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A Wee Blether with… John Paul, National Director of dates-n-mates Scotland and Sarah, Director of dates-n-mates Aberdeen

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Relationships matter for people with learning disabilities – anyone who has been keeping an eye on the SCLD website and social media channels over the last month can be in no doubt of that.   Whoever we are and wherever we come from, we all share a need for human connection, whether that be through our families, friends, romantic relationships, or through our community – such as our neighbours and …

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Unlocking the door to children’s human rights

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2020 has been a tumultuous year for all of us. The Coronavirus Pandemic has presented considerable new challenges that SCLD and PAMIS believe have disproportionately impacted all disabled people, including people with learning/intellectual disabilities. Despite this, there have been some opportunities for hope including Scotland’s ongoing commitment to becoming a children’s rights respecting nation. We continue to see considerable steps …

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A Conspiracy of Mountains, Valleys and Rivers

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My first kiss – The Scout Hall, Pollokshields, November 1975. Catherine Fulton in a purple midi skirt, looking a million dollars.  Me, with my wide-collared floral shirt and my new flared jeans that my mum had taken the hem up on because she’d bought them with an eye for my next growth spurt that hadn’t kicked in yet.    Every teenager in Pollokshields …

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Putting relationships at the heart of services

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Relationships are tricky things for many of us, including myself, and sometimes I think it’s a case of we can’t live with them and we can’t live without them. This year has been challenging for us all and it has certainly shown me that I can’t live without relationships, even if they have to be virtual. If this is how I am feeling, I’m pretty sure that it is the …

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Relationships matter for people with learning disabilities

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The Scottish Commission for People with Learning Disabilities (SCLD) has launched ‘Relationships Matter,’ our first report generated from the landmark survey of people with learning disabilities in Scotland, carried out in 2019. The report focuses on relationships and loneliness, and explores some issues that relate to these, like happiness, choice, and support. SCLD developed the survey with a range of …

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‘Building back better’ for everyone

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To mark Scottish Housing Day 2020 and its social housing theme, SCLD’s Evidence & Policy Officer Lorne Berkley explores the the role and potential of social housing in the lives of people with learning/intellectual disabilities in Scotland… Over the last few months, we’ve all had to spend much more time at home. The response to the Covid-19 pandemic has changed …

Digital Annual Review 2019-20

Our Annual Review 2019-2020

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We are delighted to share with you SCLD’s Annual Review for 2019-2020. During this challenging and difficult time, we are pleased to be able to look back on some highlights from last year and share some of the progress we made in finding new and better ways to improve the lives of people with learning/intellectual disabilities in Scotland. Join us …

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Disabled Parents and Employability Support

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The Scottish Government has announced an extra £1 million to support disabled parents to progress toward employment and to compete for suitable jobs.  Communities Secretary Aileen Campbell made the announcement as part of the Tackling Child Poverty Delivery Plan progress update on 20 August.  The additional funding will be delivered through the newly launched Parental Employment Support Fund (PESF). The …