Day Month 2015

Take a look at the SIAA’s new Youtube channel where you will find The Voice to Trust video in a range of languages and formats.

You will also find the trailer of our new animation Opening Doors which will be launched nationally on the 4th of March! Contact us to see how you can get involved! 

Colin McKay: what recovery means to me
Colin McKay, Chief Executive of the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland tells us what recovery means to him.

Scottish health boards soon to reveal robot trial results.
How successful robots have been in providing care and assistance to patients is expected to be revealed within the next two months.

Alan Rickman’s last job for charity goes viral.
A fundraising video created by Oxford University students to raise money for refugees has gone viral following the death Alan Rickman, who recorded the voiceover as one of his last jobs.

Quarter of new parents “too afraid” to seek mental health help
More than one in four new parents (26%) said that they didn’t receive mental health help because they were “too afraid” to seek it, according to a Royal College of Nursing (RCN) survey.

I wish I could do more to protect your loved ones in mental health crisis.
Sometimes it takes me weeks to find a hospital bed for seriously mentally ill people – it’s terrifying being forced to take such risks with people’s lives.
Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland: Investigation – the Death of Ms MN
An report investigating the death of Ms MN and providing recommendations on how incidents like this can be prevented in the future.

Food Foundation: “FORCE-FED”
The Food Foundation report, Force-Fed assesses how difficult it is for typical British families to eat a healthy diet.

Independent Advisor on Poverty and Inequality: Shifting the Curve, A report to the First Minister
This report seeks to advise the Scottish Government on reducing poverty and makes proposals that can help move large numbers of people out of poverty.

Joseph Rowntree Foundation: How flexible hiring could improve business performance and living standards
This study investigates the number of ‘quality’ flexible job vacancies in the UK, and shows how living standards could improve if there were more of these jobs.

BBC: A portrait of the National Health Service,’It’s almost like a religion’
This article seeks introduces us to some of the people that keep the NHS on its feet. 
Mind Matters Training: Public Mental Health First Aid training 
Scotland’s Mental Health First Aid (SMHFA) – a course aimed at anyone who wants to help someone who has a mental health problem.
Glasgow, 1/2/16

CSL Training: Mental Health Awareness
Edinburgh, 1/3/16

CSL Training: Motivating Staff and Overcoming Difficulties
Glasgow, 8/3/16
Events and Conferences
Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations: Gathering Scotland
Scotland’s largest event for charities, social enterprises and voluntary organisations.
Glasgow, 17/2/16 and 18/2/16

Scottish Recovery Network: Rights for Life Declaration Launch
This document sets out the human rights that people affected by mental health problems in Scotland are calling for. Along with the Change Agenda it is intended to achieve real, sustainable and transformational change to the way that people affected by mental health problems enjoy human rights.
Edinburgh, 22/2/16

Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol and DrugsFamilies and Communities Masterclass
This event will provide an opportunity to: learn to develop more cost-effective ways to identify and engage with individuals, families and communities to support recovery; and explore the existing assets that communities have and develop positive solutions in relation to problematic substance use.

Scottish Drugs Forum: New Psychoactive Substances Frontline Workers Focus Group
The focus group is to help inform Scottish Government commissioned research on NPS prevalence, motivations for use and harms across Scotland in target populations: adult homeless, people in mental health services, at risk young people, injecting drug users and men that have sex with men.
Various dates
Research on Forced Marriage
The Universities of Central Lancashire, Strathclyde and Glasgow and workers from Hemat Gryffe, Scottish Women’s Aid and Shakti are conducting research for the Scottish Government into Forced Marriage. They are looking for participants who have experienced forced marriage or professionals who provide services to victims/survivors of forced marriage, to be interviewed. For further information or to take part please contact [email protected]

VOX: Real People, Real Cuts 2015
This survey aims to explore how spending cuts might be affecting people’s mental health and recovery.
No deadline specified

Scottish Parliament: Proposed Abolition of Social Care Charges (Scotland) Bill
This consultation seeks views on “a Bill that ensures social care services provided to people in their own home are free of charge”

Scottish Government: Consultation on proposals for the introduction of the role of an Independent National (Whistleblowing) Officer for NHS Scotland Staff
This consultation seeks views on proposals for the establishment of an Independent National Whistleblowing Officer for the employees of NHS Scotland.

Scottish Government: Scottish Law Commissions Report on Adults with Incapacity
Scottish Law Commission ( ‘the Commission’) published a report on Adults with Incapacity  which focussed on the question of deprivation of liberty as it relates to persons who may be subject to the Adults with Incapacity legislation and associated issues. This consultation seeks views on specific matters raised in the report. Deadline 31/3/16
Health Improvement Scotland: Recruiting Volunteers
Healthcare Improvement Scotland, which works with healthcare providers and patients to check and improve healthcare services, is recruiting volunteers to be public partners in its work.
Closing Date 1/2/16

Office Administrator (18 hours, Part-time) £17,544 pro-rata
The Scottish Independent Advocacy Alliance is looking to recruit a Part-time administrator.
Closing Date 15/2/16

Office Administrator (22 hours, Part-time) £17,544 pro-rata
Dunfermline Advocacy is looking to recruit an Office Administrator.
Closing Date 4/2/16
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Happy Reading  from everyone here at the SIAA.

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