In this blog, Claire Bynner, research associate for What Works Scotland, reflects on the 10th annual conference (and anniversary) of The Alliance – the national third sector intermediary for health and social care organisations in Scotland.
Author: Claire Bynner, What Works Scotland
Date: 24 May 2016
What Works Scotland was invited along as a partner in hosting the event with The Alliance which took place on 23 May 2016. Themed Two Million Expert Voices, the conference focused on the two million people across Scotland who are living with a disability or long-term condition, and unpaid carers – not passive recipients of services, but experts in their own lives.
The day featured a play, workshops and talks. People at the conference talked about the difficulties of being active and independent when faced with inaccessible and poor quality services. If two million people in Scotland can become involved in reframing the political narrative from what isn’t to what is possible, then the future looks optimistic.