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A Culture Strategy for Scotland

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Scotland’s culture is one of its greatest strengths. The history, traditions, languages, landscapes and creativity that make up modern Scotland are something we should celebrate. The Scottish Government has made a commitment to develop a culture strategy for Scotland; in 2017 they engaged in discussions with individuals, artists and creative producers, communities and organisations, to produce a draft Culture Strategy. …

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Getting Fit and Having Fun!

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The Learning Disability Managed Care Network are holding an event in partnership with the Scottish Government about the importance of physical activity for people with learning disability. The event is on Tuesday 18th September from 9am – 4:30pm at Falkirk Stadium in Falkirk. Come along if you work with people with learning disability and want to find out more about: Supporting people to choose and engage in …

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Making our voices heard – advocacy and learning disability

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Wednesday 11th July 2018 In July 2018 SCLD launched a scoping report: A stronger Voice? A scoping study of independent advocacy for people with learning disabilities . The Report explored advocacy provision and experiences of advocacy support for people with learning disabilities in Scotland. People with learning disabilities often find it difficult to make their voice heard. They can experience barriers …

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Fife up your life!

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Friday 6th July 2018 In the second in our Asset Based Blog Series, Alan Roberts, Service Planning and Development Manager at the Fife Health and Social Care Partnership, reflects on the involvement of people with learning disabilities in local community engagement…   “Have a learning disability? – become a rugby player” This was one of the opportunities presented during the asset …

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A wee blether with…

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Monday 2nd July 2018 Abi Brydon, actress with INSPIRE Fife and Suzanne Lofthus, director at Cutting Edge Theatre This month sees the launch of our research paper  – Safe and Healthy Relationships: Empowering People with Learning Disabilities through Education. Sex and relationships education, setting and maintaining personal boundaries and having the freedom to choose who we enter a relationship with …

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A home of our own…

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Monday 11 June 2018   “The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.” Joan McAlpine chose these words, by Maya Angelou, to open a recent debate in the Scottish Parliament on Appropriate Housing for People with Learning Disabilities. They serve as a reminder that for …

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Why Celebrate?

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Thursday 31st May 2018   Asset based approaches build on the strengths of the community to become more welcoming and inclusive.  In the first of SCLD’s series of guest blogs on asset based approaches, Jenny Rae from Aberdeen Health and Social Care Partnership writes about the strategic approach they are taking to using the strengths of people with learning disabilities …

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Eat well – live well!

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Eating well is important to a healthy lifestyle… We all know that eating a healthy diet is one of the best ways to take care of your body. Eating a balanced diet helps the body to function at its best and can also improve mental and emotional well-being. SCLD believes that everyone should have the tools and knowledge to eat …

Impact of Universal Credit on people with a disability: Lessons to be learned and the way forward in Scotland

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Date & time: Thur 24th May 2018 (9.30am – 12.45pm) Venue: Brodies LLP, 110 Queen Street, Glasgow, G1 3BX Universal Credit was devised by the Coalition Government at Westminster to simplify benefits, ensure it paid to be in work, tackle poverty and reduce fraud and error. Not initially intended to reduce budgets it was to be paid out at broadly …

Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust: Guest Blog

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Helping women with learning disabilities affected by cervical cancer and cervical abnormalities  Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust is a UK charity dedicated to women affected by cervical cancer and cervical abnormalities. We have recently launched a new project to increase the uptake of cervical screening (the smear test) across Glasgow. One of our key aims is to reduce screening inequalities by …