The Ripple Effect – Report on Impact of the Arts on People with PMLD

The Ripple Effect Report by Dundee University evidences innovative and collaborative work between Artlink and Cherry Road, presenting an alternative vision and future for people with profound learning disabilities. The key themes emerging from the data are Art, Relationships, Time and Learning.  Through integrating art into social care, new ways of working are leading to … Continue reading The Ripple Effect – Report on Impact of the Arts on People with PMLD

Health Improvement Scotland: Artlink/University of Dundee Project, April 2018

Over the last decade key health and social care policies including Statutory Guidance to accompany the Social Care (Self-directed Support) (Scotland) Act 2013 and the Keys to Life 2013 have highlighted the need for practitioners to be more creative. Yet there is little understanding as to how to translate ‘creative’ into social care practice within … Continue reading Health Improvement Scotland: Artlink/University of Dundee Project, April 2018

Laura Aldridge – Frieze

Containers, collaboration and perception BY MATTHEW MCLEAN ‘California wow!’ exhibition view at Tramway, Glasgow, 2015. ‘All my work might be about vessels, the idea that everything is contained by something,’ says Laura Aldridge, standing amid ‘California wow!’, her installation in the former transport shed of Glasgow’s Tramway. The statement is perplexing at first, as there’s … Continue reading Laura Aldridge – Frieze

For social care to thrive it needs a community-centred revolution by Paul Allen

For those of us working in social care, the last couple of years have been the toughest in living memory. From reports revealing the underfunding of services through to deepening staff shortages, it’s hard to see where any help and relief for the sector will come from. Particularly as there’s no end in sight to … Continue reading For social care to thrive it needs a community-centred revolution by Paul Allen

Benefit sanctions are punishing disabled people for the sake of it

Benefit sanctions are punishing disabled people for the sake of it by Frances Ryan The government’s cruel rhetoric is that with enough ‘tough love’, people too ill to get out of bed can hold down a job. Sanctions don’t work Four years ago, I wrote about the death of David Clapson. Clapson – a former … Continue reading Benefit sanctions are punishing disabled people for the sake of it

Disabled people should be seen as individuals, not as a drain on the taxpayer

Frances Ryan in the Guardian Dec 2017  ‘The Conservatives have repeatedly promised and failed to drive down unemployment figures while tightening eligibility and making cuts to out of work sickness benefits.’ Look closely enough and recent announcements reveal the two faces of Conservative disability policy. At the end of last month, Penny Mordaunt, the former … Continue reading Disabled people should be seen as individuals, not as a drain on the taxpayer

 Liz Davidson – day centre manager.   Presentation as part of Edinburgh University Disabilty Research Group –  November 2015

On The Ideas Team creative approaches and their impact on service users and staff Cherry road day centre provides day service for people with Complex support needs (relating to Autism, and behavioural, social and emotional support needs) or individual with Profound and Multiple Learning Disability & physical disabilities. Three years ago it adopted approaches as … Continue reading  Liz Davidson – day centre manager.   Presentation as part of Edinburgh University Disabilty Research Group –  November 2015

Red Note Ensemble article in Arts Manager magazine 

It's all in the detail As Scotland’s contemporary music ensemble, Red Note is renowned not only for its virtuosity but also for its voracious enthusiasm for challenging work. As part of its quest to reach underserved audiences, Red Note recently collaborated with Artlink, Edinburgh’s ongoing programme ‘The Ideas Team’, established in 2005. The Ideas Team … Continue reading Red Note Ensemble article in Arts Manager magazine 

Sensorium – impact of my practice on the individual and care staff 

  Steve Hollingsworth: The  impact  of  art  in  this  context  (art  as  relationships  and  new  perceptible  forms-light,  sound  and performance)  is  enormous  in  this  area. The  art  is  really  in  the  relationships  that  form  over  time  between  the disabled,  their  carers,  parents  and  other  professionals  (as  well  as  new  physical  and  tangible  art  objects)  Opinions change … Continue reading Sensorium – impact of my practice on the individual and care staff