Being Human Conference – Glasgow, 28th August 2018

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Published: August 14, 2018

We are getting very excited about our upcoming Being Human Conference titled Human Rights and Social Care: Putting Rights into Practice.

This will take place on Tuesday 28th August 2018 at the Scottish Universities Insight Institute, in the heart of the University of Strathclyde’s Campus in Glasgow City Centre from 1:00pm – 4:15pm.

Key Note Speaker Professor Alan Miller (Chair of the First Minister’s Advisory Group on Human Rights Leadership Scotland) will be accompanied by Emma Ritch (Executive Director, Engender Scotland), Juliet Harris (Director, Together Scotland), Henry Simmons (Chief Executive, Alzheimer Scotland) and Paul Stratton (individual C-Change works for) as our speakers on the day.

We will also have an expert panel discussion with audience participation. Our panel will include Professor Nicole Busby (University of Strathclyde), Judith Robertson (Scottish Human Rights Commission), Charlie Ferrier (Expert by experience) Graham Morgan (Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland)

The afternoon will include launch of a book titled ‘Human Rights and Social Care: Putting Rights Into Practice’ by C-Change Scotland CEO Dr Sam Smith. The conference takes inspiration from the themes covered in the book.

Places are very limited for this free event. If you are interested in attending, please register your interest before 5pm on Tuesday 21st August. We will advise you of the availability of places as soon as possible.

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Introducing Louise McDonald: Personal Development Worker (Falkirk)

Published: August 6, 2018


How long have you been working for C-Change?

I have worked for C-Change in Falkirk since January this year (2018).

What do you enjoy most about your job?

I enjoy working with the person I work for as I have a very good relationship with him. I love having a good laugh with him, he has a great sense of humour!

I like having responsibility for monthly Rotas, doing medication and finance audits. I am someone who really likes to be organised so its good for me that I get to use those skills in this role.

I really like that I have regular contact with the the person I work for’s family. I have established a really good relationship with them and feel this is really helpful. I used to work for a care and support organisation where I was not allowed to have contact with the families of the individuals I supported – I thought that was a bit strange and unhelpful.

Highlights of the job so far?

My confidence has improved massively due to the support from my Support Advisor (SA) and other team members. I feel very relaxed around my SA, its like spending time with a friend.

As I said previously, I really enjoy the responsibilities I have within my role.

I also love that there is flexibility in the shifts I do, which is important for me when it comes to organising childcare. We are very cooperative as a team. 

Hopes for the future?

To pass my SVQ level 3 qualification and further my career in care. It is definitely the right kind of work for me as I feel it fits me well. I think its in my nature to care for people.

Can you name some success stories for the person you work for?

I have supported the person I work for to reach some of his outcomes. I supported him to an autism friendly screening at the cinema, and now support him to a regular screening which has gone well.

Other activities he now enjoys include his music therapy group, walking group and playing pool.