Learning disabilities

Citizens panels in action

Our meetings work well, where there is a balance of family carers and members with a learning disability.

We discuss a lot of topics at the meetings. Members request specific speakers with some examples below: 

  • Charging for social work services.
  • Keys to Life (the Scottish Government's long term strategy based on a commitment to human rights for people with learning disabilities). All five LCPs play an important role in helping to identify priorities from the 52 Keys to Life recommendations for the Borders.
  • Making Choices, Keeping Safe policy and guidance. This is closely linked to the Keys to Life.
  • Borders Railway project.
  • Fire safety in the home.
  • Community policing
  • Learning disability nursing at the Borders General Hospital.

We also have one-off meetings where we feel we need to talk about things in more depth. These are some examples:

  • Impartial workshops on the Scottish Referendum and the General Election. These were led by Ian Hood from the Learning Disability Alliance. They were informative, fun and interactive, with the use of voting buttons. Members who came along to these sessions found them really enjoyable.
  • Welfare benefits reform.
  • Work and volunteering - looking at what works for people with learning disabilities and at some of the challenges that they face.

Could you be a citizens panel member?

  • We are always looking to recruit new members to our groups.
  • If you would like to join a citizens panel in your area, please contact us for more information.