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About Get Connected and Lead

Get Connected and Lead LeafletDisabled people are currently under-represented as decision makers within communities. This new three year project aims to rectify this situation.

In April 2010 the development phase of the "Get Connected and Lead: Maximising the influence of minority voices" project began. This pilot project  reaches across Highland, Glasgow, West Dunbartonshire and Inverclyde.

This project offers disabled people and carers the opportunity to become a Community Leader and to undertake a new accredited SQA Customised Award, to develop the skills needed to engage with decision makers and influence local decision making. Through the new  SQA Customised Award disabled people and carers will gains new skills and develop existing skills in order to build confidence so they can then engage with service providers to jointly develop and evaluate local services.  Learners who complete the learning programme will also have the opportunity to use their learning to reach out and encourage others to get involved.

Service providers will have the opportunity to provide better services by actually working with disabled service users to ensure the best service is provided.  Service providers will also have the opportunity to interact with other professionals  to develop and test a new partnership framework and a new quality tool and evaluation tool.

The project will also involve volunteers who will support disabled people and carers through the new learning programme and beyond.

Training Development & Support Workers will work with the learners, volunteers and service providers in each of the areas to ensure the success of all involved. To see the Training Development & Support Worker in your area check out Home page or the Contact page.

There will be an online facility connecting learners across the project areas and offering a blended learning approach to the delivery of the course.

Contact Eleanor Brown, Project Co-ordinator, for more information, telephone 07768263662, email ebrown@lead.org.uk,

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