ENABLE becomes first Third Sector partner for Solace Scotland

April 25, 2022 Press Release

ENABLE Scotland has announced a new strategic partnership with The Society of Local Authority Chief Executives and Senior Managers (Solace Scotland) – the leading membership network for development and knowledge-sharing among public sector and local government professionals.

One of the country’s leading charities, ENABLE Scotland becomes Solace Scotland’s first third sector strategic partner, and the only social care provider to partner with the network. The charity joins existing corporate partners BT, CGI, Amey, Zurich Municipal and Oracle as a strategic partner of Solace Scotland.

ENABLE Group CEO Theresa Shearer said:

I am delighted that ENABLE Scotland has partnered with Solace Scotland. As the first third sector partner, we will work to further strengthen our relationships with local government and promote closer collaboration across the public, private and third sectors.

At ENABLE Scotland, we firmly believe in human rights-driven self-directed support and in ensuring employment, education and training opportunities for disabled citizens, and we further believe that local government has a critical role in supporting these national priorities and in promoting excellence across the sector.

This strategic partnership between ENABLE Scotland and Solace Scotland allows us to share knowledge and expertise to advance the cause of truly inclusive communities for the benefit of citizens across the country.


Chief Executive of City of Edinburgh Council and Chair of Solace Scotland, Andrew Kerr, said:


We look forward to working with partner colleagues to help create an equal society for everyone living with a learning disability in Scotland that are a part of all of our communities.

With health and social care high on all local authority Chief Executives’ agendas, there has never been a better time for such a partnership, and I welcome a closer working relationship with ENABLE Scotland through Solace.


Employing 2,500 staff and with 12,000 members and supporters, ENABLE delivers social care and employability services in 28 of Scotland’s 32 local authority areas. Through its range of projects and services, the charity actively supports over 9,000 people to live independently as active citizens in their local communities.

Chair of ENABLE Scotland’s Board of Trustees, former local authority Chief Executive, Paul Jukes, said:


I know the great value that networking and knowledge-sharing through Solace Scotland brings to leaders across the public sector.

This exciting strategic partnership will allow ENABLE Scotland and Solace Scotland to learn and share in leadership good practice, not least in our shared mission to support people with complex needs out of institutional settings and into their own homes in our communities.

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