This Greatest Hits compilation style annual report provided an opportunity to reflect on twenty years of C-Change Scotland. When we looked back, it was the focus on relationships, people and purpose that sung most loudly. It was the opportunities to learn and develop together, to continually listen and improve, that we valued most highly and that were our chart toppers. We hope you have enjoyed them.
The world has changed a lot since the organisation started on the 1st May 2001 and it will continue to change at pace over the next 20 years.
The creation of the National Care Service is on the horizon, and Scotland is set to incorporate more UN human rights conventions into domestic law, including the UN Convention on the Rights of Person with Disabilities. The economic, social and political climates are as turbulent as they have been in the organisation’s history. So, what does that mean for the future of C-Change Scotland?
It means we will continue to focus on relationships, people, and purpose. We will redouble our efforts to ensure people who require support to lead their good life have control over that support, and that it changes as their will and preferences change. We will champion the role of our dedicated colleagues and all those who work in social care. Supporting your fellow citizens is good work, valuable work, it is key work that sustains our families and our communities. It needs to be respected and remunerated as such, and we will march under that banner until it is.
We will continue to ensure that a human rights-based approach scaffolds the organisation’s activities and that when we are not sure how to proceed, we look to our Guiding Framework to help us. We will continue to work in partnership with anyone who is committed to improving the lives of disabled people and their families locally, nationally, and internationally. For we know, when we are all included and can flourish, we all benefit.
In the words of the great poet Seamus Heaney,
“Hope is not optimism, which expects things to turn out well, but something rooted in the conviction that there is good worth working for”.
There is much to do, and we are keen to play our part ensuring Scotland is a place where everyone has their human rights respected, protected and fulfilled.
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