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Values into Action Scotland is 50!

Join VIAS - Values into Action Scotland - for a series of events to celebrate the 50 year history of VIA UK and discover how it has evolved to become Values Into Action Scotland. 

VIAS will be sharing a programme of live, online events to: 

  • celebrate past achievements
  • spotlight current successes
  • showcase plans for future developments

With a host of inspiring guests including: Ann Shearer, John O'Brien, Andrew Holman, Simon Duffy and many more this is a great opportunity to connect, celebrate and imagine the future together.

View the full programme of events running between 29 November and 3 December at:


For more information about VIAS visit:


Note: Originally formed as the Campaign for the Mentally Handicapped by Ann Shearer and colleagues CMH led the early work against institutionalisation and segregation and was critical in turning the tide towards a more inclusive society. Later CMH became Values Into Action and the Scottish group became Values Into Action Scotland. The English organisation closed in 2012, but the Scottish organisation remains a vibrant and effective organisation working in partnership with self-advocates to advance human rights and inclusion. You can read more about the birth of self-advocacy and the early work of CMH on the Citizen Network website.


Awed by the Human Spirit

Awed by the Human Spirit

Recollections of the early days of deinstitutionalisation and the emergence of self-advocacy by one of its pioneers.

Self-Advocacy History Before 1984

Self-Advocacy History Before 1984

The People First movement leads the way in self-advocacy today, but there were also earlier developments which should not be forgotten.

No Going Back

No Going Back

Authors Tim Keilty and Kellie Woodley write about the forgotten voices from Prudhoe Hospital.