DRILL Scotland

First grants awarded in Scotland

So far DRILL has awarded a total of £392,935.17 to 10 projects across the UK. Grants in Scotland have been awarded to:

Voices of Experience (VOX) for their project ‘Increasing Participation in Civic and Public Life:  Coproducing Solutions’
People First Scotland for their project ‘Does it Matter? Decision making by people with learning difficulties’
Wendy McAuslan, Development Coordinator from VOX has said

“VOX will be working in partnership with the Mental Health Foundation and the Centre for Health Policy (University of Strathclyde) to co-produce research into new ways of increasing the civic and public participation of people with mental health problems. It aims to tackle barriers such as the appalling stigma and discrimination they all too often experience, which can affect any and every area of their lives.

Led by researchers with lived experience of mental health problems themselves, the project will go beyond service user involvement in mental health services, to look at involvement in community groups, church groups, parent/teacher associations, local authorities, and even voting. This will ensure that we better understand how to reduce the barriers individuals are coming up against and, through co-production, find a range of solutions.

For example we want to understand how to increase the participation of people with mental health problems in their parent/teacher associations or community councils, or in campaigns they are passionate about or in volunteering. This in turn should lead to equal life chances – and it isn’t just a matter of improving mental health treatment. It’s exciting to have the opportunity to identify ways in which we may be able to instigate a societal shift to increase civic and public participation in ways that matter and can have real impact.”

Fiona Wallace, Chairperson of People First Scotland said:

“In Scotland, there has been a big rise in the number of Guardianship Order applications and in the numbers of people with learning disabilities who have their rights to make their own decisions removed. According to the Mental Welfare Commission Scotland, during 2015-2016 alone, one thousand and ninety-eight welfare guardianships – 41% of the total in Scotland – were awarded n for someone who has a learning disability in Scotland is successful.

In our view, a significant proportion of those people are, in fact, capable of making decisions about their lives. This DRILL grant will allow us to explore options for supported decision-making in the lives of people with learning disabilities. For once, together with other people with learning disabilities in Scotland, our own views will be taken into account. We hope that we can say what decision-making means to us, if there are any decisions that we would like someone else to make for us and share how we would like to be supported to make decisions for ourselves.

We expect this important research to give a picture of what the statistics actually mean for the lives of people with learning disabilities and how those different experiences impact on our human rights.”

Both organisations are about to start their projects. Watch this space for news of their research findings.

Stage 2 applications

In the meantime, a further nine successful Stage 1 applicants across Scotland are waiting to hear if their Stage 2 applications for funding will be successful.

The Scotland National Advisory Group (NAG) met on 7th February to rank the applications, which will  go in front of the Central Research Committee (CRC), along with those from England, Wales and Northern Ireland, in early March.

Early notification of the opening date and the nature of the next call will be put up on the website as soon as a decision is made by the DRILL Programme Board members, who are currently carrying out a review of the whole programme to date to inform future planning.

You can  contact our Programme Officer, Rosalind Tyler-Greig, if you have any questions about the programme on 0131 281 0860 or email [email protected]

Inclusion Scotland will deliver the DRILL programme across Scotland.

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Programme Officer: Rosalind-Tyler Greig

Telephone: 0131 281 0860

Email: [email protected]

Web: www.inclusionscotland.org

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