uk 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: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/mental-health-awareness-week


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: https://www.headway.org.uk/get-involved/campaigns/a-new-me/

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 http://www.dystonia.org.uk/index.php/about-us/news/622-awareness-week-2016

May Day Public Holiday

The office will be closed on Monday 1st May for the May Day public holiday. The office will be open as normal the rest of the week.

Easter Public Holidays

The office will be closed on the following days for the Easter Holidays:

Friday 14th April 2017
Monday 17th April 2017

We will be open as usual other than the days listed.

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:

• Teresa Dolan – Training Enterprise & Development – Continuous Professional Development for Independent Advocacy.
• Scottish Credit & Qualifications Framework – What is Qualification Credit Rating & its benefits?
• Gerry McGuire – L&D Manager @ The Advocacy Project – The Development & Roll Out of the Professional Practice Award in Advocacy Practice.

Please note this event is for registered full SIAA & affiliate 1 member organisations only.

If you are interested in attending can you please confirm by 14th April to:

Gerry McGuire
L&D Manager on 0141 420 0961
Email: gerry@theadvocacyproject.org.uk

Disabled Access Day 2017

disabled access day

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: https://www.disabledaccessday.com/home/

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