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UPDATE supports organisations throughout Scotland to provide accurate, relevant and accessible disability-related information.

If you provide disability-related information or advice and want to reduce the amount of time your staff spend searching for the information they need, UPDATE can help.

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The Future of Residential Care for Older People in Scotland

For the last year, the Scottish Government has been working ...more

New Scottish Independent Living Fund to support existing and new users

 Multi-million pound fund to help disabled people to stay in ...more

Welfare reforms causing severe financial hardship to disabled people say MPs

Welfare reforms to the support provided for housing costs – ...more

Self-Directed Support Act comes into force from 1 April 2014

Thousands of care users to get more control of their ...more

Disabled or not disabled: that is not the only question

One of the unique aspects of disability, compared to the ...more

Supreme Court rules that disabled people 'have right to liberty'

Specialist lawyers representing the mother of a disabled man taken ...more


24 Apr 2014

ARC Scotland FREE Workshops on Welfare Benefits - Glasgow

Venue - Citizens Advice Direct, Brunswick House, 51 Wilson Street, ...more

14 May 2014

The Challenges and Risks of Personalisation - Evidence and Experience of 'what works'

CoSLA Conference Centre, Edinburgh The aim of this event is to ...more

20 May 2014


The conference is for all those interested in community building ...more

13 Jun 2014

CPAG Scotland Welfare Rights Conference

Scottish Youth Theatre, The Old Sheriff Court, 105 Brunswick Street, ...more

Role: Development Manager

  • Salary: £32,613
  • Location: Edinburgh
  • Closing Date: Tuesday, 29 April 2014 
  • Interview Date: Thursday 8th May 2014

Full Description

UPDATE is Scotland’s National Disability Information Service based in Edinburgh with a Scotland wide remit. Due to a forthcoming retirement we are looking for a Development Manager to lead the team into the next stage of our development to ensure we are continuing to provide the best service for our members.

The Development Manager will work in co-operation with the board to implement the organisation’s strategic plan as well as co-ordinating the day-to-day running of the organisation, recruiting and managing staff and volunteers and raising the funds necessary to do so. The successful candidate will have third sector experience and understand charity finance. You will be confident at strategic planning, service development and partnership working. You will have excellent written and verbal communication skills and be IT literate. You will have the ability to inspire a team, be flexible and motivated and have a understanding of current disability issues and the political landscape you are working in.

How to Apply

If you, or anyone that you know, would like to find out more about this inspiring role, please email for a full information pack prior to making your application. Application after this stage is by CV and covering letter.


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SCOOP Directory

SCOOP is our online disability information directory and is the ONLY one of its kind in Scotland. At the touch of a button, access over 4,000 contacts including - national and local disability organisations, local council contacts, welfare rights and benefit advisers, as well as a wide range of other organisations dealing with issues such as money advice, education, employment, disability equality, respite care, holidays and transport, to name but a few.
SCOOP is maintained by a team of dedicated information workers.


Useful Resources


The Access Guide: Removing barriers, improving access

This completely FREE and recently updated wall chart is the definitive source for guidance on accessible building and home adaptations, all on one convenient A2 poster.

The Access Guide provides detailed illustrations with best practice measurements and dimensions for adaptations that improve access for disabled people. Best practice guidance includes:

  • access around designated off-street parking spaces
  • road crossings
  • kitchen and work surfaces heights
  • door location and side clearances
  • accessible WC layouts
  • sensory fittings

Request your FREE copy of The Access Guide poster from UPDATE or download a PDF version here (link opens in a new window).

Produced by UPDATE in partnership with the Scottish Accessible Information Forum, Glasgow Centre for Independent Living and the Blackwood Foundation.

Transcription Service

We operate a fast, professional and cost-effective transcription service.

Concentrating on small and medium-sized documents that we can process very quickly, such as leaflets, newsletters, correspondence, minutes and the like, means our turnaround times are fast and competitive.

We can transcribe documents into Braille, audio CD, digital audio, paper (large print) and electronic formats.

Click here to find out more about our transcription service.

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