Scott Watkin BEM

Head of Engagement
Scott wearing a suit standing in a garden

What people like and admire about me

I treat people with respect. I am open and honest and kind. I have a caring nature and like to joke. 
I break down barriers and challenge society on what needs to change for people. 

What’s important to me?

I like people to be open and honest with me. Trust is a major thing for me, and I like to trust people.  I like to get the job done. Like to have fun. I love being sociable. 

Things I find challenging

Hearing the horrific stories that happen to people in social care. Getting my point across and to make sure that I am heard. Having a balance of power share.

How best to support me?

Talk to me openly. Support me to understand where I am going wrong. Support me to achieve my role and to be able to challenge society on what needs to change.

Respect my views. They may not always be what you want to hear.

Why are you passionate about campaigning and making a difference?

People with learning disabilities, autism and sight loss are left at the bottom of the pile. We see too many abuse scandals within hospitals and social care which needs to change. We keep saying that we are a society where everyone is included, but we still feel we are 3rd class citizens, and this has to change. 

What is something that you think needs changing to improve the lives of people with learning disabilities, autism and sight loss?

Support teams need better pay. Retention of support workers and for people to have their say on how they want to be supported.  

What are your biggest strengths?

I lead the Listen Up Programme and have a team of Associates who also have a voice and are very much having their voice heard. Not only within SeeAbility, but externally too.