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|07 Apr 2017|
Forth Valley Stronger Together
They have worked with First Bus to make a pamphlet on what would help people with disabilities have a good experience on the bus.
First Bus have lots of copies to help their bus drivers know more about disabled people. If you would like a copy too, please click on the picture
The Glasgow Stronger Together Group have followed the developments with the Keys To Life and importance placed on good health. As a result they have produced a short pamphlet for people with learning disabilities to talk about how to get better health. It focuses mainly on healthy eating and exercise and the benefits they bring.
They see this being used as an introduction to the matter for people with learning disabilities. It can be read by individuals or as part of a group. There is a lot more information available from other agencies which can help explore particular issues and they list some of these on the back of the pamphlet.
Download your copy by clicking on the picture
South Ayrshire Council has become the first Council in Scotland to adopt the Charter for Involvement.
The charter was put together by the National Involvement Network (NIN) and shows how people who use support services want to be involved in their services, with their service organisations and with the wider community.
It will be used as a guide for Council staff to tell them what is ‘good practice’ when it comes to health and to social care.
It will also be used by the Integrated Joint Board that looks after health and social care needs in South Ayrshire.
NIN say the Charter is one of a kind because it has been written by people who use services to help services providers do their job better and that will help everyone.
What this means for people with learning disabilities who live in South Ayrshire is that the Council has made a promise to work together with them to help meet their needs and make an action together for better services in the future.
Councillor Rita Miller from South Ayrshire Council said the Council will use the Charter to make sure people with learning disabilities are “listened to and respected.”
Lots of people have been asking what happened in the United States Presidential Election. We have put together a short Easy Read guide to the election and Donald Trumps' victory. You can download it here.
Hi. My name is Andrew Doyle and I need your help to stop an unfair attack on the lives of disabled people, people with mental health conditions and other support needs in Dumfries and Galloway. The local council has started to ask people who need social care to pay between £25 and £35 more per week for their support. This is on top of any money people were paying last year so some people are now paying up to £70 per week for support out of nothing more than their ESA and disability benefits.
We are really worried that many people will stop their support because of the cost and end up being at risk of needing far more help in the future when they get into crisis. This will put more pressure on the NHS which is already stretched, affecting us all. It doesn’t make sense.
For other people, like myself and my wife, it will make life much harder. We already live on a tight budget and rarely go out. In the future, we will have to stay home all the time and have to cut back on food and heating.
The Council says it has been too generous in the past treating all disabled people the same. Now they want people under 60 to pay more. But it’s not true that our council has been the most generous. 19 out of 32 councils in Scotland charge less than Dumfries and Galloway.
I have got together with other disabled people in the area to campaign for the “Right To A Real Life”. We are asking the council to reverse its decision of February 2016 to cut the income allowance for disabled people under 60 and give us equality with people over 60.