Holly Millar – My story (so far)

Published: December 17, 2018

 
Prior to being supported by C-Change I was not leading the life I wanted. I was supported by another organisation (I will not name) and I was not happy. Different support workers would come in each day and none I got to know shared my interest in politics.

I used to sit and watch television with my support worker. I got very bored with them and ended up asking them to leave. My support was not working for me. My support was based on housework – It was not fun.

Since receiving the right support my life has very much changed for the better. I feel so much happier now. I have been matched up with the right support sharing my interests in politics and human rights.

I am very interested in politics and with encouragement I contacted the Conservative Party. I got involved doing office work and putting leaflets out. I contacted a local Councilor David Meikle to get more involved. I went to the count for the first time at the European elections, then the general election and the Scottish Referendum where I stayed up until the early hours – it was very exciting.

I get support when I choose to. I live in my own home and I am very independent. I have my own support budget and I use it to do the things I want to do in my life. People with disabilities should have a life they choose.

I am a Director of dates-n-mates, a dating and friendship agency run by and by for people with learning disabilities. l am an event Director and part of my job is to help organise and attend events. I also meet with members to discuss what they like and want from dates-n-mates (this link will take you away from our website).

I am involved in research around choice for people with disabilities – i.e not having to go to bed early due to the support they receive. We are going to start campaign for people with disabilities to have a right to a social life.

I now do public speaking on human rights and political topics. I have attended three Conservative Party conferences and have even met former Prime Minister David Cameron (at the time he was PM).

I am my own person with my own interests and I am leading the life I have chosen to.

By Holly Millar

(The Alliance: Humans of Scotland Project)

This story was part of The Alliance: Humans of Scotland Initiative. For more on this click here

Human Rights to be written into Scottish Law

Published: December 11, 2018

 

A comprehensive set of human rights are to be written into Scottish law for the first time amid fears that existing protections may be eroded when the UK leaves the EU.

Professor Alan Miller, who chaired the advisory group, said internationally recognised human rights “belong to everyone in Scotland and must be put into our law”.

Scottish Human Rights Commission chair Judith Robertson described the decision as an “important milestone”, coming 70 years after the signing of the UN Declaration of Human Rights.

Click on the following link to find out more: inews.co.uk/news/scotland/human-rights-to-be-written-into-scottish-law-amid-brexit-fears

Click here for to view the final report and advice with recommendations for a new human rights framework in Scotland (First Ministers Advisory Group on Human Rights Leadership)

Website for (Scottish Government) First Minister’s Advisory Group on Human Rights Leadership: humanrightsleadership.scot

 

International Human Rights Day 2018

Published: December 10, 2018

 

 

Today is International Human Rights Day 2018.

Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10th December – the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted, in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Today marks the 70th Anniversary of this declaration.

Seventy years later, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is just as powerfully relevant as it was on its first day.

Human rights are everyone’s rights. Know your rights and help spread the word!

Let’s stand up for equality, justice and human dignity! Whatever nationality, place of residence, sex, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, ability, language, or any other status. We are all equally entitled to our human rights without discrimination. These rights are all interrelated, interdependent and indivisible.

Find out more about Human Rights Day 2018:
www.un.org/en/events/humanrightsday

Click here to download an illustrated edition of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).

 

“Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home — so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. […] Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerted citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world.” — Eleanor Roosevelt