It with great sadness that we heard that James Rankin has died peacefully in his sleep. James was a long term member of the Learning Disability Alliance Scotland and helped to make the Alliance what it is today. He was well known for his great sense of humour and passionate sense of justice for those who were less able to speak up than him. He took part in many of our initiatives such as training other people with learning disabilities to campaign or talking about day centre closures. This picture shows James at a 2011 protest in Glasgow about cuts to support services.
James often told the story about how after his parents died it was the help of Key Community Supports that saved his life. He was slowly fading away in the family home, when he was offered support from Key. He told us this gave his life new purpose and he would always find ways of paying them back by supporting their work and challenging those were undermining social care.
The world is a poorer place for the passing of James. Rest In Peace, Friend.