- Members of charity’s learning disability service host party representatives for a special Q&A event at the William Quarrier Scottish Epilepsy Centre -
QUARRIERS, one of Scotland’s largest social care charities, welcomed representatives from three of the country’s leading parties: Labour’s Ken McIntosh, Gavin Newlands of the SNP and Liberal Democrat, Gary McLelland, attended a panel event at the William Quarrier Epilepsy Centre in Glasgow.
The session, chaired by Ian Hood, co-ordinator at Learning Disability Alliance Scotland, gave people supported by Quarriers’ learning disability service a chance to learn more about the General Election and put their questions to the guest politicians.
During the event, numerous topics were covered, including welfare reform, communication and physical accessibility and disability hate crime – among others.
Speaking at the William Quarrier Scottish Epilepsy Centre, Iain Cuthbertson, inclusion manager at Quarriers, said: “It’s been a very useful day for the people we support and we’d like to thank Ken, Gavin and Gary for taking the time to come and speak to us.
“Issues such as welfare reform and disability hate crime can have a significant impact on the lives of those we support, so it’s important we engage with politicians and other stakeholders to ensure their views are being received at all levels of society.
“This is going to be one of the most important General Elections for many years and we believe everyone should be deeply engaged and involved in the process.
“Events like this are vital to people with disabilities, encouraging engagement with the political agenda of these parties and inclusion.
“Our group acknowledged the work of those parties who had drawn up ‘Easy Read’ versions of their manifesto and found the day extremely insightful ahead of casting their votes on 7 May.”
Notes to editors
Ken Macintosh is Member of the Scottish Parliament for Eastwood (Scottish Labour)
Gavin Newlands is SNP candidate for Paisley and Renfrewshire North
Gary McLelland is Liberal Democrat candidate for Glasgow East
- About Quarriers
Quarriers is one of Scotland’s largest social care charities, providing practical care and support for thousands of vulnerable children, adults and families who face extremely challenging circumstances.
The charity runs over 100 services across Scotland, and is expanding its work in England, with services in Bath, Swindon, Cheshire and South Shields.
Quarriers’ services support adults and children with disabilities, young people facing homelessness, families facing poverty, unpaid carers and people affected by epilepsy.
For more information, visit www.quarriers.org.uk.
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