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60 Stories - Alistair Lawson

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Someone who knows only too well the power of self advocacy groups is Alistair Lawson.
Last year, Alistair was informed by the social work department that he would not be able to access support to go on his usual summer holiday.  Thankfully, Alistair is a member of the self advocacy group Voice Glasgow who took up his case, allowing Alistair to go on his much deserved trip.
Voice Glasgow was set up in 2000 as a self advocacy group for people with learning disabilities who used ENABLE Scotland services in the city. Alistair is anong the original members of the group.
Life for Alistair is very different now compared to when he was younger. At the age of 19, he attended the Capability Adult Work Centre in Hillington where he had various jobs.  The centre closed in 1999 and Alistair began using ENABLE Scotland day services which helped him to find employment in 2000 at the Terasaki factory in Clydebank.  He now works in the factory every Monday.  
Alistair is a much valued member of staff and his boss recently told him she couldn’t do without him.
In 2010, he was awarded a certificate by his employer in recognitions of his 10 years of loyal service. Alistair is good with his hands and enjoys having a chat and a laugh with his work colleagues at the factory.
He now lives in his own flat in Erskine where he is supported by ENABLE Scotland.  He moved there in 1999 and enjoys the freedom of living by himself and doing as he pleases. 
Alistair attends the ENABLE Scotland day service on a Tuesday and enjoys 10-pin bowling at Springfield Quay.  Every Saturday night he goes along to the Grande Old Opry.  He has been going there for 25 years and had his 60th birthday party there in 2013.  A familiar face at the venue, fellow country music fans call him The Duke which is quite fitting because Alistair is often the last man standing during the shoot outs held there.  However, this cowboy doesn’t dance!
Alistair is also a member of Hear, Here which is another self advocacy group. He has also given talks and presentations to people who have a learning disability.  Alistair and his boss Liz from Terasaki, have spoken at Mary Russell School and Clydebank College about his job. 
A huge Rangers Football Club fan, Alistair has many Rangers posters in his living room.  Even the watch he was given for his 60th birthday by people from the day service he attends is engraved with the Rangers badge.  
In the future, Alastair hopes to find a girlfriend and attends the Dates and Mates Club every second Friday.  But for now Alistair is footloose and fancy free and is hoping to go on holiday again next year.

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