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RSA Fellowship Competition

SCLD is working in partnership with the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) to support six new Fellowship opportunities for people with learning disabilities in Scotland. These opportunities were open to anyone over the age of 18 with a learning disability in Scotland who wanted their creative idea to become a reality.

Our Winners: Videos

The 2016 RSA Fellowship awardees are:

Read our blog to find out what the Fellows are doing one year on from the competition.

‘Celebrating Success’ Event Photos

You can view photos from our Celebrating Success RSA Fellowship Awards Ceremony here.

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Press coverage

BBC Radio Scotland interview

Cameron Morgan and Maura Lynch (Depute Chief Executive, SCLD) spoke about the competition to John Beattie on BBC Radio Scotland, You can hear their interview by following the link below:


John Beattie, BBC Radio Scotland

ITV Borders Interview

ITV Borders reporter Evanna Holland met with Marcia Lauder and Chris Creegan to chat about Borders Buzz and her successful application to become an RSA Fellow. You can watch the segment by clicking the image below:


The Courier

The Courier interviewed Ross Inglis about his plans to develop an inclusive pipe band. You can read the full article by clicking the image below:


Positively Scottish

Positively Scottish journalist Janice Hopper met with Ian Stones to discuss his previous work to make health information accessible for people with learning disabilities, and discusses his future plans:



Chris Creegan drafted a blog about the competition, and the significance of holding the Celebrating Success awards ceremony during national Learning Disability Week. Read it here:

Learning Disability Week 2016: Prepare to be inspired

Linda Mitchell drafted a blog about the first meeting of the RSA Fellows. Read it to find out how the Fellows are progressing their ideas:

First meeting of the RSA Fellows

Leeanne Clark drafted two blogs about becoming an RSA Fellow, and her plans to write a book about her life experiences:

My book, my journey

The next leg of the journey

Ross Inglis drafted two blogs to update us on how his plans to develop and inclusive pipe band in Dundee have been going since the RSA Awards ceremony:

Ross Inglis: Dundee City Pipe Band

Dundee City Pipe Band: The Movie

Adam Sloan blogs about his recent successes, his passion for dance and performance, and what he has planned next:

Adam Sloan: RSA Fellow

Introducing Marcia Lauder, newly appointed Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of the Arts, Manufactures and Commerce:

Marcia Lauder: Creating a Community of Stars

We’ll be sharing updates on the progress of all six new Fellows as we continue to work together to make their creative ideas a reality.

Find out more about the competition, and what it means for the Fellows, the RSA and wider society by watching our competition launch video:

What is the RSA?

The mission of the RSA is to enrich society through ideas and action. By sharing powerful ideas and carrying out cutting-edge research, they build networks and opportunities for people to collaborate – creating fulfilling lives and a flourishing society. Together, we want to recognise people’s skills and talents and help them realise their unique creative ideas to achieve social change. We have a shared commitment to improve access to support and resources for people with learning disabilities.

Find out more about the RSA by watching these videos: