19 February 2016

The Scottish Independent Advocacy Alliance manifesto for independent advocacy in Scotland is now available. 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.To ensure access to independent advocacy current legislation and policy needs to be fully implemented and the right to access independent advocacy needs to be included in relevant future policy and legislation.

Local Advocacy News

CAPS: Film Launch
CAPS is delighted to invite you to the launch of a new short film. The film was made by a group of young people with experience of Eating Disorders. It reflects what they think is important for other young people to know. The film was made with funding from the Butterfly Bursary. To book a place contact: [email protected]
Edinburgh, Melting Pot, 25/2/16
The future welfare state must be shaped by service users themselves
There is an alternative to benefit cuts: the postwar welfare state was too paternalistic, but now the people using it can shape a new vision from the bottom up.

Our lives in foster care – what it feels like to be given a new family
Thousands of children end up with foster families each year, we asked our readers to tell us their experiences of growing up in a new home.

High street banks drive migrants into destitution
Banks are pushing migrants trying to start new lives in Scotland into the hands of loan sharks and people traffickers.

How do you keep mentally strong?
People share their tips for coping with mental ill health.
Scottish Recovery Network: What is Mental Health Recovery?
A short film about mental health recovery.

Scottish Government: Getting It Right For Looked After Children And Young People Strategy
The new Scottish Government’s strategy for Looked After Children and Young People which sets out what they are doing and what they expect other corporate parents to do.

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.

Touch Stone: You don’t look disabled
To mark international day of disabled people on 3 December, the TUC has published guidance for trade union representatives and disabled workers under the title “You don’t look disabled”.  
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
Couple Counselling Lothian: AGM
This event will announce the new name and branding for the charity. In addition, Stuart Valentine, CEO of Relationship Scotland is sharing research on The State of Relationships. The AGM is to take place on Monday 29 February at 6 pm and it will be held at the Relationship Scotland Headquarters 18 York Place. To book a place please contact [email protected] by 22 February
Edinburgh, 29/2/16

Dementia Scotland: The Dementia Awareness Week Conference 2016
This year’s conference will explore the theme Global to local: research, practice, innovation, via a variety of plenary and parallel sessions
Edinburgh, 3/6/16
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.

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.

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
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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