ARC Scotland brings together organisations and individuals who work to make sure that people with learning disabilities or additional support needs have better lives. We are a Charity driven by our belief that everyone is unique and can make a valuable contribution to society. We believe this is best achieved by everyone working together more often and more effectively.
Our services include: supporting the National Involvement Network which produced the Charter for Involvement; supporting the Ayrshire Involvement Network; supporting Providers Forums in seven local authority areas; co-ordinating the Scottish Transitions Forum; facilitating the Supporting Offenders with Learning Disabilities (SOLD) Network, and supporting local self advocacy groups. We also have a training section providing accredited and non-accredited learning for the social care sector.
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The Charter for Involvement sets out how people want to be supported in things that matter in their lives. It has been produced by the National Involvement Network (NIN), and contains 12 Statements on how people want to be involved in:
the support they receive;
the organisations that provide their support;
the wider community.
ARC Scotland supports the NIN to encourage social care organsations to sign up to the Charter and publicly declare their commitment to putting the principles in the Charter into practice.
Ayrshire Involvement Network meetings are held 5-6 times per year, and usually are held in Kilmarnock. Meetings are attended by people who are supported by different organisations in Ayrshire, and their carers or support staff.
At the meetings people share ideas and experiences of being involved in things that matter in their lives, and how to put the Charter for Involvement into practice.