MECOPP – Rights, Responsibilities and Respect (3R’s Project)
MECOPP was awarded £157,750 for the period of May 2017 to April 2020.
With this funding, MECOPP (Minority Ethnic Carers of Older People Project) provides legal support and advice to people with dementia and their carers in Scotland, in order to help them access their rights to Self-Directed Support. MECOPP supports them where they feel that they have not been dealt with fairly, challenging decisions or the improper use of legislation where necessary.
The 3R’s project is part of the “SDS Collective”, a group of advocacy and campaigning organisations who have come together to promote improved practice in the development of Self Directed Support (SDS) in Scotland.
The project has developed a three-day training course for third sector professionals, which covers social care law, human rights and equalities, and is designed to be a participative learning experience. MECOPP’s web-based resources on dementia and human rights have dementia friendly versions, and they provide awareness raising roadshows, focusing specifically on dementia and human rights.
Thanks to this funding, people affected by dementia have an increased knowledge of their existing rights and entitlements under social care, equalities and human rights legislation, and MECOPP ensures that their human rights are fully understood by the local authorities providing them with SDS. Individuals and organisations are provided with advice and support that seek to challenge local authority decision making, where necessary, with a view to establishing a precedent.