Scottish Government Consultations

Be heard
We know that the voices of therapeutic gardeners are important in shaping and informing Scottish society so we've picked out a few Scottish Government Consultations and Bills that may be relevant to you.
Why not respond to one of those consultations listed below. Send your comments to or respond directly to the consultation and let us know you have.  
2016 Latest Consultations

The Scottish Government is seeking  your views on the new Mental Health Strategy...
You are invited to give your views on:
a) our priorities for transforming mental health in Scotland;
b) the early actions we propose to take to deliver this transformation; and
c) how we should measure success over the 10 year period.
The paper can be viewed and downloaded at the Scottish Government’s Citizen Space website
The deadline for responses is Friday 16 September
There will also be some public events over the summer to talk about the new Strategy.

The events will be of interest to those of all ages with lived experience, carers, mental health service users and providers, the Third Sector, NHS Boards, Health and Social Care Partnerships, Integrated Joint Boards,  COSLA, local authorities, Community Planning Partners, Mental Health Officers, social work service providers and professional bodies. 
The Minister for Mental Health will attend a number of these events where possible. 
Public Events - dates for your diary:  
30 August - Beach Ballroom, Aberdeen 
6 September - Discovery Point, Dundee  
13 September - Trades Hall, Merchant City, Glasgow
14 September - CoSLA Education Centre, Edinburgh  
All events will take place from 10.30am – 1pm. 

Young Scot will hold an additional event specifically for young people to get their views and comments but young people are also very welcome to attend the above events. If you know of young people who might like to attend the young scot event or if you would like more information please email 

How to Book 
To book a place, go to 

remember to register for the date you want to attend and highlight any additional needs you might have to allow you to participate.  Places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.  
At the Edinburgh venue, videoconference facilities will be available for those who cannot attend in person.  Please put this request on the booking form. 
Further Information 
If you have any questions about these events, please email NHS Health Scotland’s Mental Health Improvement Team:

Pre - 2016 Consultations and subsequent strategies

Learning Disability Strategy
National News The ‘Keys to life’ is the new learning disability strategy for Scotland. It was launched
on Thursday 13th June at Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh. You can download copies of the new strategy from the Scottish Government website.
Full version:
Easy read version:

The same as you? Government Strategy for People with Learning Disabilities
 The Scottish Government evaluation team has now gathered evidence using face-to-face interviews with people with learning disabilities and family carers about their lives,  see the report published in  May 2012 at
The easy read version is available her

The Dementia Strategy 2013-16 Proposal Paper has now been published.
Read it online at Scottish Government web pages

Scottish Government Mental Health Strategy for Scotland: 2012-15
Thank you to all in the Trellis network who contributed to the SG Mental Health Strategy 2012-15. The new strategy has been published. The link below provides a copy of the Scottish Government’s new mental health strategy.

The Social Care (Self-directed Support) (Scotland) Bill
was published in March 2013 and is available to download from the
Scottish Parliament website.
Details of the Scottish Government self-directed support strategy can be found here
For more information on self-directed support see the Self-direct Support Scotland web pages at
Further information is available on the Providers and Personalisation website  

Self-directed Support (Direct Payments) (Scotland) Regulations 2013 
A consultation on  the Draft Self-directed Support (Direct Payments) (Scotland) Regulations 2013 focussing on on how self-directed suport will be paid is open until 10th July 2013. A guide to the bill published by The ALLIANCE is available here
Click on this link to the Easy Read Guide to the Social Care(self-directed Support) Act 2012 from the Learning Disability Alliance Scotland.
Find it the bill at the Scottish Government webpages

Community Empowerment and Renewal Bill
An Easy Read summary analysis was published 11th february 2013 of all 447 responses to the Scottish Government’s recent exploratory consultation on ideas for the proposed Community Empowerment and Renewal Bill, fousing on the ideas discussed in the Easy Read summary consultation paper. Read it at
If anyone would like to contact the Community Empowerment Unit - please email them at

Scottish Biodiversity Strategy
An analysis of responses to the Scottish Government's consultation on the 2020 Challenge for Scotland's Biodiversity was published 11th January 2013.
A Consultation on the 2020 Challenge for Scotland's Biodiversity: An Analysis of Consultation Responses can be viewed at 
Chapter 3 of the consultation paper focused on the role of the natural world in improving our physical and mental health and well-being.







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