16th May 2019
On 16 May 2019 SUSE hosted the second Scottish DuoDay, joining a European movement in support of equal working rights and opportunities for disabled people and people with long-term conditions.
This year SUSE chose the theme of The Disability Employment Gap. The recent Scottish Government publication A Fairer Scotland for Disabled People: Employment Action Plan sets out a series of key actions including the need for more and better services and extensive work with employers to make our workplaces welcoming and accessible for all.
In line with these aspirations SUSE wanted to highlight the contributions of supported employment services and the support they provide to jobseekers and employers.
We were delighted to be able to offer some participants the opportunity to meet and shadow MSPs and Party Leaders at The Scottish Parliament including Nicola Sturgeon, Ruth Davidson, Richard Leonard, Kezia Dugdale, Willie Rennie and Patrick Harvie and attend First Minister’s Questions. There was also an opportunity to meet with Jamie Hepburn, Minister for Business, Fair Work and Skills to hear more about the Government’s plans to tackle the Disability Employment Gap.
We are very grateful to SUSE members who took part along with non-members who got involved and created opportunities for participants to get involved with whatever was scheduled for that day! These brilliant duos created lots of publicity on social media and you can see some of the activity by visiting our Duoday Social Media page here
We will be sharing some more stories from Duoday 2019 in the coming weeks.
We hope you will get involved in Duoday 2020 and help us promote Supported Employment and the many opportunities it provides to disabled people, Supported Employment agencies and employers.
To register your interest please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org