A story of success on World Autism Day!

  A story of success on World Autism Day You may recognise ambassador Cait Kostka and her wonderful bakes from previous blogs and today we’re so pleased to be sharing the latest chapter in Cait’s story. Despite the challenges presented by Covid-19 restrictions, she’s managed to take her business to new heights! In celebration of … Continued

Tapping into talent on World Autism Day

It has been heart-warming to see our ILF Scotland Transition Fund recipients not only get through the challenges of the past year, but thrive and explore new opportunities that may not have seemed possible until now. Ahead of World Autism Awareness Day on 2nd April, we caught up with Ryan Johnstone who used  ILF Scotland … Continued

My Life Outside The Lines – Susan Douglas-Scott

There are significant dates in the calendar which create opportunities for shining a light on LGBT, disability and women’s issues. These movements and moments are vital parts of a critical information patchwork for anyone seeking to take action for equality. On the 8th of March every year through International Women’s Day we make a collective … Continued

Let’s not allow a global pandemic stop us from trying something new

There is no doubt that Covid-19 and enforced social distancing has been a difficult time for all of us. We have missed our friends, families and social groups and lockdown has tested our resilience. This challenging period has been further heightened for young disabled people with inevitable cuts in support systems and the shutting down … Continued

Personal experiences of self-directed support during Covid-19.

  We are delighted that the Chair of our ILF Scotland Recipient Advisory Group, Dr Jim Elder-Woodward OBE has written a blog about his experiences of social care during the Covid-19 pandemic. Born with cerebral palsy, Jim Elder-Woodward has had life-long experience of disability, not only as a health and social service user, but also as … Continued

A Message to our Northern Ireland Stakeholder and Scotland Recipient Advisory Groups

As we turn 5 years old, we would like to say a huge thanks to our Northern Ireland Stakeholder and Scotland Recipient Advisory groups. Both groups give up their own free time to help us discuss key policy changes and feed back to us what works well and what doesn’t work so well with their … Continued

How do I apply to the ILF Scotland Transition Fund?

Did you know that our Transition Fund enables young disabled people aged 16-25 to try something new, build their confidence and enhance their independence? It’s really easy to apply – check out the steps you need to take and what you’ll need for your application below. Who can apply? If you’re aged 16 – 25, … Continued

What are the biggest challenges for disabled young people in Scotland?

In Scotland, transitioning from childhood to adulthood can be one of the biggest challenges for young people who are disabled or who have an impairment.  This transition can be made harder by the fact that, often, networks and supports can be more difficult to access in adult services.  Leaving school, and all of the formal … Continued

How ILF Scotland grants for young disabled adults can increase independence

ILF Scotland set up the Transition Fund to provide grants for young disabled adults who want to enhance their independence, get involved in the community and try something new. There are many challenges faced by disabled young people as they transition from childhood to adulthood. These challenges include a sudden loss of access to child … Continued

How we can enrich the lives of young disabled people

Growing up for any young person comes with its challenges, with new responsibilities and changes leaving many feeling vulnerable, isolated and lost. The transition from childhood to adulthood can be particularly challenging for young disabled people. At a time when new opportunities should be presenting themselves, we have found that a lot of doors can … Continued