Dumfries and Galloway Citizen Leadership

Some members of the Advisory Group

Members of Powerful Voices Together.

ARC Scotland, along with Enable ACE, TAG, UCI and Dumfries & Galloway Council, supports a group to meet regularly across Dumfries & Galloway.  This group Powerful Voices Together (PVT), brings people with learning difficulties and others interested in creating stronger, more inclusive comments together to discuss and take action on issues of common interest.  For more info on PVT click here – Leaflet Plain Final

“Building Safer, Healthier and Stronger Communities”

In partnership with a number of agencies, we ran a Conference on 27th June 2013 on “Building Safer, Healthier and Stronger communities’.  The Conference was opened by Louise Boustead who made the links between the themes of the Conference and ‘The Keys to Life’, the new Scottish Government strategy for improving the lives of people with learning difficulties. We had presentations from:

  • Police Scotland on ‘How to keep yourself safe’,
  • James Fair and Dawn Straiton from Key Community Supports on ‘Being a walk leader’,
  •  Kevin Keogh from UCI on a consultation exercise he carried out on behalf of the NHS in D + G to find out what people think about the health services they have used
  •  Donna Anderson, Stuart McHarg and Kevin Keogh on the work they are doing to promote Human Rights,
  •  Lynn Doyle from Key Community Supports on helping set up activities and groups to give people more social opportunities,
  • Martin Rae from Community Learning and Development about their priorities and work

There were workshops on Recycling and Volunteering

  • Getting Connected to your Community
  • Staying Healthy and
  • Respect – how to protect yourself from Bullying and Harassment.

The Conference was funded by Dumfries Lions, Voluntary Action Fund, The People’s Project, Enable Scotland and the Big Lottery so thanks to all of them.

To view the report please click here – Conference Report1

To watch the DVD with the main points from the Conference – please click here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tPJ7r2Y88ik

Image: Action Points

Action Points


Powerful Voices Together brings together self advocate groups from across Dumfries & Galloway.  To see how this works, view this diagram – new self adv map

We are promoting the Charter for Involvement

  • This sets out ways that people with learning disabilities should be involved in how the services that support them are run. ARC Scotland has worked with self advocates from Turning Point Scotland to look at how well they are involving the people they support based on the Charter Standards. Turning Point Scotland have produced an Action Plan in partnership with the self advocates. » Read more about the Charter for Involvement
  • Newsletter

  • Here is our first Newsletter to spread the good news about things which are happening in Dumfries and Galloway to help people with learning difficulties have a voice on issues that concern them.  It also gives information about Welfare Benefit changes, the Same as you Consultation, the Access Panel and various matters relating to Health!  To read the newsletter, click here Inclusion Matters
  • Second Newsletter – To view the second Newsletter please click here – Inclusion Matters 2
  • Third Newsletter – To view the third Newsletter please click here – Inclusion Matters 3
  • Powerful Voices Together has been working with Police Scotland to raise awareness of and the importance of reporting Disability Hate Crime.  We have run workshops for self advocates and staff.  We have also helped set up a Keep Safe Scheme in the area.
  •  To view Keep Safe Information – please click here – KEEP SAFE INFORMATION
  • ARC Scotland supports the Dumfries Getting Involved Group (GIG).  To view a leaflet about the GIG click here – GIG leaflet 3  Together we produced info on how to protect yourself from SCAMS…………..
  •  Delivering Training in Dumfries & Galloway – We have delivered training on a range of themes to self advocates across Dumfries & Galloway.  This includes training on ‘Active Citizenship’ on ‘Involvement in Recruiting Staff’ and on Disability Hate Crime.  For more information contact – sylvia.crick@arcuk.org.uk