12 February 2016

The Scottish Independent Advocacy Alliance today launches its 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 and listen to their views, opinions and voices. To ensure access to independent advocacy current legislation and policy needs to be fully implemented. The right to access independent advocacy needs to be included in relevant future policy and legislation. 
‘The lowest of the stack’: why black women are struggling with mental health
The perceptions of young black women in everyday life may be exacerbating already high rates of depression and anxiety. 

Vital women’s refuges will close if housing benefit cuts go ahead
Scottish Women’s Aid (SWA) has warned refuges face shortfalls amounting to tens of thousands of pounds if a proposed cap on social housing rents goes ahead.

University of Edinburgh hosts panel debate on gender-based violence
The University of Edinburgh hosted a series of events last week in aid of the Edinburgh Rape Crisis Centre (ERCC).

Disabled people have their mobility cars taken away
Nearly 14,000 disabled people who rely on a specialist motoring allowance have had their cars taken away from them following government welfare changes.

“Now Britain needs clothes banks too. What sort of society are we living in?”
Children are truanting because they don’t have school uniforms, so entrenched is poverty. But clothing’s a need people don’t like to talk about

Starbucks employee wins dyslexia discrimination case
A tribunal found Meseret Kumulchew had been discriminated against after making mistakes due to her difficulties with reading, writing and telling the time.
Government: Removal of the Spare Room Subsidy evaluation – Final Report
This report presents findings from the evaluation of the Removal of the Spare Room Subsidy (RSRS) in Housing Benefit.

The British Institute of Human Rights (BIHR): Getting with the Act – Our Human Rights Act
This easy-to-read interactive eBook will help you to understand where our human rights came from, how they’re protected by our Human Rights Act, and the difference our Human Rights Act has made in real life in the 15 years that it has been in force.

Feeling lonely or just want to make new friends? Come join the MDM Club for free. The Club is our disability and NDIS community where you can chat in a safe, tolerant and respectful environment. Our Club members include people with autism, depression, anxiety, mental illness, blindness, deafness and many other disabilities.

The British Institute of Human Rights (BIHR): Getting with the Act – Our Human Rights Act
This easy-to-read interactive eBook will help you to understand where our human rights came from, how they’re protected by our Human Rights Act, and the difference our Human Rights Act has made in real life in the 15 years that it has been in force.
Volunteer Edinburgh: Top Tips for Managing Relationships – volunteering
This training explores all the vital relationships to consider when employing volunteers.
Edinburgh, 2/3/16

Sheila McKechnie Foundation: Introduction to Campaigning
This is a one-day introductory level workshop on how to run successful campaigns.
Edinburgh, 11/3/16
Events and Conferences
Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations: Gathering Scotland
Scotland’s largest event for charities, social enterprises and voluntary organisations.
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 Drugs – Families 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.

Norah Fry Centre: Fathers with Learning Disabilities
Norah Fry Centre is running a study to investigate the lives of fathers with learning disabilities and their experience of services. If you know of any father who has experience of learning disability services and who might be interested in taking part in the study, please contact: Jon at [email protected] – 0117 954 6781 or Daryl at [email protected] – 0117 954 6733

Update Disability Information Scotland: Had a successful PIP appeal?
Disability Rights UK want to hear from people appealing their PIP decision to a tribunal or who have recently been successful with an appeal.

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.

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
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
Big Lottery Fund: Communities and Families Fund
Grants of between £250 and £10,000 are available to support local projects working with children eight years and under or their parents.
Deadline, 29/2/16
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

Group Support Worker (25 hours, Part-time) £18,000
CEARTAS are looking to recruit a Group Support Worker to support group work within Ceartas that aims to involve more people in the life of the organisation by enhancing our work with service users.
Closing Date 15/02/16

Advocacy Worker (35 hours, Full-time) £21,000
CEARTAS are looking to recruit an Advocacy Worker provide direct advocacy support, undertaking a range of advocacy services which will involve representing individuals and groups in a variety of settings.
Closing Date 15/02/16

Collective Advocacy Co-ordinator (36.25 hours, Full-time) £27,712
The Consultation & Advocacy Promotion Service (CAPS) are looking to recruit a Collective Advocacy Co-ordinator to be based in their Musselburgh office.
Closing Date 24/02/16
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Happy Reading  from everyone here at the SIAA.

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