Disability charities unite to grow frontline services

Disability charities unite to grow frontline services

Two of Scotland’s leading disability charities are joining together to protect and grow frontline social care services across Scotland. ENABLE Scotland and Sense Scotland have launched an innovative Group structure, thought to be the first of its kind in the charity sector in Scotland, in order to accelerate change in improving the lives of disabled people and the dedicated staff who care for them.

Extensive independent analysis estimates that by working in partnership, the charities will deliver substantial savings and efficiencies available to re-invest in frontline services. The collaboration will take up to a year to fully implement, with staff and wider stakeholder consultations expected.

The venture will see both charities share innovation, property and resources in an overarching Group structure to enable them to reach even more disabled people throughout Scotland.

Both ENABLE Scotland and Sense Scotland will retain their individual identities and relationships with families, disabled people and supporters, as well as their CEOs.

In a joint statement Andy Kerr, chief executive of Sense Scotland and Theresa Shearer, chief executive of ENABLE Scotland, said :

“ENABLE Scotland and Sense Scotland are joining together to further boost the quality of care and help for more disabled people.

“Our shared vision is delivering the support needed for disabled people to live the lives they choose, in their own homes and local communities.

“By bringing two strong charities together, we will accelerate change and improvement for disabled people, and for the dedicated staff who care for them.

“Ultimately, we are doing this to help share the cost of continuing to deliver quality care and support to those who need it in their own homes.”

“Together, ENABLE Scotland and Sense Scotland will extend our reach in local communities. This means we will be able to help more people, with the person-centred care they deserve from staff they trust and can rely on.”

Andy Kerr added :

“Together, ENABLE Scotland and Sense Scotland will extend our reach in local communities. This means we will be able to help more people, with the person-centred care they deserve from staff they trust and can rely on.

“Our investment in frontline services also means that we will help even more disabled people and their families, providing them with the support they need to live their lives the way they choose – together, that remains our number one priority.”

Theresa Shearer added :

“By joining together, we are giving both organisations elasticity and stretch to focus on what really matters to disabled people and their families. We are committed to delivering the best self-directed support available and releasing money wherever possible to the front line.

“We are proud of our past and passionate about our future. Our collaboration will future-proof frontline services and jobs as Scotland comes to terms with the twin challenges of increasing demand for services and tightening financial resources.”

The charities have described the move as a proactive and innovative response to the challenging conditions facing families and organisations operating in the social care sector in Scotland.

According to Kerr and Shearer, approaches from other organisations who may wish to join the Group are being welcomed and would be seen as an opportunity to further strengthen the Group’s ability to deliver quality frontline support to those who need it.

Under the Group structure, all frontline jobs will be protected and support will be offered to a small minority of affected back office staff to explore alternative career options across both organisations.

ENABLE Scotland and Sense Scotland are working with their recognised Trade Unions during the process.

About The Author

Thomas Anderson

Founder and MD of Inclusive Networks. Thomas was Chair of the award winning LGBT network for The Co-operative Group, ‘Respect’ (2011-14). Thomas named the network and designed and managed all of the branding, communications and engagement until he stepped down from the role of Chair in March 2014. He also created the branding, name, was Editor of the quarterly magazine and developed the launch of the UK’s first Inter-Retail LGBT network ‘CheckOUT’. He contributed to the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index 5 Year review. In recognition of his work in the diversity field he was shortlisted for ‘Diversity Champion of the Year’ at the 2013 European Diversity Awards, shortlisted for ‘Role Model of the Year’ at the 2012 Lesbian & Gay Foundation Homo Heroes Awards and shortlisted for the ‘Positive Action’ award at the 2013 Asian Fire Service Association Fair & Diverse Awards. He also won the 2012 ‘Pride of The Co-operative’ award. He was a judge for Scotland's biggest diversity awards, The Icon Awards in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

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