We Are Equal!

The Scottish Government released money to help tackle the health inequalities faced by the learning disability community. With this money, NHS Shetland and Shetland Islands Council have been working together to help people with learning disabilities get healthier. To do this, we have been working with volunteers from the learning disability community on a project called “We Are Equal!”


As part of the We Are Equal! Project we have been training people in how to communicate better with people who have difficulty in understanding things or saying what they mean.

Our volunteers created a poster presentation for the training.


We have worked together with NB Communication to create a new website. We want the website to be easy for everyone to understand and to let people in Shetland know how they can stay healthy.


Communication Aids

We have also created toolkits using pictures and symbols to help people everyone communicate better with each other. Find out more about toolkits here.

Anyone can ask for a communication toolkit: professionals, teams, or people with communication difficulties. We will make them to suit you.




Have trouble saying what you mean? Look for the Communication Toolkit Poster for support in local health and community services.

You can ask for communication support with a toolkit in these places:

Audiology Department (Gilbert Bain Hospital)

Shetland Befriending Scheme

Physiotherapy (Gilbert Bain Hospital)

Supported Living and Outreach