This group has membership from provider organisations who deliver services to people with learning difficulties. The Local Authority and on occasion the NHS attend the meetings for part of the time to share information and discuss issues of mutual interest.

The Forum discusses a broad range of issues relevant to the delivery of high quality person centred services for people with a learning difficulty and to supporting people to lead the best possible lives. Those involved in planning, managing or delivering services to people with learning difficulties in the area are welcome to attend.

The Group meetings are used to:

  • Work together to share good practice and live issues
  • Provide an opportunity for working in partnership with health and social care colleagues
  • Contribute to the strategic development planning process
  • Improve the quality of health and social care services for people receiving support
  • Develop and sustain high quality personalised services that promote well being, independence, resilience, involvement and inclusion
  • Improve skills and knowledge in the work place


The Forum is co-chaired by two members of the group. Co-chairs are elected every 3 years at the Annual Review meeting.  The current Co Chairs of the Forums are Andrew Will – Cornerstone and Craig McGregor.


Catherine Dempsey – ARC Scotland

The Forum is facilitated by ARC Scotland team member Catherine Dempsey. Catherine keeps members connected and meetings and inputs for the forum.




Meeting Dates

Borders Provider Forum are currently on Zoom, every 2 months.  Details are circulated in advance

If you are interested in attending these online meetings please get in touch with Catherine.


Information from Meetings

Terms of Reference

This is the Terms of Reference for the Borders Provider Forum – Borders PF ToR Mar 2020

The importance of grounding all that we do in the context of Human Rights, and putting rights into action, is also reflected and reinforced in the Guidelines For Person Centred Support Planning

Here is an accessible version of these Guidelines – Accessible Guidelines

In 2015 ARC Scotland consulted with the Provider Forums it supports to gather members views about the benefits of collaborative working.




Government Policy

The Provider Forum keeps up to date with local and national information and activity around key Government policies:

The Provider Forum keeps up to date with local and national information and activity around key Government policies:

The Keys to Life

Self Directed Support

Health and Social Care Integration

The Social Care (Self-directed Support) (Scotland) Act 2013 places a duty on local authority social work departments to offer people who are eligible for social care a range of choices over how they receive their support. More information at:

Easy read leaflets about SDS from Scottish Borders Council:


The way we plan and deliver health and social care services in Scotland is changing. Legislation requiring integration of health and social care came into effect in April 2016 and new Integration Authorities now have responsibility for over £8 billion of funding for local services which was previously managed separately by NHS Boards and Local Authorities. More information at Scottish Government – Health and Social Care Integration


Provider Forums

Local networks for organisations that provide social care for people with disabilities or other support needs in eight Scottish local authority areas:

Read more about Provider Forums