Inclusion Scotland are partners in new £5 million research project into issues and challenges facing disabled people
The issues and challenges facing disabled people will soon be better understood thanks to new research made possible with a £5 million grant from the Big Lottery Fund.
Disability Action Northern Ireland and their partners, Disability Rights UK, Disability Wales and Inclusion Scotland have been awarded the grant to carry out Disability Research on Independent Living and Learning (DRILL) project over the next five years. The research will focus on the extent to which disabled people are able to live independently whilst gathering their opinions on how changes could be made.
We are recruiting!
Following a period of expansion,we are looking to recruit a Finance Officer to ensure the sound recording and reporting of our finances, as the organisation continues to develop.
The successful candidate will have substantial experience of using Sage to maintain accounts for multiple funding streams, developing and monitoring budgets, operating robust financial systems, financial analysis and reporting to a Board of Directors. S/he will have first rate communication and interpersonal skills, be able to work under pressure to meet deadlines and have personal or professional experience of disability.
For more information please e-mail Janice@inclusionscotland.org or phone 0141 559 5025.
Deadline: 10.00am Monday 2nd March
Interviews will be held on Tuesday 10th March
Inclusion Scotland particularly welcomes applications from disabled people. Please let us know if you need the application pack in another format.
Free Inclusion Scotland Membership
Would you, or your organisation be interested in free membership to Inclusion Scotland?
We are keen to build on the work already done so the voice of disabled people can really be heard by policy makers and enable disabled people to make a real contribution to the improvement of every day life in Scotland.
For information on becoming a member of Inclusion Scotland please contact us on 0141 559 5025 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Inclusion Scotland respond to the Smith Commission
Inclusion Scotland's response to the Smith Commission is now available.
New briefings from our Rights Now! project
We have two new briefings from our Rights Now! project:
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