HOS on wheels tour
In Summer 2016 we toured rural areas in Scotland with our HOS on wheels van. We visited Inverness, Nairn, Elgin, Peterhead and Inverurie in week 1. Heading South in week 2 we visited Hawick, Selkirk, Kelso, Galashiels and Peebles.
With our HOS on wheels tour we brought housing options advice for disabled people, older people and veterans to rural communities in Scotland. Full details of the venues and dates of our tour can be found here: HOSonwheels
We were delighted with the success of the tour. We received help from the organisation Working on Wheels who provided us with our tour van and our Intern, Brandi Berger, who supported us along the way.
Disablity housing research in the US
Fraser, our Engagement & Development Manager, visited the US in July 2014 as part of a research trip funded by the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust. Find out more about them on their website: WCMT
Fraser’s research involved a comparative study of housing for disabled people in the US and Scotland. He is now writing up his findings and undertaking a series of presentations and events to discuss his findings. Take a look at Fraser’s blog for a glimpse at what he got up to on his trip. Follow this link: Fraser’s blog
If you would like to contact Fraser to discuss his research or request him as a speaker email him on: firstname.lastname@example.org
Community Partnerships Project
The Scottish Parliament’s Community Partnerships Project is a ground breaking initiative to give a voice to people typically under-represented in political life.
The project, developed by the Scottish Parliament’s Education and Community Partnerships Team, works with disability rights organisations, difficult-to-reach young people, and people from black and ethnic minority backgrounds to help them get involved with and influence the activities of the Parliament.
The aim of the project is to build confidence on the part of external organisations by:
• Strengthening their understanding and awareness of the Parliament, its role and its processes
• Enhancing their ability to take positive action through parliamentary processes.
• Facilitating meaningful engagement by each partner organisation in the parliamentary process
Importantly, the project is driven by the partner organisations themselves. Partners bring their energy, vision and commitment to the project, and will ensure that their specific campaign and awareness needs are considered within the parliamentary engagement process.
The organisations taking part in this, the second phase of the Community Partnerships Project, are:
• South Ayrshire Youth Forum
• Mid Argyll Youth Project
• Housing Options Scotland in Scotland.
Latest CPP2 Update:
25th March 2011
Friday 11 th March saw a large group of Housing Options Scotland supporters-staff, board members, volunteers and stakeholders-gather at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh. We were invited by the Presiding Officer, Alex Fergusson, to give a presentation on our “year of engagement”. To read more about it please click on this link to see the report on the day:
31st January 2011
The Housing Options Scotland staff team- Fraser, Norma and Moira spent some time “on the road” in the autumn participating in a series of 11 workshops with disabled people from across Scotland. We did this in partnership with colleagues from the Blackwood Foundation and Capability Scotland. To find out more please click on the article below:
14th December 2010
The Scottish Parliament have announced that they are looking for new partners for the 2011 Community Partnership Project. This was announced in an article which can be view by following the Link that below:
The Scottish Government introduced new legislation in 2009 which required local authorities to produce a ” Scheme Of Assistance” to help owner occupiers and private renters to find out more about their housing options, e.g. adaptations. Our volunteers have been looking at the Schemes of Assistance in every local authority in Scotland. They carried out research online and by telephone to find out how easy it is for disabled people to get advice and information on housing issues. to find out how you local authority was rated, please click on the following link: