4 March 2016

Keep an eye out for our new animation ‘Opening Doors’ which will be on our website after the official Premiere on the 4th of March. In the meantime you can watch the film’s trailer on our new YouTube channel.

‘Hundreds’ of young in old people’s homes
According to the charity Sue Ryder, younger people with neurological conditions are being cared for in old people’s homes.

Paul Donnachie’s benefits were suspended. Months later, he killed himself
It seems a mix of incompetence and cruelty to expect someone like Paul, dealing with a severe mental health problem, to do as the benefits system requires

Government policies lead to fall in alcohol consumption
NHS Health Scotland found that a ban on multi-buy drinks promotions was among a number of successful initiatives.

Dignity and respect at heart of new welfare system
A new Scots welfare agency will ensure claimants are treated with “dignity and respect”.

Cuts to social services lead to ‘biggest rise in death rates since the war’
Data from the Office of National Statistics shows a 5.4% (27,000) increase in deaths in the past year alone, prompting calls for an urgent investigation.
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.

Joseph Rowntree Foundation: The costs and benefits of paying all the lowest paid care home workers in the UK the living wage
This report looks into the impact of paying low paid care home workers the living wage.

Couple Counselling Lothian: Press Release
Couple Counselling Lothian has a new name – Bright Light which launched on leap year day Monday 29th February. 
CSL: Motivating Staff and Overcoming Difficulties
For more information or to book a place please contact: Charlotte Lee at [email protected]

SCVO: Financial Planning for Non-financial Managers
The session will familiarise participants with the concepts and language of financial management and provide basic technical knowledge and skills to allow participants to improve the financial management of their own organisations.
Glasgow, 9/3/16

CSL: Assertiveness Skills
For more information or to book a place please contact: Charlotte Lee at [email protected]
Edinburgh, 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
NHS Scotland et al.: Declaration Festival
The programme will feature 30 events – a mixture of film screenings, performances, debates, workshops and provocations, each one inspired by one of the 30 articles in the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights, with a focus on how human rights and the right to health come alive in Scotland today.
3/3/16 to 6/3/16

The VOX Collective & Mental Health Network (Greater Glasgow): Rights and Treatment – Getting the Balance Right 
This seminar aims to look at the start of a long term project around how people can actually find out about and know their rights. For more information or to book a place please contact: [email protected]
Glasgow, 24/3/16

AdvoCard and Edinburgh Community Voices: Human Rights and Advanced Statements
This event aims to show how Human Rights can be used to make Advance Statements stronger with Cathy Asante from the Scottish Human Rights Commission.  This event will start promptly at 2pm in the Conference Room at Volunteer Edinburgh, at 222 Leith Walk.  Places for this event are limited, so if you would like to come along, please email [email protected] or call the AdvoCard office on 0131 554 5307. 
Edinburgh, 10/3/16 

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
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
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
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

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
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Happy Reading  from everyone here at the SIAA.

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