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Season change for Scotland exhibition
SCOTLAND'S major disability event is moving from spring to autumn when it returns in 2009. 
"We have undertaken a considerable amount of research with both exhibitors and visitors and the change simply makes sense," said Joanne Smith, Acting Group Head of Events for Emap Public Sector.  
"Having Independent Living Scotland in the spring inevitably means it falls within a few weeks of Naidex and that makes it very hard on the exhibitors because their resources are stretched to the limit.  
"Many of these are small companies that struggle to cope with two major events taking places in such a short space of time and we have listened to their views.  
"Both shows are very important to us and we want to get the timing right so that they are the best possible events for both exhibitors and visitors." 
More than 130 exhibitors packed the SECC in Glasgow for two days at the end of March for Independent Living Scotland 2007, which was officially opened by legendary Radio Clyde DJ, Tiger Tim Stephens. 
He was diagnosed as having multiple sclerosis in the 1980s, but has not let his problems stop his career in the radio industry - and is now one of Scotland's best known and well-loved DJs.  
Tiger Tim said he was excited about the opportunity to open the exhibition. 
He said: "The chance to get involved in this event was too good to turn down - it is fantastic to know that there is a huge amount of work going on to improve the lives of disabled people around Scotland, and this is a cause close to my heart.  
"I know how important my independence is, so it was a great honour to be asked to support an event which is designed to help Scottish people with a disability to become more self-reliant. I'm sure it will be a real success."  
Independent Living Scotland will take place on September 9 and 10 in 2009.  

Regional care group backs major recruitment campaign
A REGIONAL care group has backed a major recruitment drive to encourage more people to join the industry. 
Independent Care Group (York and North Yorkshire) is supporting a national push to get more people to take up a career in social care. 
Chairman Mike Padgham said: "Social care is a fantastic profession to be in and the demand for carers, both now and in the future, is getting greater. 
"Carers provide a vital, valuable service and there can be few jobs that are so much valued by those who are so grateful for that care." 
The group is urging anyone, of any age who is interested in becoming a carer to get in touch. 
"Age is no barrier to becoming a carer," Mr Padgham added. "We take young people and those who are older and can maybe bring experience with them. Anyone who can spare a few hours is welcome and the benefits they can provide can be enormous." 
The industry is always short of staff and with predictions that more and more people will be needing care in the future, demand for carers is set to soar. 
"People who join the industry do a very worthwhile job straight away and with the excellent training opportunities that are on offer their contribution becomes ever more appreciated," Mr Padgham added. 
"Often becoming a carer can be the first step on a career ladder that can take people on to different caring professions ñ like nursing for example." 
The group is supporting a national initiative by the Department of Health. It is running a major national campaign aimed at encouraging people to find out more about a career in social care. Advertising is being placed on television, radio and in the press. It is targeting both people who are considering a career in care for the first time and those who might be looking to return to social care as a profession. 
The national campaign focuses on the relationship between social carers and the people they are caring for and uses real-life scenarios to highlight it.
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