Dumfries and Galloway Special Interest Group

Dumfries and Galloway Providers ARC Scotland facilitates the D + G Special Interest Group. This group has membership from service provider organisations and other agencies and individuals who are interested in ensuring people with learning difficulties have access to high quality services and to a good life in their community. The Local Authority and on occasion the NHS attend the meetings for part of the time to share information and discuss issues of mutual interest.

The Group discusses a broad range of issues relevant to supporting people with learning difficulties to lead the best possible lives, and to the delivery of high quality person centred services. Anyone interested in improving the lives of people with learning difficulties in the area is welcome to attend.

Aims and outcomes of the SIG

The SIG’s aim is to provide a forum which enables organisations to work together to improve the quality of services and opportunities for people with a learning disability living in D + G.  The group meetings will be used to:

  • Work together to share good practice and live issues.
  • Provide an opportunity for working in partnership with health and social care colleagues.
  • Contribute to the strategic development planning process.
  • Improve the quality of health for people receiving support.
  • Develop and sustain high quality personalised services that promote well being, independence, resilience, involvement and inclusion.
  • Improve skills and knowledge in the workforce

Forum Chairperson

The Forum is chaired by one of the members of the group. The Chairperson is the source of contact for the Local Authority, NHS or anyone else who wishes to engage with the Forum. S/he will chair the Forum meeting, attend other groups and meetings, write letters and take other appropriate action on behalf of the Forum and it’s membership. The Chairperson is elected each year at the Annual Review meeting.  The current Chairperson is Ricky Lewis, Key Community Supports.

The Forum also invites speakers on issues of relevance and on occasion organises workshop and events to allow for fuller discussion and learning and development around specific issues. The Forum also seeks to work closely with self advocates across the area.

Easy Read information on the Special Interest Group

Here is a brief explanation of what the SIG is which we hope is easy to understand.  Please click here Easy read info re Special Interest Group

To view the Special Interest Group’s Constitution – please click here – Constitution

Dates of meeting in 2017 are:

  • 27th January 2017
  •  24th March 2017
  • 19th May 2017
  • 28th July 2017
  • 15th September 2017
  • 17th November 2017

All meetings are from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

ARC Scotland consulted with the Forums it supports to gather members views about the benefits of collaborate working.  To view the Report – Working Together in Challenging Times – please click here – ARC local 5.6.15[2]

Get in touch with ARC ScotlandHow to join
If you would like to join us, or would like more information, please contact Sylvia Crick:

0131 663 4444

The Scottish GovernmentThe Scottish Government funds ARC Scotland to facilitate Provider Forums in 8 local authority areas – Aberdeenshire, Angus, Dumfries and Galloway, Dundee City, Fife, Perth and Kinross, Moray and Scottish Borders.

The aim is to improve the quality of life for people who have a learning disability by supporting anyone who is involved in the planning and delivery of support and services.