2018 was a stellar year for
Scottish Huntington’s Association!
Before we got stuck into the business of our 30th anniversary celebrations in 2019, the SHA staff team took a moment to reflect on some of the highlights of 2018. There was a shared feeling in the room of, ‘where did that year even go!?’ but when we paused to reflect it became clear that the year went to good use!
National Care Framework was launched in 4 localities!
As many of you will know localised versions of our National Care Framework have gone live in Ayrshire & Arran , Fife , Grampian , Lanarkshire & Lothian . Our service staff speak of how it is being used not only by themselves but by other health and social care staff to ensure better results and care for families living with Huntington’s disease. The Scottish Government is now considering how our Framework might be used as a model to help people with other neurological conditions. This is an especially proud moment for everyone who has made this happen, from our family members, SHA staff members, health and social care staff, politicians and more. Here’s to a Scotland where everyone has access to the right services regardless of condition or postcode.
We’re all VERY proud of our colleagues!
Talking of our service staff, they have done SHA proud yet again. We think it would be hard to find a room filled with more caring, dedicated and brilliant humans than our all-staff get together (we may be biased!). But really, our HD specialists, Financial Wellbeing Officers, youth workers and their admin support have really given their all to supporting families this year and that was evidenced by stories shared about proud moments throughout the year and their hopes for their clients.
And we honestly can’t fail to mention the head office staff with our admin, finance and fundraising teams. They never stop pushing to do better and are an integral part of how the charity operates. Thanks for all your hard work to everyone in the SHA staff team!
Fab new resources for young people
Many of us had hearts in their eyes for the new youth service resources, ‘Living with Huntington’s disease; A guide for Young People Aged 8-12 and13+.’ Although these tools are simple to use, a lot of hard work went on behind the scenes by the SHAyp team. The result is a high quality resource that young people can use, alongside their Specialist Youth Advisor, to help navigate the many complex issues that HD creates in their lives. Well done youth team!
Scotland at the forefront of research for Huntington’s disease
At the end of 2017 the world received some very exciting research news for Huntington’s disease and our phones went wild with hopeful family members! To keep people in the loop we launched HeaDline – a newsletter which gives up to date information on research news from across the globe. We were determined Scotland should be involved in future research and have a voice in all things pertaining to Huntington’s disease treatment. In July we received the news that The Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow had been chosen as a UK research centre for Wave Life Sciences’ PRECISION-HD trials! And we’re hoping for Scotland’s involvement in other trials in the future.
Our incredible community of supporters have knocked it out the park for the HD community!
We would be remiss if we didn’t talk about our supporters in this blog. What a year! Our supporters have ran marathons, pop up shops, SHAre tea parties, and so much more. We’ve had people do skydives, wing walks, assault courses, kiltwalks, ultramarathons – the list is endless! All of our supporters have helped fund everything you see above and just as important got people talking about Huntington’s disease! We shouldn’t be surprised by the effort and heart our supporters put into helping SHA but we always are. Thank you doesn’t seem like enough but it’s a start!