Family learning for closing the attainment gap

Posted on Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

Family learning for closing the attainment gap – practitioner voices event, Dundee University 26th May 2017 My question for attendees is: How well are we listening to, are involving and can evidence clear participation of parents with a disabled child and disabled parents in the drive to support their child’s education attainment?” I’m the Chair of the […]

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I can help my son with his homework now

Posted on Thursday, May 11th, 2017

Pauline is a Dundee adult learner on a mission, to find work and to be a good parent.  Pauline experienced a period of anxiety and depression which led to her giving up work. One year on she has now taken up learning opportunities, has had work experience in different sectors and has achieved an Adult […]

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Rebeckah Starts Volunteering at Café Connect

Posted on Monday, March 13th, 2017

I met Rebeckah and her mum Karen during November 2016.  Rebeckah is 19 years old and comes from a small village in the North East of Aberdeenshire.   She belongs to a close knit family and has a special bond with her grandparents who live in the same village.  At present, she is living with her […]

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Current Job Vacancies

Posted on Thursday, February 16th, 2017

We currently do not have any job vacancies however we are always looking for volunteers in the areas in which we work (Fife, Dundee, North Lanarkshire, Aberdeenshire, Highland, Perth & Kinross), for more information about volunteering opportunities get in touch with the area’s learning coordinator or email

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Reasonable Adjustments in Exams

Posted on Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

A parent contacted the helpline, looking for information and advice about what their child’s rights were in relation to receiving ‘reasonable adjustments’ for a university admissions test for a degree course their child had applied to. The university was refusing to allow adjustments for an entry exam for their child, who had a specific learning […]

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Organising Support at College

Posted on Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

Elizabeth, who is a member of the ASN staff at an Edinburgh school, contacted Lead’s information service regarding Calum, a learner with cerebral palsy who was leaving school and progressing to college the following year. Calum was going to require a relatively complex support package and funding arrangement and his family were not sure who […]

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How studying impacts on benefits

Posted on Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

A young disabled person phoned the helpline to try and find out how their benefits would be affected if they were to undertake post-graduate study. They were very anxious and frustrated as they had called multiple agencies to try and get the correct information, but had been receiving conflicting answers as their individual situation was […]

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2016 at a Glance

Posted on Friday, January 20th, 2017

Thanks to Jim Byrne Associates for putting together the following infographic for us to highlight all the great work which has been happening in the past year.

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Photo competition

Posted on Thursday, January 19th, 2017

We are having a photo competition, open to everyone! We want to make some noise about young people and adults and show lots of ways by which learning transforms lives.  So please grab your mobile phone, your tablet or your camera and get snapping!     Closing date: 28th April 2017.  There will be prizes […]

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Learners Gain Adult Achievement Award

Posted on Friday, January 13th, 2017

During October to December last year, Barbara, our Aberdeenshire Learning Co-ordinator has been working in partnership with the Co-ordinator from The Bridge Project in Fraserburgh to arrange for two groups of 4 learners to work towards an Adult Achievement Award. The Bridge Project is a partnership between Day Services and Employability in Aberdeenshire Council. It’s […]

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