FIRST POSTED ON JUNE 10 2020 AT 11:39
Includem welcomes the opportunity to submit a response to the Scottish Advisory Group on Economic Recovery. You can read our full submission here.
Our Chief Executive, Martin Dorchester, summarises his thoughts:
Includem believes the third sector has more “than an important role” to society and the economy. It is, we believe, pivotal to making the change required to bring about a more robust and inclusive economy that works for everyone.
Taking an economic perspective, the sector has a turnover in excess of £6 billion, expenditure that almost matches that at £5.7 billion and employs over 100,000 people (paid) in Scotland. But more than that, and as we have seen during this pandemic, it significantly contributes to the wellbeing of society, to the development of community and for the good of all.
Includem operates in perhaps the most challenging and deprived areas of Scotland. Our work is grounded in making the right interventions to deliver long lasting, future results. We invest in children and young people so that they have the opportunity to participate in and contribute to society.
A key plank of our work is through participation, which involves listening to the young people, families and communities we work with and then truly involving them in this investment and intervention. Although organisationally we have an operating hierarchy, we involve everyone in the decision-making process and hear their voices and, most importantly, we are open to learning and changing. I believe that if the Scottish government truly wants to build a different future then this type of thinking and working needs to become the dominant model.
Includem may be a national organisation but we are locally based, and we work in and with our communities. We recommend a recovery stimulated from the grassroots (ironic in this case) up as opposed to top down; situated in communities, thus allowing the benefits of:
We believe this would provide a real platform to build a society based on wellbeing rather than just GDP. To build a society that is committed to eradicating poverty and deliver the change at a fundamental level that is needed.
Includem are pleased to be able to offer these recommendations to the Scottish Government and looks forward to working closely across all sectors to improve outcomes for all of Scotland.