Inclusion plays a crucial role in our work. The Inclusion Team focuses on engaging people to empower themselves through social, mental, emotional and physical health and wellbeing. This is all shaped by the people we support and ensures that they are at the heart of everything we do.
Over the past year, we have continued to support people to participate in a wide range of initiatives and activities, and to speak out about issues that affect them through Discovery Groups and Voices in Projects.
To mark a year since the launch of Quarriers WAR on Hate Crime: We’re All Responsible campaign, people we support took part in the premiere of hate crime-themed play, We Hate Bullying: It’s A Crime, which took place on Monday 29 February 2016.
The specially-commissioned drama performance, produced by arts company H-Arts, shines a spotlight on real-life experiences of disability hate crime. The cast featured Jimmy Boardman, Alex Horn, Kevin Keegan, Florence McQuilter, Margaret Ross and John Wheeler, who are supported by Quarriers, as well as Quarriers staff members.
The Scotland Women’s Team placed fourth in this year’s Homeless World Cup, which was held in Glasgow in July. The team included Quarriers staff members Amanda and Tracy Burns, and young women supported by Quarriers including assistant coach Jodie. Well done to the team!
The Inclusion Team has been involved in the Cross Party groups for Disability and Learning Disability. These groups are attended and chaired by MPs and MSPs who discuss and bring about change for issues affecting people we support, such as how parking at dropped kerbs can affect people with disabilities.
Quarriers has been very involved in the creation and development of the National Involvement Network’s Charter for Involvement. This charter has 12 statements highlighting how people who use support services want to be involved in the services they receive, in the organisations who provide support and in the wider community.
Quarriers is committed to ensuring that we recruit the right person for the right role. To do this effectively, people we support play a part in recruitment. Young people supported by Quarriers Stopover and James Shields Services recently took part in inclusive recruitment workshops to develop interview skills and think creatively about how staff are recruited.
In 2016, 27 people supported by a range of Quarriers services took part in STEPS to Excellence courses, facilitated by Quarriers Inclusion and Learning Development Initiative (LDI) teams. The programme, which uses learning tools including discussion, personal reflection and video, helps people facing redundancy or long-term unemployment to develop motivation and confidence to seek new opportunities as well as reducing re-offending and aiding reintegration with employment, and improving working relationships.
STEPS to Excellence is a recognised learning route for Level 2 Award in developing thinking skills (QCF) in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and is credited and levelled by SCQF at level 5 in Scotland, through the awarding body NCFE.
LDI and Inclusion have also supported young people through their Certificate of Work Readiness programme, which helps to prepare for taking steps such as gaining employment, volunteering or moving into permanent accommodation.
On Wednesday 7 September, Quarriers held Reaching Your True Potential: Today and Beyond, a conference for people we support. The event, which took place at The Normandy Hotel in Renfrew, was a great opportunity for people we support to meet new people and enjoy activities including music, craft, football with Street Soccer Scotland and a silent disco.
People we support shared stories in the Inspiration Room including Guido, who spoke about his experience of living with an acquired brain injury, and young people sharing journeys of addiction, mental health and homelessness.