Disability Equality Scotland Welcomes New Chief Executive Officer

Disability Equality Scotland Welcomes New Chief Executive Officer Disability Equality Scotland is today (31 October 2022) delighted to welcome Lyn Pornaro to post as our new Chief Executive Officer. Lyn is an experienced leader who has most recently been CEO with Lothian Centre for Inclusive Living (LCIL). Lyn’s dedicated leadership helped guide LCIL through the COVID-19 pandemic and other unprecedented challenges, while ensuring the charity remained a prominent fixture of the independent living movement. Commenting on her appointment as CEO of Disability Equality Scotland, Lyn said: “It is a great privilege to become CEO of Disability Equality Scotland, a leading
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Programme for Government 2022 – Disability Equality Scotland Response

Programme for Government 2022 – Disability Equality Scotland Response Morven Brooks, CEO of Disability Equality Scotland, has given her response to the Scottish Government’s Programme for Government 2022. We are living through unprecedented times for many people, but none more so than for disabled people, who have for years now struggled financially and socially.  The cost-of-living crisis only threatens to deepen the inequalities which exist in Scotland, and there is a genuine fear that disabled people will be left to bear the brunt. Disability Equality Scotland is already hearing from disabled people right across Scotland of the devastating impact that
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Disability Equality Scotland Announce New Deputy Chief Executive Officer!

A Message From Our New Deputy CEO! Hello, I hope that this finds you well and looking forward to the weekend. As I am sure you are aware, Emma Scott left her role as Deputy Chief Executive of Disability Equality Scotland (DES) earlier this summer. Following an open recruitment process, I was delighted to accept the offer from DES to follow in Emma’s footsteps and started with the charity on Monday 15 August. By way of a brief introduction, for much of my working life I have been involved in sport and physical activity – including working for the national
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Disability Equality Scotland – CEO Announcement

Disability Equality Scotland – CEO Announcement Disability Equality Scotland announces that after 6 years in CEO post and 10 years with the organisation, Morven Brooks will be departing from the position of Chief Executive Officer, effective from October 2022. Morven commented: “It is with both sadness and gratitude that I announce I will be moving on from Disability Equality Scotland as Chief Executive Officer. I have been offered the role as Chief Executive with Voluntary Action Orkney and excited to be working with and supporting the third sector in Orkney. Over the last six years, in my current capacity as
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We are recruiting for a new Deputy CEO!

We are recruiting for a new Deputy CEO! Working alongside the CEO, the Deputy CEO will be responsible for the day-to-day running of the organisation from an operational perspective as well as managing a broad number of projects and initiatives within Disability Equality Scotland. The closing date for applications is 12pm on Wednesday 6 July with interviews taking place 18/19 July. Full details and information can be obtained by emailing recruitment@brucetaitassociates.com or by visiting https://vacancies.brucetaitassociates.net/post.php?s=2022-06-13-deputy-ceo&
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Bank Holiday Closure

Bank Holiday Closure Please note that our office is closed for the Platinum Jubilee bank holidays on Thursday 2 and Friday 3 June 2022. If you need to get in touch, you can call us on 0141 370 0968  and leave a message on our answerphone, or contact us via email admin@disabilityequality.scot. Messages will be picked up when we return  on Monday 6 June. Enjoy the long weekend!
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Straw Exemption Guidance Published Ahead of Single-use Plastics Ban

Straw Exemption Guidance Published Ahead of Single-use Plastics Ban The law on single-use plastics is changing on 1 June 2022. After this date, it will be unlawful to make and supply commercially any of the following single-use plastic items: Cutlery (forks, knives, spoons, chopsticks and other similar utensils) Plates Beverage stirrers Food containers made of expanded polystyrene Cups made of expanded polystyrene Your Say on Disability – Plastic Straw Exemptions At Disability Equality Scotland, we invited our members to have their say on how the ban would impact disabled people. We are pleased that a critical exemption is applied to
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New Convener and Director Announced!

New Convener and Director Announced! At Disability Equality Scotland, we are delighted to announce Kayla-Megan Burns as our new Convener and Marie Harrower as a new Director. Kayla-Megan Burns: Convener Kayla is a climate and social justice activist who has worked locally, nationally and internationally on projects and campaigns covering areas such as the climate emergency, accessibility, the right to education for all, anti-hate, and gender equality. Originally from Enniskillen, N.Ireland, Kayla moved to Glasgow to pursue studies in Biomedical Science at the University of Strathclyde. Since then Kayla has rapidly built their career, becoming the President and Chair of the
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Protecting the Rights of Disabled People in Ukraine

Protecting the Rights of Disabled People in Ukraine The members of the Scottish Independent Living Coalition (SILC) are deeply concerned by the growing humanitarian crisis in Ukraine and are calling on support to ensure that disabled people are not abandoned. There are approximately 3 million disabled people in Ukraine. Reports are highlighting that disabled people are finding it difficult to access a safe means of evacuation and shelter. Disabled people are disproportionately impacted in emergency situations and are more likely to be left behind due to factors such as inaccessible transport and infrastructure. Disabled people can lose access to vital
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Closing Date Extended: Board of Directors Recruitment – Convener and Director Opportunity

Closing Date Extended: Board of Directors Recruitment – Convener and Director Opportunity We are recruiting for two voluntary positions to join the Disability Equality Scotland Board of Directors and we have extended the closing date for both positions to Tuesday 8 March 2022. Position: Convener We are recruiting a new Convener to lead our Board of Directors and to guide the development of Disability Equality Scotland. The Convener also has a leadership role and is delegated the line-management of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO). In this position you will also be required to: Be a credible spokesperson for the organisation
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