United Kingdom

Edinburgh Council intends to stop funding people with learning disabilities attending Garvald Edinburgh.

Garvald Edinburgh runs a range of workshops that offer a variety of meaningful work opportunities to around 125 adults with learning disabilities. Garvald Edinburgh is a community of people – members and staff- who support and value each other, and it is the diversity of people and the diversity of their talents and abilities that allows this to happen.

Some members combine working at Garvald Edinburgh with other activities, such as college courses and in some cases, employment. But it is Garvald that gives people the solid base and support to do this. This is evidenced by Scottish Care Commission which gave Garvald Edinburgh the highest possible gradings on all its standards of care when it inspected these services in November 2008. Garvald Edinburgh places high priority on social skills and friendships without which may lead them to living a very sheltered and lonely life. The whole ethos of Garvald Edinburgh is to include rather than exclude and this works by allowing individuals with differing needs to interact and support each other.

Edinburgh Council’s Health and Social Care Department’s intention is to stop funding adults with learning disabilities who go there if they are assessed in the eyes of the council as needing ‘moderate’ or ‘low’ levels of support. This will destroy the outstanding inclusive culture and ethos of Garvald Edinburgh.


We, the undersigned, urge the City of Edinburgh Council to reconsider urgently its decision to cease funding all people classified by CEC as having ‘low or moderate support needs’ at Garvald Edinburgh Day Services, to the extreme detriment of the individuals concerned and to the whole future of Garvald Edinburgh Day Services.

Garvald Edinburgh is an outstanding and unique example of an inclusive community of diverse individuals working together to develop and sustain each person’s needs.

The Save Garvald Edinburgh Day Services petition to EDINBURGH COUNCIL was written by LOUISE FINLAYSON and is in the category Health at GoPetition.