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Access Panel Conference 2017

Access Panel Conference

 After months of planning by the Access team at SDEF our annual Access Panel conference was held last Friday in Aberdeen.  SDEF would like to thank all those who attended and to the people who delivered a presentation to the conference.  We held the conference on board the MV Hjaltland which was moored in Aberdeen harbour before its return trip to Shetland.

We started with an early lunch of soup and sandwiches which allowed everyone to talk with one another and introduce themselves.  We then kicked off the conference and had presentations from James Linklater who is head of customer care at Northlink Ferries, Iain Smith who is the Policy and Engagement team manager for Inclusion Scotland, Ryan McDonald from Euan’s Guide and Dean Eales from Disabled Go.

Access Panels then had the chance to share what they had been doing and what their plans were for the coming months with everyone else at the conference.  There was a brief question and after that the Access Engagement Officer closed the conference by saying that all Access Panels in Scotland are part of a unique and special network not found anywhere else in the UK and that we should all be proud of ourselves, regardless of the size of the contribution we make.

If you didn’t manage to make the conference or would just like to have a look over the notes then you can download a transcript from the day by clicking HERE.

If you have any suggestions for where we should hold next year’s conference then please get in touch with either Ian or Gillian. 

Again, thank you to everyone who contributed to the day and made it a success.  Please scroll down to see some pictures from the day.

 

Mary Tolmie standing up at the back giving her update on what Cumnock and Doon Valley Panel have been up to

BSL interpreter signing at the front of the conference to delegates

Conference delegates listening to a speech at the front of the room

Conference delegates listening to a speech at the front of the room

Conference delegates eating their lunch

Conference delegates

Ryan from Euan's guide delivering his presentation

Ryan from Euan’s guide delivering his presentation

Iain Smith from Inclusion Scotland delivering his presentation

Iain Smith from Inclusion Scotland delivering his presentation

Dean Eales from Disabled Go delivering his presentation

Dean Eales from Disabled Go delivering his presentation

James Linklater, head of customer care at NorthLink ferries, welcoming everyone to the conference

James Linklater, head of customer care at NorthLink ferries, welcoming everyone to the conference

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