March/April 2012

For the last few months a few members have been meeting to build this website that you see in front of you, and the whole Group has been able to have a good input and insight on how the site was coming along .


Ronnie and David went to a conference on behalf of the group on the 1st March 2012.

On the way to Training in Edinburgh
On the way to Training in Edinburgh

A member of the group is on the board of the Lomond and Argyll Advocacy Service (LAAS). She attended the meeting on 23rd March, where the Board discussed the financial accounts, and made plans for the up-coming Annual General Meeting (AGM). One of the items on the Agenda for the meeting is the election of the new Board members. Board members are able to stay on the Board for five years. Watch this space for a report on the AGM!

Consultation Group at the ASP Event
Consultation Group at the ASP Event

Over the last few weeks the group has been rehearsing for a training event on Adult Support and Protection, which tells people about the Adult Support and Protection 2007 (Scotland) Act and how it can protect people from harm. The Group always enjoys preparing for new training programmes, as we get to change how people look at things.

Brian and Angela deliver ASP training
Brian and Angela deliver ASP training

The Training Event took place at the Beardmore Hotel on 19th March 2012. The audience was made up of representatives from a wide range of groups and included service users, support workers and carers, and adult support and protection services staff. The day went really well and feedback was very positive and the Group hopes to be able to offer the training again, both to specialist groups in the region, and to Adult Support and Protection services around the country.

A member of the group goes to the SUN group, which meets once a month. The next meeting is on 2nd April.

Brian, Alan and Pauline deliver Health Services training
Brian, Alan and Pauline deliver Health Services training

A couple of members of the group are involved with the Making Friends project. The AGM took place on 29th March and a member was elected on to the Board.

Celebrating at the COSLA Awards Dinner
Celebrating at the COSLA Awards Dinner

ART OF LIVING, 3rd APRIL 2012, THE ARCHES, GLASGOW

The ‘Art of Living’ was a free event for anyone who requires extra support with living or who has an interest in social care. The Arches exhibition space was set up like a market place with stalls from 60 different organisations and companies who deliver a range of social services and supports.

The stalls were split into 5 different themes:

  1. Your home and community
  2. Your love and relationships
  3. Your money, rights and contribution
  4. Your health and care supports
  5. Your spare time

Ronnie, Gordon, Sally and Paul from the Group went along.

Ronnie reported ‘It was a good afternoon with lots of stalls, e.g. Cornerstone, Enable, The Forestry Commission, Strathclyde Fire Brigade. We told them about the Good Life Group and what we do. It was interesting to talk to the Cornerstone Glasgow Stall as I am working for Cornerstone West Dunbartonshire.’

Paul said it was good fun and Gordon said he really enjoyed it.

Sally felt it was a useful day for her as she learned a lot about different services she didn’t know about. She said ‘I’ll be able to share this information with the people I support in West Dunbartonshire’.

Report by: Ronnie Creamer and Sally Swadel