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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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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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A Pandemic of Loneliness…

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Our Evidence & Research Officer, Ruth Callander, writes about how the COVID-19 pandemic has thrown what is really important to people with learning/intellectual disabilities into ever sharper focus… Coronavirus swept into our lives like a tidal wave, turning them upside down, and confining us to our homes. At SCLD, we very quickly adapted our ways of working; video calls and …