Do you have experience of using or trying to use adult social care support as a deaf person, disabled person or as an unpaid carer/supporter or both?
Would you like to use your experience to make change, by directly influencing Scottish Government policy about adult social care support?
Apply to join the People-led Policy Panel (PLPP) and be part of working with the Scottish Government and others to help build a new national social care support system for Scotland based on human rights!
We would like to recruit 13 new members from all over Scotland. We are particularly welcoming applications from:
- Deaf, Deafblind, deafened or hard of hearing people;
- People with experience of Dementia either as an unpaid carer/supporter or a person with Dementia;
- BAME and LGBTQI+ D/deaf or disabled people or unpaid carers;
- Deaf or disabled people and unpaid carers who also have experience of mental health issues;
- Deaf or disabled people and unpaid carers who live in a remote island community.
Have your say on how a new social care support system or service can best meet the needs of D/deaf and disabled people and unpaid carers/supporters.
The People-led Policy Panel meets every 6 – 8 weeks, usually for two hours. We are meeting using Zoom just now because of the Covid pandemic.
- Develop additional skills and knowledge that will be useful in the future such as working with others to influence policy, how to use your lived experience to make change and public speaking.
- Learn more about how decision and policy-making works in Scotland and how to influence it.
- Meet new people.
Build your confidence.
Training and induction from Inclusion Scotland and peer support from existing members will be available for new members.
BSL/English interpreters and/or Electronic Notetakers will be provided at meetings and events upon request.
Here is what some of our current members have to say about their experience of being on the PLPP:
“I was concerned it would just be a talking shop and was questioning if concerns they had would be acted upon. But…I’ve learnt that people in Scottish Government etc. are willing to listen to people with lived experience. … I do feel that progress is being made”.
“The joint working is bearing fruit but there is still a way to go”
“It’s been a good experience…. For me the most important thing to learn was that I’m not alone in navigating the shortcomings of policy.
“The civil servants are willing to listen and I think they genuinely learnt new things”.
“There’s a lot of untapped skill and potential that disabled people have. The PLPP model provides an opportunity for governments to tap into that”
“We grabbed the opportunity to make sure it’s something about us and with us” .
The application pack:
The application form:
People-led Policy Panel Application Form
The role description:
People Led Policy Panel Member role description in British Sign Language: