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Congratulations to (SVE) for putting on an excellent evening of celebration for the amazing volunteers in Stirling.  It was fantastic to meet the individuals who were behind the applications and to hear from their own words, the difference they make for others, through using their own time and skills.

- Kristine Johnson, Stirling Council

Charity Trading, Contracts & Tax Seminar
January 2017

'As someone who advises charities, this has been really helpful.  It puts me in a better position to answer the questions that charties pose!'

- J Cowie Stirling Council


New TripAdvisor Site for Disability Access

A new website set up by a Scottish wheelchair user will offer reviews of the disability access of pubs, restaurants and visitor attractions.

Euan MacDonald, who has motor neurone disease, said visiting pubs, restaurants, hotels and visitor attractions has become much more difficult since he became a wheelchair user four years ago. Alongside his sister, Kiki, MacDonald has now set up a website to review venues and their facilities in a TripAdvisor style.

The site enables users to rate the accessibility, toilets and staff at a venue and also whether a range of different facilities are available including sign language, large print, accessibly parking, dedicated seating, and whether assistance dogs are welcome.

Other disabled people are also being encouraged to post reviews on the Euan's Guide site.

Check it out: http://www.euansguide.com/


 

Charities and the Referendum

Latest Guidance from OSCR

Scotland's charities ARE allowed to speak out in the independence referendum, including advocating a Yes or a No vote, as long as they stay within the requirements of charity law, says the country's charity regulator.

OSCR has produced its final guidance on the independence referendum for Scottish charities for your information. This has been produced following consultation with the charity sector and sets out how Scottish charities can participate in the referendum process within the framework of charity law.

Download the guidance document here.

To help charities prepare, the Regulator has also published three webcasts where individual charities set out how they approached the issue and considered the referendum as part of their strategic planning. Click to view the webcasts:


Improving Legal Services to the Disabled

Capability Scotland has been contacted by the Law Society for Scotland, which wants to develop online training materials for solicitors to improve the quality of service they provide to disabled people.

The online training materials will include information on the Equality Act 2010, disability awareness and how to make legal services as accessible as possible to disabled people.  

As part of the online training the Law Society want to use real life examples of instances when disabled people have had difficulty accessing the services of a lawyer / solicitor. They are really keen to hear about examples of things like:

  • Lawyers offices being particularly inaccessible
  • People being refused services because they are disabled
  • People not being given information or materials in formats which meet their needs.
  • Lawyers refusing to  make reasonable adjustments for disabled clients
  • Lawyers displaying discriminatory attitudes.

If you or someone you know has had an experience like this, Capability Scotland would like to hear about it. You can give your story completely anonymously. Hopefully your real life experiences will help improve the services offered to disabled people in the future.

If you want any information or want to discuss any of the above, please contact Hanna McCulloch, Senior Policy Advisor, Capability Scotland: email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 0131 3471025 / 0141 4290294.


 

Challenging the 'Bedroom Tax'

If you find yourself subject to what has become known as the 'Bedroom Tax', or are involved in advising others about it,  then you may find the following resource very useful.

Govan Law Centre has launched a free toolkit guide to help tenants challenge cuts to their housing benefit due to the bedroom tax. 

GLC’s toolkit provides step by step guidance and illustrations on how to complete a ‘Dispute Form’ – what to say, where to send it to, where you can get further advice and what will happen next. 

The toolkit will be of assistance to both tenants and advisors alike in showing that many tenants will have grounds in principle to challenge.

For further information and a link to the toolkit click here


 

Time to Benefit People with MND Campaign

MND Scotland has launched a campaign to highlight the impact of current and proposed welfare reform on people with Motor Neurone Disease. The Time to benefit people with MND campaign is calling for people with MND

  • To be exempt from the Work Capability Assessment
  • Not be subjected to 'the bedroom tax' or forced to move home if they are unable to share a bedroom because they need an array of equipment to keep them safe at night; and/or their home has been significantly adapted for their needs
  • Currently on higher rates of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) mobility and care components not to be forced to go through reassessment for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) as it is medically impossible for their illness to improve

To find out how you can get involved with the campaign, go to http://scvo.cmph.org/l/aBx3jEWErbvDUmDHBswlQg


 

Building Social Enterprise from the Ground Up Event
Monday, 22nd May 2017 from 1pm to 3.30pm


Part of Stirling Business Month, this event will provide local people, with an opportunity to explore inspirational examples of Social Enterprise and social innovation.

Click event to book a place




Expressions of Interest

Fundraising - Keeping the Right Side of the Law!
& Maximising Gift Aid

For more info click here

Just Enterprise: An Introduction to Tendering Workshop 

May 10th 2017
Free Course

Click here for more details