11 March 2016SIAA News
We are pleased to announce that our new animation Opening Doors is now available online following the official launch on Friday the 4 March at the Glasgow Film Theatre. The film is available in a number of languages and formats including BSL and is available on our website, our YouTube and our Vimeo Channels.

Opening Doors is based on real stories of actual families in Scotland and is the fruit of a three-year ‘Families at Risk’ project funded by the Scottish Government Third Sector Early Intervention Fund managed by the Big Lottery. 

Parents with learning disability, mental health issues and/or drug and alcohol problems are disproportionately likely to lose their children. However, evidence demonstrates that early intervention by independent advocacy can help bring better outcomes for families.

The animation aims to raise awareness about the power of advocacy for such families in difficult circumstances who are at risk of having their children taken into care.

Please share the animation with your networks in an email, on social media using the #thepowerofadvocacy, by holding your own viewing, adding it your blogs or e-bulletins or whilst chatting to your colleagues. Do let us know how you got on and what you think of the film.
DWP job advisers to be placed in libraries and schools
Job advisers coaches from the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) are to be placed in schools, social care settings, libraries, and housing schemes.

Low-income households ‘need energy cap’
Millions of low-income households could see power bills cut after a watchdog’s report into the UK’s energy sector.

Figures show DWP benefit fraud hotline has failed
Benefit fraud costs the taxpayer £1.3 billion a year, 0.8% of all welfare spending. However, £700m disappears due to DWP errors and another £1.1bn is lost through claimant error.

‘I am educated, well-spoken and not an addict’
Three people share stories of how their lives were transformed by homelessness – challenging perceptions of how easy it is to end up with nothing.

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.

DWP sanctioned 40,000 parents with pre-school aged children last year
The statistics, which relate to people claiming Income Support, follow warnings by church groups last year that 100,000 children across Britain were going hungry after their parents faced sanctions.
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.

Scottish Government: Health and Social Care Integration Guidance – Facilitating the Journey of Integration
This guide is designed for use by a broad audience of those helping to support Integration Joint Boards as they establish themselves and begin to formulate their shared strategic vision for the partnership.
CSL: Getting the best out of teams
For more information or to book the course please contact: Charlotte Lee at [email protected]
Edinburgh, 6/4/16

CSL: Assertiveness Skills
For more information or to book the course please contact: Charlotte Lee at [email protected]
Glasgow, 14/4/16

Clan ChildLaw: Children’s Hearings
Suitable for those with some or no experience of the children’s hearings system this course sets out to give an understanding of the system, in order that delegates will be able to better explain to children and families involved in the children’s hearing system what is happening and what to expect. For more information or to book a place please contact: [email protected]
Edinburgh, 21/4/16
Glasgow, 22/4/16
Aberdeen, 29/4/16
Events and Conferences
Health and Social Care Alliance: 2 Million Expert Voices: Listening, Learning and Leading Change
A 10 year anniversary event exploring how working collectively can achieve greater outcomes for the people of Scotland.
Glasgow, 23/5/16

National Third Sector GIRFEC Project & GCVS Everyone’s Children Project: Getting It Right For Every Child wellbeing workshop
A workshop to help test a wellbeing tool to assist local community organisations, groups, and third sector providers who engage with or support children, young people and families to align their work to GIRFEC.
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

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
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
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
Older Persons Advocacy Worker (30 hours per week, Part-time) £19,000 pro-rata
Equals Advocacy Partnership are looking to recruit an older persons advocacy worker.
Closing date 18/3/16

Member of the Board of Directors (1 day per month to a maximum of 18 days a year) £167 per day remuneration
Independent Living Fund Scotland are seeking a member for their Board of Directors.
Closing date 20/3/16

Citizen Advocacy Development Worker (21 hours per week, Part-time), £24,216 pro-rata
Dunfermline Advocacy are looking to recruit an enthusiastic and motivated person to join our established Team in supporting vulnerable people between 16 and 65 who are living in the communities of West Fife and are affected by disability, chronic illness, dementia, mental illness, learning disability or personality disorder.
Closing date 31/3/16
If you would like something included in the e-bulletin please e-mail it to: [email protected] by 5pm on Wednesday. Please include a link to where people can get more information (such as a website, an email address or a document they can download) as we are unable to attach documents directly to the E-Bulletin.

Happy Reading  from everyone here at the SIAA.

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