18 March 2016

We are pleased to announce that our new animation Opening Doors is now available online following the official launch on Friday the 4th of 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. We are really pleased to have received a great response from advocacy organisations, service users, social workers and voluntary sector organisations.
One night on the streets a portrait of homelessness in Britain
The Guardian sent reporters to five cities on Thursday night to report on how the people at the heart of Britain’s homelessness crisis are coping.

BSL (Scotland) Act gains momentum
A new expert advisory group has been appointed to support the implementation of legislation which will improve the way public services meet the needs of Deaf British Sign Language (BSL) users.

“The snooper’s charter is flying through parliament. Don’t think it’s irrelevant to you”
People in the UK are disregarding a bill that permits hacking and gagging.

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.

All party leaders pledge to tackle poverty stigma
Leading political figures have backed a series of pledges committing to tackle the stigma of poverty ahead of May’s Scottish Parliament elections.

Budget 2016 what it means for you?
what are these proposals, and how will your finances be affected?
The Scottish Independent Advocacy Alliance: 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.

Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland: Advanced Statements Short Information Films
These short clips help show the difference an advance statement can make

Courts and Tribunals Judiciary: Court of Appeal rules that spare room subsidy is discriminatory against victims of domestic violence, under human rights law
The Court of Appeal has ruled that the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions acted unlawfully by failing to exempt victims of domestic violence living in safe-houses from the spare room subsidy.

Update: World Happiness Report
“Human wellbeing should be nurtured through a holistic approach that combines economic, social and environmental objectives,” Columbia University Earth Institute Director Jeffrey Sachs

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.
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

Together (Scottish Alliance for Children’s Rights): State of Children’s Rights workshop series – Glasgow
The purpose of the ‘State of Children’s Rights’ workshop series 2016 is to reflect on the progress made in implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) over the past twelve months and highlight what children’s organisations see as being the current key issues.

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

Advocate/Group Worker (14 hrs per week , Part-time), £8000 per annum, 2 years fixed term
Speak Out are seeking to recruit an experienced advocate/group worker to support parents who have learning disabilities for their office in South Lanarkshire. For further information or an application pack please contact Patricia Kearns or Jim Walsh on 01698 283228 or e mail: [email protected]
Closing date 29/3/16

Administrator (18 hours per week, Part-time) £17,544 pro-rata
The SIAA is looking for an enthusiastic, capable person for this part time Administration post.
Closing Date 12/4/16
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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