• Fair pay for our keyworkers

    Date: April 12, 2020- Category: Blog - CEO

    I had the pleasure of meeting with a number of ENABLE Scotland Personal Assistants (PAs) this week on a zoom call, as is becoming the new normal. One young woman who has started her career in care with us told me that   We have our worries about our own…

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  • Update from Group CEO

    Date: March 24, 2020- Category: Blog - CEO

    Thank you all for working with us as we have responded to these challenging circumstances together over the past few days and weeks. As a country, we now move into a phase of restriction of movement unlike anything any of us have experienced before. In light of last night’s announcement…

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  • Update from Group CEO Theresa Shearer

    Date: March 20, 2020- Category: Blog - CEO

    Good morning everyone, As you may have seen, all staff working in social care services and charities – including all of us – have been defined by the UK Government as key workers.  I am proud that our workforce is recognised and included in the core infrastructure services required to…

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  • A statement from Group CEO Theresa Shearer

    Date: March 19, 2020- Category: Blog - CEO

    The past week has presented a set of circumstances that many of us have never experienced before in our professional or personal lives.  The COVID-19 pandemic poses challenges for charities that are completely unprecedented.  As ever, the resilience of colleagues across ENABLE Scotland and the Piper Group and their complete…

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  • We Have a Choice

    Date: October 15, 2019- Category: Blog - CEO

    Last week I addressed COSLA and the Improvement Service Conference- the annual gathering of Scottish Local Authorities in St Andrews. The Theme was 20 Years Since Devolution – We Have a Choice.  I was invited to speak on behalf of SCVO in my role as Vice Convenor, on the value…

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  • Power in Partnership

    Date: June 21, 2018- Category: Blog - CEO

    When it comes to standing up for the rights of people who have a learning disability and fighting inequalities in society, working together is the best way to get things done. History tells us that we can achieve more together than as individuals – as CEO of an organisation set…

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  • 65 Years of Breaking Barriers

    Date: May 25, 2018- Category: Blog - CEO

    Last night I had the privilege of attending the Strathclyde University gala dinner at the Old Fruitmarket in Glasgow. The occasion marked the anniversary of Her Majesty the Queen granting Strathclyde the Royal Charter in 1964, a significant milestone in the University’s history. The University of Strathclyde continues to be…

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  • I’m giving up my time to help a woman fulfil her potential

    Date: March 8, 2018- Category: Blog - CEO

    I was delighted last night to receive a letter from the First Minister inviting me to take some time to mentor a young woman as part of our collective journey to develop a fairer Scotland full of equal aspiration and opportunity for all. I am proud to say that for…

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    The Scottish Living Wage – looking forward

    Date: October 19, 2017- Category: Blog - CEO

    Only yesterday, I wrote in the Times ‘Thunderer’ column that to achieve the best social care, we have to commit to paying our social care staff better. This article was published alongside the latest in a long line of reports from public bodies – this time from the Care Inspectorate – highlighting the scale of…

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    Choice and control exist in social care – just not yet with the people who need it

    Date: August 24, 2017- Category: Blog - CEO

    Eight years ago I began working with ENABLE Scotland as a management consultant, helping to prepare the organisation for the brave new world of Personalisation and Self-Directed Support (SDS). Around that time, ENABLE Scotland was involved in several innovative SDS pilots, including in North Lanarkshire and Glasgow. I worked with…

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