By supporting disabled people as
assets in and of themselves, building
on skills, talents and strengths, GDA
programmes connect disabled people:
to each other through peer support
and learning (bonding social capital)
to other disabled people and wider
(bridging social capital)
to resources, information, services
and opportunities as well as to more
powerful decision makers through
partnerships and coproduction
which shape policies and services
(linking social capital)
Using asset based approaches,
Increased connectivity - 420% amongst
those surveyed in GDA’s Drivers for
Change (DfC) and Purple Poncho Players
Increased confidence, capacity and
resilience to respond to the
disadvantages disabled people face.
A high level of trust based on shared
values and identity, ownership and
control over how GDA is run, and on
knowing access needs will be
understood and met.
Increased participation of disabled
people has led to a grassroots surge in
social capital with a focus on enabling
resilience and contributions.
A strong, articulate, cohesive and more
resilient community of interest has
been co-created as a result of
investment in social connections.
Vital assets to local and national policy
priorities in the form of both individual
disabled people and GDA itself.
GDA is run by and for disabled people. We have thousands of members across Glasgow. We are free to join, run free learning and events and offer free transport for everything we do.
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