Call for Scottish Government inquiry into lack of access to day servicesType: News
Topic: Day Services | Meaningful work | Policy and legislation | Transitions
Published on: 20th April 2021
After months of campaigning about the lack of access to day service provision, which many of our members have experienced during the coronavirus pandemic, we were encouraged to hear Jackie Baillie MSP and Joan McAlpine MSP highlight the issue in a recent debate in the Scottish Parliament. The Minister agreed to follow up with Joan McAlpine on the issue.
Day service provision in Camphill centres provides meaningful work opportunities to members who both live in a Camphill centre and to those who travel to centres during the day. Members engage in a wide range of workshops and activities, according to interest and ability, many of which are run as social enterprises. Find out more about Camphill’s meaningful work opportunities.
We have previously written about the devastating impact the withdrawal of day services has had on families, and one year on, the issue has still not abated.
[Our daughter’s] mental health deteriorated quite quickly and medical intervention was required…..[she] has floundered without …consistent routines…and… she has refused to get ready this morning. No bath, teeth brushing or hair washing.
Cross Party Group supports inquiry
Before Parliament was dissolved in the lead up to the Scottish Parliament elections in May, we raised the issue of the lack of access to day service provision at the final meeting of the current Scottish Parliament Cross Party Group on Learning Disability (CPG on LD). The CPG consists of MSPs, organisations and individuals with an interest in issues relating to learning disability.
We asked that a commitment be made by the CPG to include an inquiry into the availability of day services and day centres for people with a learning disability and other support needs in their legacy paper, and the CPG supported this request.
The legacy paper will be forwarded to members of the new CPG on LD, which will be formed after the May elections, and it will include a request that the Scottish Parliament’s Health and Sports Committee undertakes this inquiry.
Emma, Director of Camphill Scotland said:
The request for an inquiry is a very welcome development. Day services are too often misunderstood and devalued, which can lead to a lack of availability or contract cancellations.
They are often an essential part of day-to-day life for a person with a learning disability or other support need, and can also provide much needed support for family members. Camphill Scotland looks forward to working with the new Cross Party Group in the next parliament.