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Self-Directed Support: Your Choice, Your Right

In principle self-directed support provides an ideal way to modernise social care to make it consistent with human rights. In practice the challenges of implementation mean that there is still a long way to go.

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Do you Care?

Local charity User and Carer Involvement (UCI) is seeking out “harder to reach” Carers throughout Dumfries and Galloway. This work has been commissioned by Dumfries & Galloway Health and Social Care Partnership. They are concerned that so many Carers are unaware of their rights and the services that are out there to support them with information and advice, a few day’s respite or the financial support for which they may qualify.

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Public Life Matters 2017


more involved in your community (for example, by volunteering for a charity or joining a community council) can help in your recovery from mental illness. Taking an active role can widen our life experiences and connections and give us new purpose.

Mental health is  now getting much greater political attention. This will open up opportunities for people with mental health conditions. It might mean joining a local organisation, standing for elected office, becoming part of a school board, getting  involved in a university research project, or getting involved in the work of a f statutory  agency.

Public Life Matters aims to identify, and inspire solutions to, the barriers that might prevent or deter people with mental health conditions from realising these new opportunities.  

Take the survey here.

Call to Register with Care Opinion Website

Care Opinion is an independent website where people can share their honest feedback about health and social care services easily and safely.

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SAVE and ISAP statement

In response to the recent global media coverage surrounding the “Blue Whale Game,” Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE) and the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) have prepared the following statement in which we express our concern about the likely negative impact on young people, in particular those who are vulnerable, and suggest that the media should be highly cautious when and if reporting on this story.

Read the full statement here

A Fairer Scotland for Disabled People

Scottish Government Delivery Plan for The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

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