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Carers Scotland promotes "We chose to climb"

27 November 2014

Self-directed Support in Scotland – We Chose to Climb - An International Learning Expedition
Monday 16th – Wednesday 18th March 2015
At The Arches, Glasgow

’We Chose to Climb’ is our two and a half day international gathering organised by the Social Care Ideas Factory, exploring the critical local and global challenges faced in extending greater choice and control to people over their own lives.  We shall come together to reframe the way we think, inspire fresh possibilities and critical solutions that reflect the core vision and principles of the Social Care (Self Directed Support) Act.

Carers Scotland will be part of the programme on Day 2.

‘We chose to climb’ will hear from more than thirty compelling speakers from Scotland and around the world, appearing on the main and themed stages, giving timed talks on associated SDS theory, research, lived experience and innovative practice. The main stage features our compelling key note speakers. The 4 smaller stages will feature speakers throughout the day, each stage named after the 4 core principles of the Self Directed Support Act in Scotland:

1. Independent Living
2. Choice & Control
3. Risk Enablement
4. Innovation & collaboration

Day One will focus on SDS theory, research and associated practice
Day Two will explore Lived Experience and Person Centred Practice
Day Three will reflect on what has been achieved so far and what’s next on the horizon?

Carers Scotland will contribute to the programme in Day 2 and other speakers and partners include:

  • Simon Duffy – Director of The Centre for Welfare Reform. In addition he is Chair of the Housing & Support Alliance and policy advisor to the Campaign for a Fair Society. Simon is also an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham’s Health Service Management Centre
  • Susan Eriksson – Mikkeli University of Applied Sciences’ Department of Culture, Youth and Social Work in Finland. 
  • Nick Andrews – a registered Social Worker, who is currently working as a Research and Practice Development Officer within the All Wales Social Care Research Collaboration Project (ASCC) at Swansea University
  • Terry Lynch – Ageing Independence, Direct Care Alliance, Alzheimer’s Association of South-eastern Wisconsin Wisconsin , USA
  • Dr Catherine Needham - Reader in Public Policy and Public Management in the Health Services Management Centre at the University of Birmingham.
  • Jamie Bolling – Executive Director of European Network for Independent Living (Sweden)
  • Peter Beresford – Professor of social policy at Brunel University and chair of Shaping Our Lives, the national disabled people’s and service users’ organisation and network. Columnist for The Guardian
  • Kirsi Konola - Vice-President- European Association of Service Providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD)
  • Professor Robert Elliot – University of Strathclyde Humanities & Social Sciences
  • Glasgow City Council 
  • Scottish Social Services Council
  • Alzheimers Scotland 
  • Highland Council
  • MECOPP- supporting minority ethnic carers & Diversity Matters

Booking Your Place

To secure your place, please download a booking for at: To secure an early bird place, your booking must be received no later than 21st November 2014.


  • Full entry to two and a half day gathering, lunch and refreshments
  • Expedition pack with extras

Early Bird Price £249

Standard Rate £279

Optional extra:  Networking dinner with live music £29

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