As part of SIAA’s Self-directed Support project, we are gathering stories from advocacy workers across Scotland. We are hoping to hear from advocates who have supported people through the Self-directed Support journey. If you, or someone in your organisation has been advocating for someone throughout their SDS journey, we would love to hear from you.
The launch of Jo McFarlane’s book, SkyDiving for Beginners: a journey of recovery and hope, took place on Wednesday 16th April, in the Rivers Suite at Craiglockhart. The event was a great success, with wonderful speeches by Dr Richard Holloway, Dr Allan Beveridge, Shaben Begum MBE and of course Jo herself, who read some moving and funny extracts from her book. Described by Simon Bradstreet (Director of the Scottish Recovery Network) as the “poet laureate of recovery”, Jo is a well-known speaker at seminars and conferences, performing her work to packed audiences, offering hope, inspiration and an insight into living well with mental ill health. Anyone interested in purchasing a copy of the book (£7), please contact SIAA.
On Tuesday 1st April Kellie King, our SDS and Advocacy project manager, attended the Scottish Government launch of Self Directed Support. The launch coincided with the commencement of the SDS legislation which places duties on local authorities in Scotland to
Our Swedish TSI Scotland Intern, Hanna Carlsson, won the female light-welterweight title against Newarthill’s Paula Docherty on Friday, March 28th at the Emirates Arena. Hanna told us that she was ecstatic about her win, especially as her mother traveled from Sweden
In this edition, we welcome the Law Society publication of three new guides designed to support Scottish solicitors to meet the needs of vulnerable clients.
We find out more about the work of the Life Changes Trust which was set up in 2013 to look at transitions for young care leavers and people affected by dementia. Ian Hood from the Learning Disability Alliance Scotland discusses Section 13ZA of the Social Work (Scotland) Act 1968 and how it is being used to move people with learning disabilities into residential care and we hear from Dr. Jill Stavert about the new Centre for Mental Health and Incapacity Law, Rights and Policy which has recently launched at the Edinburgh Napier University.
Finally, we are sad to report that Dr. Donny Lyons, Chief Executive of the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland, is about to retire. Read his article on his 10 years with the MWC. We wish him a long and happy retirement!
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On Thursday 9th January we were delighted to welcome Mark Grierson (CEO) and Sonia Powazuk (Senior Advocate) of Disability Advocacy New South Wales. We have been in touch with Mark over many years and when we learned that he and his family were planning to visit the UK we were keen to take the opportunity to meet.