Being Human, Glasgow 2018 Conference – Thank you!

Published: August 31, 2018


We would like to thank all our speakers, panellists and delegates who attended our Glasgow Being Human 2018, Human Rights and Social Care: Putting Rights into Practice conference on Tuesday 28th of August, who collectively made it such a great afternoon.

There was a wealth of insight from our speakers and panellists on the subject of human rights. This included the rights of the child, women, disabled persons and those with dementia. We hope that the conference was thought provoking for all those who attended.

We would like to thank the Scottish Universities Insight Institute at Strathclyde University for the use of the venue on the day.

The conference and it’s subject matter was based on our CEO Dr Sam Smith‘s book under the same title as the conference. To purchase a copy, please click here to visit Dunedin Press and use CHILDSOCIAL20 at checkout for 20% off.

More pictures as well as videos from the conference will be uploaded in the near future.


Club LATE on BBC Scotland News


It was great to see Club LATE, the inclusive club night we started with our project dates-n-mates over 6 years still going strong. Now monthly thanks to the great partnership between dates-n-mates and Include Me 2 Club.

Wonderful to see it promoted on BBC Scotland News broadcast on Wednesday 29th of August 2018.

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Why We Are Talking About Human Rights & Social Care

Published: August 23, 2018


Being Human, But Why? By Dr Sam Smith (CEO, C-Change Scotland)

Tuesday 28th August 2018, marks the fourth in a series of Being Human conferences hosted by the organisation I work for, C-Change Scotland. The organisation works with disabled people with additional support needs assisting them to live their good life. So why has the organisation been spending time talking about human rights, is that not someone else’s business, like policy makers, lawyers or the courts?

We think not, we think human rights and the debates and discussion about them are absolutely the stuff of social care. Dignity, the founding principle of human rights is the bedrock of good social care, indeed of any relational interaction. The problem is there seems to be a gulf between policy and practice and rhetoric and reality. The conference also heralds the launch of the book I have written, Human Rights and Social Care, Putting Rights into Practice. The book attempts to make inroads into that gap by connecting case law and practice examples. The book uses the PANEL principles of Participation, Accountability, Non-discrimination, Empowerment and Equality and Legality as a navigational tool to guide practice.

Book launches usually take the form of an author’s lecture and drinks reception. This conference and book launch is more of a celebration of the evolution and the potential of developing a human rights based approach to social care in Scotland. It provides the forum to showcase human rights in action across a range of areas of social care including work with children, women , disabled people and those affected by Alzheimers. We are also very fortunate to have Professor Alan Miller provide the keynote presentation.

Human rights requires leadership. In Scotland we have strong and positive cross party political support for the human rights agenda. However this is not enough, we need to strengthen our citizen leadership. For people to exercise their rights they need to know about them. The aim of the conference and the book is to raise awareness of the potential of adopting a human rights based approach to social care.

We hope you can join us on the day but if not please follow us on social media using the hashtag #rightsintopractice


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Dr Sam Smith (CEO, C-Change Scotland)

22nd of August 2018


My Job Works For Me: Supporting Darran by Louise McDonald

Published: August 22, 2018


Hi, my name is Louise. I am a Personal Development Worker with C-Change. I support a young man called Darran who lives in Falkirk. I support him to maintain his own tenancy and to become more socially involved with others. Darran takes part in different activities in his community and beyond.

I have worked with Darren for 8 months now. I am learning each and every day what activities / tasks could help improve Darran’s health and social wellbeing. I have a great working relationship with Darran. I understand it can take longer for him to process some things due to his autism. Outside in the community Darran can take a bit of encouragement to get involved in things but the outcome is always positive!

I have recently attended new and further afield activities with Darran, such as Adventure Mini Golf, Bowling, and the Owl Centre. It is wonderful to see him try new things and develop his confidence.

In the future I’m certain Darran will be able do a lot more physical activities and enjoy trying more new things as his confidence grows.

Everything we do here at C-Change is in the best interest of the individual who we treat equally and with respect! This ethos fits with my own values. It’s a job I love.


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Being Human Conference 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.


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