DUNDEE ACCESS GROUP
MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON 1ST DECEMBER 2016 IN THOMAS HERD HOUSE, WARD ROAD, DUNDEE.
PRESENT: Erik Cramb, Anne Farrow, Dorothy Wilson, Carole Craig, Denis Bethell, Heather Flood, Sandy Cameron, Denise Cameron, John Mitchell, Jan Goodall.
APOLOGIES: Shona Street, Lillian Malcolm, Gordon McDonald, Christine Wilson.
1. INVITED SPEAKER:
We were pleased to welcome Avril Smith Hope, an Access Engagement Officer for Dundee’s Health and Social Care Partnership, which is a partnership involving NHS Tayside and Dundee City Council. Avril explained that within the Partnership there are various Strategic Planning Groups (SPGs) and she worked with the group supporting adults with long-term conditions or disabilities. The remit of the groups is to provide person-centred care which considers the problems that a client faces, identifies what support they need and then gives them that support. As an illustration, a person who acquires a brain injury will be in hospital for a period, they will then be moved to the McKinnon Centre in Broughty Ferry for rehabilitation and when they feel ready they will move back into society with whatever care support they feel they need. For others who are in hospital and from there are unable to move straight home, there is the possibility of moving into a temporary, purpose built property which will satisfy their needs until their own home is adapted or suitable alternative permanent accommodation is found.
A major difficulty faced by the SPGs is their budget constraints. Dundee Health and Social Care Partnership is funded by NHS Tayside, Dundee City Council and by the Scottish Government. However, the funding is limited and to fund something new, money must be saved from existing spending. Also, because the partnership only came into existence in 2016, it is still working on getting its structure right. Avril agreed to answer questions and amongst a varied selection Jan Goodall pointed out that adults with disabilities often had transport problems. Avril agreed that transport had not yet been addressed.
We thanked Avril for giving us a frank and informative talk.
2. MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING:
The minutes of the meeting held on 3rd November 2016 were approved.
3. MATTERS ARISING:
3.1. (Re minute 1). We have not been sent the SDEF trophy we won. Anne will contact Ian Buchanan, SDEF, about it.
3.2. (Re minute 3.2). We postponed this agenda item (re a letter to the Chamber of Commerce) until our next meeting.
3.3. (Re minute 4.1). Because the ‘Ramp It Up’ competition closed at the end of November, there was not enough time to contact businesses and have them enter. However, it may be possible to run a similar competition in Dundee next year.
4 OTHER AGENDA ITEMS:
4.1 On 15/11/16 we were sent information by PAMIS about a mobile changing places toilet which was touring in Scotland to let interested people see one. The intention is to raise enough money (£60K) to buy one which will tour events in Scotland. Dorothy had suggested that DAG consider donating. This will be discussed again at our next meeting.
5.1 On 1/11/16 SDEF Voice Issue 37.
5.2 On 2/11/16 from DVA with invitation to their AGM.
5.3 On 2/11/16 from Agnes Emri re their ‘Ramp it Up’ project.
5.4 On 4/11/16 from Dorothy Wilson with a link to a video on Puffin Crossings with subtitles.
5.5 On 8/11.16 from Peter Nurick accepting invitation to speak at a joint meeting of DAG and DAAG on 14th December.
5.6 On 10/11/16 from Ian Buchanan sending an order form for publicity materials.
5.7 On 11/11/16 from Action on Elder Abuse Scotland re Scottish Helpline for older people.
5.8 On 14/11/16 from Karen McAulay, Advocating Together (Dundee), who has offered to speak to us about The Dundee Safe Place Initiative.
Karen has agreed to speak at our joint meeting with DAAG on 14th December.
5.9 On 15/11/16 from PAMIS, Dundee, re a Mobiloo Tour in Scotland.
5.10 On 15/11/16 from SDEF re UK Government Consultation on Work, Health and Disability.
5.11 On 17/11/16 via Scott Mands re Child Poverty Action Group’s petition to stop cuts to working families' support.
5.12 On 18/11/16 from SDEF re Scottish Government Consultation on Widening Access to Scottish Universities for Disabled People.
5.13 On 21/11/16 announcing the Promoting Inclusion - Transforming Lives International Conference 2017.
5.14 On 22/11/16 from Voluntary Gateway Dundee with info re a volunteer with marketing skills offering his services to voluntary groups.
Anne said that as we needed more leaflets and posters printed we could consider having new versions. This will be discussed at our next meeting.
5.15 On 23/11/16 from SDEF re a different and fun way to engage with the wider public via social media.
5.16 On 25/11/16 from SDEF re the Annual Disabled People’s Summit in Scotland.
5.17 On 28/11/16 from SDEF re the Scottish Government Consultation on Standards for National Health and Social Care.
6.1 Denis raised a question about what should be done with the old equipment he has at his house, eg laptop, camera, gradient measure. Erik suggested he bring the laptop in at the next meeting and we would decide then.
6.2 Dorothy encouraged everyone to come to Peter Nurick’s talk on 14th December and reminded people to let Charmaine Wanless know that they would be attending.
7 DATE OF NEXT MEETING. PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF DATE
The next meeting will be held at 12.45 on Thursday 26th January 2017 in Thomas Herd House, 10 - 12 Ward Road, Dundee, DD1 1LX.
ADDRESS FOR CORRESPONDENCE
c/o Dundee Carers Centre