Scottish Borders Learning Disability Service Provider Forum

Scottish Borders Providers ForumARC Scotland facilitates the Scottish Borders Providers Forum. This group has membership from provider organisations who deliver services to people with learning difficulties. 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 Forum discusses a broad range of issues relevant to the delivery of high quality person centred services for people with a learning difficulty and to supporting people to lead the best possible lives. Those involved in planning, managing or delivering services to people with learning difficulties in the area are welcome to attend.

Aims and Outcomes of the Forum

The Borders Learning Disabilities Services Providers Group aim is to provide a forum to enable organisations which offer services to people with learning disabilities in the Scottish Borders to work together in order to contribute to the strategic development and quality of those services.  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 and social care services 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 work place

Forum Dates for 2017

All meetings take place at 10am – 1pm usually at Brothers of Charity offices, Triest House, Bridge Street, Galashiels

3rd Feb

7th April

2nd June

11th August

29th September

24th November

Forum Co-Chair

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 Co Chairperson  of the Forums are Lynne Jack – Real Life Options and Sandy Severs – Streets Ahead.

Information from the Providers Group meetings

Presentation given by Seaneen Williamson SOLD (Supporting Offenders with Learning Disabilities Network) – to download this document click here – Presentation for borders group

Guidelines on Support Planning

The Providers Group has launched Guidelines on Support Planning. There are three versions of these Guidelines, including an Accessible version and one which includes graphics.  These documents were all updated in November 2011 to incorporate a stronger Outcomes Focus.  See these documents below:

To view the Group Constitution please click here – Group Constition Final

To view the Final TOR for the Providers’ Group please click here – Final TOR for the Providers’ Group 040913 AF

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]

The Scottish Borders Learning Disability Providers Group have revised their Guidelines for Person Centred Support Planning.  The aim of the Guidelines is to provide information to people with learning disabilities, families, staff supporting individuals and services to ensure a consistently person centred approach to the process of good, empowering support planning.  The revised version follows a review of the Guidelines, developed in 2006, to take account of progress in a a number of developments, including Self Directed Support, Keys to Life, the Integration of Health and Social Care, the updated national Charter for Involvement and recognised best practice in areas such as Positive Behaviour Support and Risk Enablement. The importance of grounding all that we do in the context of Human Rights, and putting rights in a action, is also reflected and reinforced in the document. To view this document click here – GuidelinesForPersonCentredSupportPlanning

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.