Sense Scotland. Supporting disabled people and their families, episode 132

Sense Scotland supports children and adults with disabilities. In this episode Michael McEwan talks to Communication Officer Graeme Thomson about the kinds of support offered and Support Worker Grant Hendry about arts and outdoor activities.

Living it Up

Living it Up describes itself as an online self-management hub, which aims to empower people to improve their health and wellbeing. Aimed at the over 50s, the resource is packed full of ideas and activities and is useful for those with long-term health conditions, those who provide care and anyone who wants to improve their health, wellbeing and quality of life. It is driven by a collaborative community approach.

PASDA. Supporting families of adults with autism, episode 119

Supporting families of adults with autism. There are over 7000 families supporting adults with an autistic spectrum condition in Edinburgh and the Lothians. PASDA is a charity that offers support to parents, partners and siblings of adults with ASC.

Go4IT Digital Inclusion Service, episode 112 visited the Glasgow Centre for Inclusive Living which hosts Go4IT. Go4IT is a digital inclusion service for adults with disabilities who are supported by Quarriers. We spoke to Diane Webb, Digital Inclusion Lead at Quarriers about how the Go4IT programme began and the type of courses it provides. Diane received a TalkTalk Digital Hero Award in 2014 for her work with Go4IT.

Care Opinion

Care and support is something all of us will receive at some point in our lives. However, our experiences of that care are likely to vary. Some of them will be good and perhaps even excellent, and some might be dissatisfactory and disappointing. Opportunities to express opinions about these good and bad experiences are not always available. Services often have complaints procedures in place but people may not wish to formally complain: rather they might prefer to suggest a change to improve a service, or comment on very good or bad care. And that's where Care Opinion comes in.

Discover Care Opinion, episode 108

On 13 November, IRISS.FM attended Discover Care Opinion event to launch, as well as discuss and explore Care Opinion, the sister site to Patient Opinion in Scotland. Care Opinion is an independent site where anyone can share their stories of adult social care or the NHS.

My Life My Way - Chris White, episode 101

Until his mid 20s Chris White was doing OK: working ,married and a decent social life. He began to feel worried and anxious and quickly began to feel he couldn't cope. Between 1995 and 1999 Chris attended a day centre. In the second in our My Life My Way series Michael McEwan of Able Radio talks to Chris about why he decided to stop attending.

My Life My Way - Gordon Roy, episode 97

Experiences of a day centre for people with learning disability. Gordon Roy left school when he was 17 in the 1980s and attended a day centre. He was told he wouldn’t be able to work or have a family. He left the day centre, went to college and has held down a steady job for many years. He also has a family. In the first of this new series, My Life My Way, Gordon talks to Michael McEwan of Able Radio about his life.

The Advocacy Project, episode 83

Catriona Rowley of The Advocacy Project talks to Michael McEwan of Able Radio about advocacy and the services offered by the project.

Imagining the future

What's next for Scotland's social services? An animated exploration.

This animation explores the technical, medical and cultural forces that will shape the future of care. Alex Chisholm is a man in his in his 70s with multiple conditions, poor diet and high alcohol consumption. We use episodes in his life to explore what care might look like in ten or fifteen years. We suggest that by 2025 there may be greater opportunities to offer older people richer, less isolated lives in which they are able to exercise more choice and control.