Scottish Disability Equality Forum
SDEF Voice 38
Welcome to the latest issue of SDEF Voice, Scottish Disability Equality Forum members’ e-newsletter.
In the last edition, we spoke about our plans for a new Area Champions Scheme and continuing the theme of local Champions, we also have an update on the See Me Scotland campaign – the Power of Okay and a petition from a See Me Scotland Community Champion to raise awareness of issues relating to “invisible” illnesses.
UK Disability History Month runs from 22 November to 22 December 2016 and is about recognising the history of disabled people and the positive impact they have made and continue to make in society. The theme this year is language, looking at language and the power that it can have to label people. Make sure to get in touch with us if you are planning to do something for Disability History Month and you might just feature in next months’ SDEF voice!
Some of the articles in this month’s issue:
- Funding Opportunities
- WordPress Training is ideal for PanelTown
- SDEF Board Recruitment
- Improve access
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A Message from Ian
First of all, I want to say a big thank you to everyone who attended our recent Annual General Meeting and to all the Access Panels that came along to the Access Panel Conference. It was a fantastic day with some brilliant guest speakers.
To the people who attended you’ll no doubt remember me talking about Partnership, Positivity and Promotion and I want to take this opportunity to remind everyone about how important they are, to SDEF and the wider Access Panel Network.
- Partnership – whether it’s working with your local authority on a planning application or with several of your fellow Access Panels – none of us can do what we do in isolation. Working in partnership is so vitally important to ensure that we can achieve our outcomes and objectives.
- Positivity – I’ve spent the last few months visiting as many Access Panels as possible and the overwhelming mood has been upbeat. It’s been great to see how positive everyone is about the future and it’s important that we keep this momentum going. I think it’s easy at times to forget what an amazing thing we have – a network of over 250 dedicated volunteers, each giving their time to help their local community and disabled people across Scotland. I think that’s something to be immensely proud about.
- Promotion – getting your name out there! You’re more likely to succeed and gain influence in your local communities if you have a brand that people can recognise and associate with. It’s important that the public are aware of Access Panels so that might mean contacting local schools and colleges for volunteers or holding disability awareness days. Whatever you choose to do working in Partnership, make it Positive and Promote yourselves.
So, following on from Partnership, Positivity and Promotion I’d like to ask for some volunteers to work with me on designing a new Area Champions scheme. We will need one Access Panel from the following areas to become their Area Champion:
- Highlands and Islands
- Western Isles and Argyll
- North East
- Forth Valley and Tayside
- Lothian and Borders
- Glasgow and Clyde Valley
- South West
If your Access Panel wants to find out more about the Area Champions scheme, then contact me on 01259 272066 or firstname.lastname@example.org