1 April 2016

SIAA NewsInclude Me Citizen Advocacy North East: Save the Date! Citizen Advocacy Conference
Include Me Citizen Advocacy in North East Fife is to host a Citizen Advocacy Conference in the Rothes Halls, Glenrothes in September. This is a free event focussing on the provision of Citizen Advocacy services in Fife. Through presentations, information sessions and workshops, the attendees will gain and develop an understanding of the role and remit of Citizen Advocacy services.
The conference will be delivered in partnership with the two other Citizen Advocacy services in Fife – Equal Voice and Dunfermline Advocacy with support from Fife Advocacy Forum.
To Register interest or for further information Email: [email protected]
Glenrothes, 21/9/16
How sanctions on the UK’s unemployed are creating an impoverished and desperate underclass
Stories from across the UK of people living with their benefits sanctioned.

The rebranded minimum wage is still not enough to live on
The new national living wage has had an unexpected consequence: more companies signing up to pay a higher wage that reflects the true cost of living.

Doctors call for dying patients to have 24/7 access to end of life care
Amanda Cheesley of Royal College of Nursing says palliative care specialist should always be on hand after report revealed substandard provision.

Charity calls for law change to stop kids getting caught up in divorce courts
Relationships Scotland is asking the Scottish Government, charities and family law experts to back their calls to make it a legal requirement that divorcing parents must consider mediation to prevent thousands of kids being stuck in the middle of court action. 

Working together
How social care in Scotland is about to undergo the biggest change in a generation.
The Scottish Independent Advocacy Alliance: manifesto for independent advocacy in Scotland
The Scottish Independent Advocacy Alliance believes that, in order to create a Scotland that is equal and fair, we need to uphold the rights of marginalised people.

Scottish Green Party: Manifesto
The Scottish Green Party manifesto shows support for the Rights for Life Declaration.

The Scottish Government: Race Equality framework for Scotland
This document shows how the Scottish Government aims to advance race equality, tackle racism and address the barriers that prevent people from minority ethnic communities from realising their potential.
Victim Support Scotland: Impact of Crime and Victims & Witnesses (Scot) Act
Following the introduction of the new Victims & Witnesses (Scotland) Act 2014, Victim Support Scotland will be offering an introductory training workshop on the impact of crime and effective ways of working with victims and witnesses of crime.
Glasgow, 28/4/16

Scottish Women’s Aid: Domestic Abuse and Child Protection
The aim of this seminar is to build a solid understanding of the nature and scope of domestic abuse and its intersections with child protection, providing the delegates with the confidence and knowledge to deal with the issue effectively in their work setting. 
Edinburgh, 10/5/16
Events and Conferences
Enable Scotland: Meet your local politician
The meetings are open to anyone who has a learning disability, and their supporters.
Various locations and dates
Voluntary Health Scotland: Understanding the Gap, How research can help us address health inequalities in Scotlan
A one day conference to explore what the latest research tells us about health inequalities, including the causes, the lived reality and some potential solutions.
Stirling, 1/6/16
Scottish Government: A consultation for implementation of certain sections of the Mental Health Act (Scotland) 2015 and associated regulations (Part 1)
Deadline 30/5/16
Support in Mind: Creative Fund
Carers can select from three amounts to enable them to choose a realistic activity or short break which will suit their situation. Carers will need a support worker to help them complete applications and should visit the Support in Mind Scotland website to apply or call Barbara Wyness on 0131 662 2284 for more information.
Multiple rounds of funding
SeeMe: Change Network
See Me will award up to £2,000 to support the development of strong partnerships that will create and deliver projects to challenge mental health stigma and discrimination.
Deadline 31/5/16
Administrator (18 hours per week, Part-time) £17,544 pro-rata
The SIAA is looking for an enthusiastic, capable person for this part time Administration post.
Closing Date 12/4/16

Collective advocacy Development Worker (35 hours per week, Full-time) £23,697 – £26,235
People First Scotland are looking to recruit a full time Collective advocacy Development Worker.
Closing date 29/04/16
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