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24 Jan 2017
Dundee Stronger Together

Waterloo Close NHS care facility in Kirkintilloch, East Dunbartonshire near Glasgow cares for 6 people with profound learning disabilities and should provide safe and secure care.  

Over a 2 year period following his admission,  Michael Howard, 53, who has Down’s Syndrome suffered black eyes and broken ribs at the care centre and was struck so hard that he had to be rushed to hospital.     Michael’s ordeal came to a head when he was taken to hospital on July 7, 2014, after being found covered in blood with a serious wound to his genitals.  The doctor treating him at Glasgow Royal Infirmary insisted on contacting social services.

Managers at the Waterloo Close NHS care facility had failed to call the police after any of the previous incidents, meaning the chance to gather crucial forensic evidence was lost.

His brother Neil said: “Michael had no track record of being to accident and emergency before he moved there in 2012 but suddenly he was suffering all manner of injuries that could not be explained.


On behalf of the Scottish Government, SCLD supports a group of people with learning disabilities from across the country to come together and talk about how The keys to life has affected them. The aim of the group is to make sure that the voices of people with learning disabilities inform how The keys to life is implemented.We would like to recruit some new people onto the group. We want to make sure the group covers a wider range of experiences. For example, we would like to include:


  • carers
  • People with complex needs
  • People from minority ethnic backgrounds
  • People from 18 – 25 years old
  • People from all over Scotland

Meetings happen in Edinburgh and Glasgow. SCLD will pay travel expenses.

We have written a paper with information about the group and the type of people we want to join it, and there is an application form to fill in. If you think this group is something you, or someone you know, would be interested in please read the paper and think about applying.

What is the Keys to Life Expert Group?

Application form

The SCLD has published a response to the British Institute of Human Right's call for evidence.  They are  drafting a joint civil society shadow report part of the Universal Periodic Review process. The report will take into account evidence provided by civil society organisations at eight events held across Great Britain in April and May 2016 as well as evidence submitted following a call for evidence. 

You can read what SCLD said here.    


The Carer's Act was passed earlier this year but is not currently being implemented.  Currently Scottish Ministers are considering what is called the Commencement Date.  This is the date when the everybody must start doing what the Act says.  This will definitely be by the end of 2017 but not all parts might be done at once.  

Over the summer of 2016, we can expect to see the first draft regulations being published and people will be able to comment on these.  The Carers Act contain significant improvements to carer's rights and support and will be expected to cost quite a bit more.  Some budgets have been set.   About £16 million for Year One rising to about £74 million in Year Four.  And there are promises that if more funds are needed to deliver this then they will be made available.  

Important features of the Carers Act include:

  • Carers Assessments will be replaced by new assessments called Adult Carer Support Plans and Young Carers Statements.
  • Carers whose identified needs meet local eligibility criteria will have a right to support
  • Carers whose identified needs do not meet local eligibility criteria should still have access to other forms of support and information and advice and local authorities will still have a power to provide support.
  • The development of local eligibility criteria must involve consultation and involvement of carers and carer organisations.
  • Carers cannot be charged for any support they receive

The Learning Disability Alliance Scotland are recruiting a new 


Based in Edinburgh   Salary £35,000 plus 7% pension contribution Full Time:  35 Hours

An exciting opportunity to play a key role in supporting people with Learning Disabilities throughout Scotland campaign and connect with politicians and decision makers in order to improve their lives and enjoy all the benefits that Scotland can offer.    The Coordinator has the lead role in maintaining, developing and creating opportunities for the organisation and working with the Board to shape and drive its strategic vision.

Our Mission is to listen to people with learning disabilities and their families, find ways to present their views to decision makers and make sure that policies, laws and decisions reflect these views. 

The Coordinator will be committed to LDAS’s principles and beliefs, have experience in a leadership role and excel in strategic and creative thinking.  An excellent communicator, the Coordinator will demonstrate credibility and integrity, and will build and maintain key relationships and partnerships.

The Learning Disability Alliance Scotland is an association of 44 Scottish voluntary organisations of and for people with learning disabilities and their carers. The primary purpose of the Alliance is to raise awareness of the needs and issues concerning people with learning disabilities amongst the principal law and policy makers within Scotland. 

Our Mission is to 

  1. Listen to people with learning disabilities and their families.
  2. Find ways to present their views to decision makers.
  3. Make sure that policies, laws and decisions reflect these views.  
  4. To be a well run organisation.

The Learning Disability Alliance Scotland is an equal opportunities employer.  Scottish Charity SC043032.

Closing date: 5pm, Monday 1st of August.   Interviews: on Wednesday 17th of August in Edinburgh.

People with learning disabilities will be part of the shortlisting and interview process.   Some of them may need help reading complicated words.   You may choose to complete and submit the written application form and we will make sure they understand fully what you have said.  Or you can choose to record your answers on to a short mobile phone video and upload it to our WeTransfer Plus account (ldas.wetransfer.com) which will be easier for everyone to understand directly.  We will treat both forms of submission equally.      


If you require further information that is not contained in any of the recruitment files below, then please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Coordinator Job Description

Coordinator Job Specification

Coordinator Application Form

Our Work Brochure

Annual Review 2015 




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