SB Connect Winter 2016

New logo hands it to Local Citizens Panels

The Local Citizens Panels (LCP), which represent the interests of people with a learning disability and their family carers, have unveiled a new logo to promote their activities Borders-wide.

The logo, shaped like an upheld hand, with the fingers and thumb each representing one of the LCP’s five branches, was designed by former Borders College student Alex Watson while studying for an HND in Visual Communications earlier this year.

The students were asked to submit a design for the logo and hers was selected as the winner by panel members.

Gavin Curran, Chair of the Galashiels and Selkirk LCP, said: “It’s great that we now have our own logo. This will help us get the message across about all the good work the panels are doing on behalf of people with a learning disability.

“We would like to thank Alex for her winning design and her fellow students for coming up with some great ideas.”

Alex said: “I thought a design using an instantly recognisable object like a hand would be easier to relate to than a design based around the initials LCP, particularly for those who find reading and letters a struggle.

“The fingers and thumb represent the five local panels, united by the map of the Scottish Borders in the palm. It was a great thrill to have my design chosen, and the thought of my work appearing on items ranging from letterheads to football strips is amazing.”

The panels were set up in 2014 to give people with a learning disability and their family carers a real voice in the planning and delivery of learning disability services in the Scottish Borders.

There are currently five panels covering Berwickshire, Kelso and Coldstream, Hawick and Jedburgh, Galashiels and Selkirk and Tweeddale, with a membership of 66.

For more information, contact the Scottish Borders Learning Disability Service on 01896 840200 or visit www.scotborders.gov.uk/learningdisability