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Supercharged: A Human Catastrophe – Inequalities, Participation and Human Rights, before during and beyond COVID19
Participatory Glasgow – leaving no-one behind

Since September 2018, with Participatory Budgeting funds from the Scottish Government and Glasgow City Council, Glasgow Disability Alliance (GDA) has supported over 1000 disabled people to contribute over 8,000 hours to help shape and drive forwards a flagship Equalities approach to Participatory Budgeting in Glasgow, to ensure no-one is left behind. This report tells the story of this work and sets out what needs to happen so that disabled people can be included in decisions about their communities.

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Dare To Dream: Future Visions (Briefing Note)

Future Visions Briefing Note

Building Connections: GDA Social Capital Report Summary

This Summary gives an overview of the findings of Assist Social Capital – for a copy of the full Report, please contact GDA.
Key Findings
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 communities (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, GDA delivers:

Increased connectivity – 420% amongst those surveyed in GDA’s Drivers for Change (DfC) and Purple Poncho Players (PPP) programmes.

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.

My Choices: A Vision for Self Directed Support

The project has established an innovative and successful model for supporting disabled people to achieve their personal goals
It is hoped that My Choices has wider lessons which inspire service planners and policy makers in relation to Self Directed Support and models of support which disabled people value and benefit from.

As the project was all about promoting choice and control, it seemed appropriate to carry it out as a form of co-produced participatory action research. All the participants themselves were researchers, recorders and reporters. The project evolved and changed as it went along. It’s an adventure! No one knows when they set out quite what will happen or where they will end up.

These finding hope to influence models which can enable maximum choice and control, enable disabling disabled people to live the life they choose with the support they need, participating in their communities and having the same chances and choices for equality and fulfilment as other citizens.

My Choices: I did it my way

My Choices: I did it my way

Wisdom Wit and A Whirl

Glasgow Disability Alliance (GDA) held Wisdom, Wit and a Whirl, a briefing and consultation event on the Reshaping Care for Older People (RCOP) agenda on Friday 14th June. 202 older disabled people and older people with long term health conditions attended.The event was an opportunity for the proposals to be tested with older people directly and this report summarises the views of older disabled people.
Participants generally understood the reasons for change and were in agreement with the direction of travel proposed, although there was concern that resources would be insufficient so support to older disabled people would effectively be cut.

Having a meaningful life through having purpose, choices and control, social connections and interactions, participating and making a contribution were seen as vital in keeping older people healthy and well. Older people were clear that independent living for them went beyond doing things by themselves, keeping safe from harm and physical rehabilitation- whilst these were important, they also wanted opportunities to meet people and make friends or sustain friendships, to participate, to learn, to be active including “getting out and about” and to contribute- helping others at times or simply taking part and giving their views and experiences: these are the things which keep them really well and give their lives meaning.

There was acknowledgement that support may be required to do these things and that this could take many forms e.g. with medication, with care at home, personal care and support to go out e.g. Self Directed Support, support to raise aspirations and come up with ideas since they may have lost confidence and been deprived of choices and chances to try new things or make new friends, support to organise transport or activities including learning, accessing community groups, aids and equipment and support from neighbours, friends and family. There was overwhelming consensus that older people must also be supported to have their voices heard- individually and collectively. Critically, older people believed that with the right support, they could achieve a great deal and would in turn be much healthier and well.

The collective definition of Independent Living established was not about older people doing everything by themselves in isolation but more importantly, about participating fully in life, with whatever support is needed. This is about having choices and a sense of purpose- equal to others and not “less” because they are older and disabled- having diversity, strengths and being individually valued, taking account of experience and identity, and being treated as an equal citizen with the same rights as others.

Future Visions Summary Report

Future Visions Summary Report

GDA Social Capital Evaluation – Full Report

Read the report in full, with a foreword by Angela Constance MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Communities, Social Security and Equalities.

Key Findings

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 communities (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, GDA delivers:
  • Increased connectivity – 420% amongst those surveyed in GDA’s Drivers for Change (DfC) and Purple Poncho Players (PPP) programmes.
  • 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.

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