26 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.
The blind boy who learned to see with sound
Daniel Kish has taught thousands of people all over the world how to “see” by using sound. But of all the students he’s taken on, none have been quite like Ethan.

“If England repeals human rights, Scotland will go it alone”
As England looks to repeal human rights, Scotland is celebrating them. And it’s an irony not lost on Prof. Alan Miller Scotland’s Human Rights Commissioner.

Think Tank suggests 50% child benefit increase with tax change
The Scottish Parliament will soon be able to set its own rate of income tax and have the power to top up child benefit under the Scotland Bill.

No gagging clause in Scottish Government grants
Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon assured Scotland’s third sector there will be no Scottish gagging clause.

Austerity has hit disabled people hardest
With Norfolk county council accused of breaching the Care Act, alarm bells will be ringing at cash-strapped councils across the country.
Scottish Recovery Network: Rights for Life Declaration
This landmark document is a statement of the rights being called for by people affected by mental health issues in Scotland. Its aim is to help achieve real change to how people affected by mental health problems enjoy their rights.

Mental Welfare Commission in Scotland: No Through Road – people with learning disabilities in hospital
A visit and monitoring report looking at 18 hospital units for people with learning disability.
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. 

Joseph Rowntree Foundation: Preparing for later life: working longer and saving more
This report looks at how barriers to saving and working longer can be overcome and how policies could support low-income households to plan better for later life.

Scottish Government: Government response to the ‘complaints concerning functions relating to the named person and child’s plan’
This Scottish Government response sets out how Scottish Ministers have considered the findings of the consultation exercise in producing the Order setting out the consultation procedure for Parliamentary consideration, as well as the plans for developing and publishing guidance to accompany the Order.
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
Family Therapy Training Network: Holding the Family in Mind- Creative Systemic Practice in Scotland
An opportunity to share learning from projects that have been creatively pioneering systemic practice and family based interventions with children and families in Scotland.
Edinburgh, 3/3/16

Alzheimer 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
NHS24: Health Information Services – Equality and Diversity Impact Assessment
The NHS24 draft findings on their equality and diversity impact assessment have been released and are open to consultation.
Deadline 22/3/16
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

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]

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

Voluntary Action Fund: The Volunteering Support Fund
Third Sector organisations working in Scotland, with an annual income of under £250,000 can apply for up to £10,000 for a Volunteering Support Grant.
Deadline 31/3/16
2 x Administrator posts (15 hours per week, Part-time), £16,710 pro-rata
EARS Advocacy Service are looking to recruit two part-time Administrators to work in their Edinburgh and West Lothian Offices.
Closing date 7/3/16

BBC Journalism Trainee Scheme
The BBC are looking for applicants for their Journalism Trainee Scheme.
Closing date 7/3/16
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Happy Reading  from everyone here at the SIAA.

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