25 March 2016

We are pleased to announce that our new animation Opening Doors is now available online following the official launch on Friday 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.

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 get on.

Include Me Citizen Advocacy North East: Save the Date! Citizen Advocacy Conference
Include Me Citizen Advocacy in North East Fife is to host a Citizen Advocacy Conference in the Rothes Halls, Glenrothes in September. This is a free event focussing on the provision of Citizen Advocacy services in Fife. Through presentations, information sessions and workshops, the attendees will gain and develop an understanding of the role and remit of Citizen Advocacy services.
The conference will be delivered in partnership with the two other Citizen Advocacy services in Fife – Equal Voice and Dunfermline Advocacy with support from Fife Advocacy Forum.
To Register interest or for further information Email: [email protected]
“Try life in a wheelchair and then tell me disabled people have equal rights”
George Osborne’s U-turn is a small triumph under a government that is failing those with disabilities.

Poverty is the result of political and economic decision making
Scottish Government figures show that 510,000 people are living in deprivation and 330,000 working age adults, 100,000 children and 80,000 pensioners.

Early Deaths and Mental Ill Heath – Scotland must overcome culture of fatalism
The Mental Welfare Commission’s six priorities it is asking the government to include in Scotland’s next mental health strategy.

Using expertise of experience to eliminate force in mental health services
Sarah Rae, an expert by experience and co-founder of PROMISE Global, tells us more about the work that is helping to eliminate the use of physical interventions in mental health services.
Scottish Mental Health Partnership: Why mental health matters to Scotland’s Future
This briefing proposes moving from a system primarily focused on crisis intervention and maintenance towards prevention of distress and the promotion of good mental health and wellbeing for everyone in Scotland, by right.

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.

Feeling lonely and want to make new friends? Come join the MDM Club for free. Our Club members include people with autism, depression, anxiety, mental illness, blindness, deafness and many other disabilities.

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.
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

Scottish Women’s Aid: Domestic Abuse and Child Protection
The aim of this seminar is to build a solid understanding of the nature and scope of domestic abuse and its intersections with child protection, providing the delegates with the confidence and knowledge to deal with the issue effectively in their work setting. 
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.
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

SeeMe: Change Network
See Me will award up to £2,000 to support the development of strong partnerships that will create and deliver projects to challenge mental health stigma and discrimination.
Deadline 31/5/16
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

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

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

Children & Young Person’s ASN Advocacy Worker (21 hours, Part-Time) £25,152  – pro-rata  Fixed Term until 31 May 2020.
Partners In Advocacy are looking for a Children & Young Person’s ASN Advocacy Worker for their Edinburgh Office.
Closing date Noon 18/4/16
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Happy Reading  from everyone here at the SIAA.

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