Coming Home to the #ENABLEFamily

May 14, 2021 Blog - ENABLE Group Jamie Rutherford

Having spent 11 years at ENABLE Scotland, developing ENABLE Works into one of Scotland’s leading supported employment agencies, I’m really excited – after a short time away – to be back with ENABLE Group in a new role as an Executive Advisor.

One of the things I love about this organisation is its ambition – not just for the charity, but for wider society, and I’m really looking forward to leading on some strategic projects which have an ambition to impact positively on thousands of disabled people’s lives in Scotland and across Europe.

As we recover from COVID-19 and reshape our relationship with Europe, some parts of society are going to fundamentally change – how we work, how care services are designed, commissioned and delivered, and how we collaborate with organisations outside Scotland.

ENABLE Scotland has the ambition to be at the forefront of all these things – ensuring that our vision of an equal society where every person who has a learning disability will have the choice and control to live the life they choose is a core building block of the change to come.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (D,E&I) are critical to our national recovery from the pandemic, reflecting the ambition not just to build back better, but fairer. I will be working across the three pillars of the ENABLE Group to ensure our commitment to D,E&I is embedded in practice and experience for colleagues and people we work for from all backgrounds and circumstances, including BAME communities, people who identify as LGBTQ+, people with disabilities, and working parents. As the workplace changes with digital innovations and changes to working practices, our ability to respond will improve the quality of our services to disabled people – as a flexible, socially responsible and representative business.

When the Scottish and UK Governments puts forwards their plans to create a ‘National Care Service’, we must ensure that the best outcomes for people with learning disabilities are central to the decisions of elected officials and policymakers.

In the year the COP26 global conference comes to Glasgow, I will also be researching and advising on ENABLE Group’s environmental impact and how our charity can play its part in supporting efforts to tackle climate change.

As we fully exit from the European Union, we must remember that our relationship with organisations like Inclusion Europe and the European Union of Supported Employment have been forged in a passion to implement the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities – and transcends political boundaries. Where we can help our friends and colleagues delivering support to disabled people, we will and must continue to do so.

One of the most inspiring things about ENABLE Group is that everyone makes a difference at all parts of the organisation; a real difference – and I can’t wait to get started!

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