Success in East Renfrewshire

Success in East Renfrewshire

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The Friends of Barrhead and Thornliebank Resource Centres who were campaigning to save both their local day centres have put out the following statement from East Renfrewshire Health and Social Care Partnership who have now decided to keep o[en both centres. Please read the very brief statement below from the East Renfrewshire Health and Social Care Partnership - it is an excellent result for the group but the statement also demonstrates our need to keep together and to keep engaging with them as the centres start to change. We will thank all the individuals and organisations who have offered their support over the last years - ERDA, PAMIS, Learning Disability Alliance,Downs Syndrome Society, SDSForumER, carers' representatives, MSPs etc This is a great group and we have made a significant impact in East Renfrewshire....( and beyond  - some Glasgow carers rightly…
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More people with learning disabilities get help to work

More people with learning disabilities get help to work

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Record numbers of people with learning disabilities and mental health conditions are being helped into work by the Access to Work scheme. New figures from the Department for Work and Pensions show more than 2,000 people with a learning disability were helped by the initiative in the year to 31 March 2015 with more new awards than ever before. The number of people with mental health conditions using the scheme – which includes the recently-established Mental Health Support Service in Access to Work – has continued to rise and now stands at more than 1,600. Users can receive help with travel to work as well as access to support workers and specialist adaptations to help overcome the challenges they face in the workplace. Their employers will receive financial support with…
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Defend Glasgow Services

Defend Glasgow Services

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Lobby of Glasgow Council Budget Cuts Meeting Thursday, February 19 at 12:30pm City Chambers, George Square. The people of Glasgow should not have to pay for the mistakes of millionaire bankers. • Defend services and jobs • No to cuts in public spending • Oppose the privatisation of public services • Tax the banks and financial institutions that caused the crisis. End tax avoidance by the super-rich and make them pay their fair share • For a united campaign of public services workers, community/ voluntary organisations and service user groups to defend Glasgow’s services
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Day Opportunities under threat in Falkirk

Day Opportunities under threat in Falkirk

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Other services are currently under threat. This year in Falkirk two employment services for disabled people are facing financial challenges. ASSET is a council run non profit making business to get people with learning disabilities into work. In a sheltered workshop setting they make a lot of different things, from fences, benches, bird houses, planters, balloons, wedding favours, invitations and much more. A redesign of employment services to people with a disability is being proposed with potential closure mooted. Also in the same area is the Caledonia Clubhouse is an employment service for people with mental health problems and people with learning disabilities which helps people take up a range of options from volunteering to employment. It tries not to pressure vulnerable adults too quickly. Falkirk Council is reviewing its…
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A Record of Efforts to Save The Engine Shed

A Record of Efforts to Save The Engine Shed

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A Statement by the Engine Shed Over the last year at the Engine Shed has tried to work with Edinburgh Council to resolve our difficulties. This includes:        Receiving a further years transition funding of £211,000 until April 2015 to allow time to develop new opportunities;         Meeting and working  with Business Gateway to develop new ways of workings;         Working with a Community Enterprise Consultant funded by the Just Enterprise scheme operated by Business Gateway.         Spending 4 months in an ultimately unsuccessful negotiations with the “Preferred Consortium” to secure a place in a joint tender that recognised the Engine Shed’s unique contribution to support young adults in learning employments skills.        A willingness to explore new option for…
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Engine Shed Briefing for Scottish Parliament S4M-11033# Sarah Boyack:

Engine Shed Briefing for Scottish Parliament S4M-11033# Sarah Boyack:

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Edinburgh’s Engine Shed is now in the process of closing and will wind up over the next 3 months. The closure of this service raises a number of issues that are of interest to policies.   1.       Lack of long term funding for supported employment 2.       Policy rush to accommodate new ideas 3.       Cherry picking of those most able to achieve employment 4.       “Give back” funding to win contracts 5.       Lack of choice of personalised suport The Engine Shed in Edinburgh provided organic bread, tofu and other food stuffs, ran a popular café and well used conference facilities.  But it’s main job was to provide training opportunities for 30 young people with learning disabilities, autism and other special needs.   Over a three year placement these young people had plenty of…
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Less people with learning disability in jobs

Less people with learning disability in jobs

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The number of people with substantial learning disabilities in England and Wales who are in paid employment has fallen. While unemployment in Britain generally has been fallen, the Department of Health has suggested that the proportion of learning disabled people who were in paid employment fell from 7% in 2012-13 to 6.8% in 2013-14. This is probably caused by cuts in the supported employment programmes which help people get into work. Figures for Scotland from ESAY suggest paid employment in Scotland is less at only 6.2% (not including those training for employment)
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The Closure Of The Engine Shed – A Warning To The Government?

The Closure Of The Engine Shed – A Warning To The Government?

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Edinburgh’s Engine Shed is now in the process of closing and will wind up over the next 6 months. But are other services facing a similar fate? Last year thousands of people signed petitions and protested against the closure of Edinburgh’s Engine Shed. This vital service provided much need training for young people with special needs when they left school and college. It gave them time to get ready for the world of work. The Engine Shed was also popular because of its café, wholesome foods and conference facilities. However it was dependent on a grant from Edinburgh Council to continue operations. But those grants have been under pressure for a while and further cuts are proposed in the 2015-16 budget.   Edinburgh’s specialist employability services to date have been…
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Two more day centres in Glasgow to shut

Two more day centres in Glasgow to shut

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On Thursday 22nd of January, the Executive Committee of Glasgow Council decided to close another two day centres, Southbrae and the Wedge. The council say that only 21 people still use Southbrae and 15 the Wedge and most of them are not full time. This comes less than 12 months after the last round of closures took place and the council says that many people who are getting budgets are choosing to spend them eleswehere and now they have no choice but to close the centres. Do you still use one of these two centres, Southbrae or the Wedge? If so what do you think? Do you want to move to another centre or move elsewhere altogether? Or do you want to stay? If you have stopped using one of…
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