The Learning Disability Alliance Scotland has met over the last week with service users of supported employment services over concerns they have had over recent developments within Edinburgh. This short briefing paper provides some notes on the situation and possible solutions.
In 2011 a number of projects offering supported employment to people with disabilities were transferred from Health and Social Care to Corporate Services. Responsibility for the future of these projects now rests with Economic Development Services.
A recent paper - Review of Disability Employment Support Services in Edinburgh – has proposed that Economic Development Services reorganise its third sector supported employment services from an “employment pathway” approach into a single agency delivering “pure supported employment.”
The Edinburgh Engine Shed works with vulnerable young people to help them gain skills, confidence and self esteem to get paid employment through running a café, bakery and shop.
They raise over £150,000 a year from the business but Edinburgh Council are looking at taking away their share of the funding which will leave the Engine Shed with no choice but to close losing both an important service and a valuable community resource for the south of Edinburgh.
Dates-n-mates and The Arches are hosting "LATE" club night on Thursday 23rd May from 7.30pm till midnight.
"LATE" is Scotland's first and only inclusive club night.
The club night will be open to all but especially welcoming to people with learning disabilities. By listening to our members we recognised none of the mainstream night clubs offer a welcoming environment for people with learning disabilities.
The first "LATE" club night was in April last year and due to the huge success we arranged a second night in October. This has now become a very popular night and we are very excited to be working with The Arches again this year.
Some fantastic DJ's are lined up and the night will be even bigger and better than last year's.
If you have any questions or would like to purchase tickets please contact Stacey Murray.
Tel No. 0141 4272957
The Scottish Government has made a new law about self-directed support. This guide tells you about the new law and what it means.
The Government has also made some new rules that help people understand what will happen when people want to employ someone in their family or how some people might have to make a contribution to their support.