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‘How To’ Guides: The Keys to Life Development Fund

‘The keys to life’ Development Fund Projects

In September 2015, Scottish Commission for Learning Disability announced that the Scottish Government was seeking applications for development funding to support the refreshed delivery approach for The Keys to Life. Applicants had the choice of five available funding streams, under the following priority areas:

  • Effective interventions for parents who have learning disabilities
  • Effective interventions to tackle hate crime
  • Alternative models to out of area placements for people with complex care needs
  • Innovative social connectedness for people with learning disabilities
  • Innovative employment opportunities for people with learning disabilities

There were 15 successful bids across the five priority areas.

These guides provide an overview of what the funded projects achieved, the challenges they faced, and what they learned. They provide a practical guide for anyone who wants to learn more about how to implement innovative projects in their community.

How To Guides – Projects by Theme

Hate Crime Projects

Employment Projects

Parenting Projects

Social Connectedness Projects

How To Guides  – Projects by Name

  • Aberdeenshire Council: Fit’s For Supper
  • Aberlour Child Care Trust & NHS Fife: Fife and South Ayrshire Knowledge Exchange
  • Bright Light: Relationship Counselling
  • Cantraybridge College: Cantray Crew Connect
  • East Ayrshire Advocacy Services: Peer Support of Parents
  • East Dunbartonshire Council: Growing For Growth
  • Firsthand Lothian: Securing the future
  • I Am Me: Cinebus
  • Interest Link Borders: Befriending Project
  • Mellow Parenting: Parenting Support and Capacity Building at Home
  • Social Care Ideas Factory: Wee Enterprizers
  • Tayberry Enterprises: Accredited Sensory Storytelling
  • The Advocacy Project: Support to Report

To find out more about our work to support the projects, or to ask a question, please contact Andy Miller, Policy and Implementation Manager at SCLD at or by calling 0141 248 3733.