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ENABLE at 60

ENABLE at 60

2014 is a year we will never forget.

Our 60th celebrations seemed to bring out the best in everyone, from our Employers' Awards in February, to our AGM in November.

The first event of the year was our Employers' Awards, where we added in special 60th anniversary categories for staff and volunteers – and there was no shortage of nominations for awards. 

​This was followed by our formal birthday celebration in the Arthouse Hotel on the 9th April, as on this date in 1954 the same building hosted our first ever meeting when it was the Glasgow Corporation’s Education Department. Everyone attending the celebration had a story to tell and was proud of their involvement with our charity throughout our 60 year history. You can read some of these stories on our 60 years – 60 stories, which captures people’s memories and thoughts about being involved with ENABLE Scotland. 

We took a few of our 60 stories and turned them into a short video, first shown at our birthday celebration on 9 April. 

These stories, and the introduction by David Hayman, give an idea of the changes ENABLE Scotland has ​fought for and the impact they have had on people who have learning disabilities.​​


We also celebrated by holding tea parties and civic receptions. All in all, 14 Local Authorities hosted civic receptions in celebration of the people of ENABLE Scotland, and 34 branch tartan tea parties took place from Orkney to Castle Douglas and Stornoway to Dundee.  

In May we went to the Scottish Parliament, where a special learning disability debate was held in the chamber, before heading to the garden lobby for our Parliamentary reception.  It really struck me what an impact our celebrations were having. Not only did ENABLE Scotland members travel from across Scotland to attend, but a lot of MSPs were seen wearing our tartan ties and scarves, publically showing their support and appreciation for the contribution we have made over the last 60 years.​

And the same thing happened at our Celebration of Learning event and our AGM – tartan on show everywhere, and everyone having a good time. Many people said it was the best AGM they have been to yet. It was a great party!

Our very own tartan, developed by Charlie Newlands from the Renfrew Branch, has even developed a life of its own on social media, travelling the world on #tartanontour. It made it to the Great Wall of China, and even went diving with sharks! Buy your tartan merchandise​ here and tell it us where you take it...

All of this would not have been possible without the goodwill and hard work of our members, supporters and staff. Our heartfelt thanks go out to you all.  You have all made this a year to remember, and it is a fitting tribute that the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum installed an exhibition to celebrate our anniversary, and the contribution that the people of ENABLE Scotland have made to the social history of Scotland. 

Along the way we've created some notable achievements and our 60th Anniversary booklet - We've come a long way - highlights just a few of them. Have a read.​​

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