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TPS Connects Conference 2024

Turning Point Scotland recently held the bi-annual TPS Connects conference at The Golden Jubilee Conference Hotel. Originally established in 2011, the TPS Connects Conference is a two-day event for people supported by Turning Point Scotland Learning Disability services. 

Day one began with a warm welcome from Craig Winter, Director of Business Development and Improvement. Craig emphasized the importance of the conference that gives people the opportunity to have their say. This led to audience participation for reflection since the last conference; what the people who use our services told us and what we did. Patrick McKay, Director of Operations followed this welcome by highlighting the importance of TPS Connects and why Turning Point Scotland involve the people supported. Craig Winter hosted a “Turning Point Scotland Plans for the Future” session for staff and people in services to vote and give opinions on the current 2023-2028 strategy.

There was an opportunity for people who use our services to come on stage and share their good news stories such as new living spaces, opportunities to speak at conferences, what Turning Point Scotland means to them and opportunities they have to be involved in their communities thanks to the support of Turning Point Scotland.

The first day finished with Liz Lothian, Manager, Positive Behaviour Support team who was joined by Jamie Lee who is supported by Turning Point Scotland to share her story of the support she has received. Positive Behaviour Support is a way of exploring what people need. The primary goal is not to change the person’s behaviour but to change the way the service is delivered, with a focus on improving the quality of life for people.

The evening involved a dinner followed by a disco and karaoke. 32 people took to the microphone and got the crowd up dancing and singing.

On day two, Dr Mark Shephard from The University of Strathclyde came along to talk about the upcoming General Election and gave guidance on how people should pick their party and to use their opportunity to vote.

Over the two days there was a variety of workshops of people to get involved with such as: Arts, Music, Bingo, Bushcraft, Ceramic Pot Painting and feedback opportunities with sessions on “Inclusion”, “Have your say” and “What home means to me”.

The conference finished with members of TPS Connects Committee sharing what being a member means to them and inviting other people who use our services to take the opportunity to join.

Aileen Reid, Inclusion & Access Co-ordinator said, “The committee did a fantastic job of delivering presentations and introducing speakers. Any time a speaker asked for input from the audience there was no shortage of people who wanted to have the mic to share their thoughts and opinions. That’s what the conference is all about, hearing from the people we support, taking their views away and doing something about them.”

Well done to Aileen, the TPS Connects Committee and everyone else involved in putting such a fantastic event together.


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