The Annual Participation Programme

Our Annual Participation Programme is the one-stop-shop for members to find out about and become involved in our main influencing priorities for the year ahead. The programme is full of opportunities based on themes we know are important to our membership and it allows members to choose what they get involved with and in what way.

How can I get involved?

For most themes, there will be consistent methods for getting involved:

  1. 1:1 discussions with your WC?S worker or with the Policy team directly.
  2. As part of your local participation group – just ask your worker for more information.
  3. By taking part in a national workshop – a chance to meet other members too!
  4. A survey – for the times you would rather share your views in private.

How are themes decided?

We want to make sure that the Programme themes represent our diverse membership as much as possible. To do this we have to begin by leaning on our evidence. This means we search the following information for trends and themes:

  1. The most common issues raised with our Advocacy and Participation Workers
  2. Issues or areas identified by our local participation groups
  3. The results of our membership survey
  4. The issues raised through our helpline

After we’ve finished this search, we take the themes to our annual Member’s Assembly. Some of our themes are ‘locked in’. These are the ones that are evidenced by our advocacy and participation work. Other themes are optional and members are able to rank these themes in order of importance.

Launching the new 2021/22 Programme

We have now released the new 2021/22 Annual Participation programme, click here to find out more!

You can also read about the impact of our previous year’s programme here.

If you have any questions about the Annual Participation Programme, please get in contact with Carly Elliott – or get in touch with your WC?S worker.

With thanks to Scottish Local Authorities, funding partners and donors who make our work possible.