Dundee Learning Disability Providers Forum

Dundee Forum 5 2014-03-13 10.19.12 The Aim of the Dundee Learning Disability Providers Forum is to increase the skills and capacity of providers organisation to improve the quality of life for people with learning disabilities in Dundee.

The Strategic Objectives to achieve this are:-

  1. To enable provider organisations and other stakeholders to work together and learn from each other.
  2. To support the Forum to produce a Work Plan that identifies local action needed to address key legislative and policy changes and the values that underpin them.  We will particularly focus on Self Directed Support, the Keys to Life and Health and Social Care Integration.
  3. To support and facilitate partnerships between providers, Social Work (including Commissioning Teams), Health, Community Planning and Advocacy groups to share information, learning and collaborative work.  A particular focus will be on contributing to the strategic planning process through the Strategic Planning Group.
  4. To share information and resources with Provider Forum members via emails and local information pages on the ARC Scotland website.

Representatives from Dundee City Council are invited to attend and contribute to, Forum meetings.

City group first to sign up to learning disabilities charter

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Dundee’s Strategic Planning Group for Learning Disability and Autism has become the first public body in Scotland to sign up to a national charter ensuring that people with additional support needs have a say in the issues that affect them.

The Charter for Involvement is a national initiative funded by the Scottish Government and written by members of the National Involvement Network (NIN) with learning disabilities, setting out the standards they would like to see for everybody that receives social care support.

Supported by Association for Real Change (ARC Scotland) the Charter was launched last year and has already attracted a number of key organisations who are committed to working to these principals.

Ken Lynn convener of Dundee City Council’s social work and health committee said: “The adoption of the charter underlines the commitment of health, social care and partner agencies to making sure that people in Dundee with learning disability and autism have a say in the way they are supported and the services they receive while making sure they are also treated with the respect and dignity they are entitled to.

“By signing the charter the strategic planning group is setting the bar for all agencies in the city to consider their own position regarding the 12 statements expressed in it.

“The group intend to implement the charter in all areas of planning as well as supporting and encouraging service providers to do the same.”

Lynnette Linton, Chair of the National Involvement Network said “The main message of the Charter is that people want to be listened to and respected.  We hope that more people who receive support will learn about the Charter and more organisations will sign up to it.”

James Fletcher, Director of ARC Scotland said, “We are delighted that Dundee’s Strategic Planning Group for Learning Disability and Autism have decided to join the Charter and we warmly welcome them. They are doing some great work in Dundee and their commitment to the Charter’s principals will only add to this.

“We’ve had a great response to the Charter since the start of 2015 and I would actively encourage any other social care organisations in the city who would like to know more or perhaps get involved to get in touch. “

The Charter already has 23 signatories including national organisations such as Cornerstone and Quarriers who have pledged their support.

The Charter was signed by the group at the Employment Support Service at Dunsinane Avenue in
Dundee.

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Work Plan

The Forum sets a work plan each year, outlining the priority areas that members want to work on and the outcomes they would like to achieve.  This is reviewed and updated regularly at meetings.

The Forum also invites speakers on issues of relevance and organises occasional workshops and events to allow for fuller discussion, learning and development around specific themes.

Forum Chairperson

The Forum is chaired by one of the members of the group, who is elected each year at the Annual Review meeting.  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, help to draw up the Agenda, attend other groups and meetings, write letters and take other appropriate action on behalf of the Forum and its membership.

ARC Scotland’s role

ARC Scotland provides a member of staff to facilitate the Forum, provide administrative support and ensure that the meetings help to meet the learning needs and issues identified by provider organisations.

It also supports the Chairs of Provider Forums to share learning, progress, shared Work Plan activities and feedback on the support provided by ARC Scotland.

All Forum meetings take place from 9.30 – 12.30.

2017 dates are:

  • 12 January
  • 16 March
  • 18 May
  • 6 July
  • 31 August
  • 2 November

Anyone with an interest in Learning Disability is welcome to attend.

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

brid.cullen@arcuk.org.uk
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.