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Creative Care & Support: Pitlochry Planning projects and businesses
At the last of the workshops prior to the launch of the Creative care and support fund we worked in pairs to shape the ideas for projects and enterprises, and to focus these in such a way that application to the Creative care and support fund will be a...
22 Apr 2014
Just do it! Social media in the workplace Save and manage your information on ‘Pearltrees’
(Post by Michelle Drumm, Media Manager at IRISS) Pearltrees is a creative and visual way to save and manage your favourite websites or ‘pearls’ as they are known. ‘Pearls’ – websites, files, photos and notes – can be saved and …...
15 Apr 2014
Innovate Reviving the art of practical wisdom
    I read ‘the tyranny of recipes’, an article in Prospect magazine the other day that really resonated with me. In the article, the author explains how our increased reliance on recipes has impaired the intrinsic development of judgment – he...
08 Apr 2014
Social Services Knowledge Scotland The Calderdale Protocols: Guides to Support Worker Activities
What are the Calderdale Protocols?  Each protocol describes how to carry out health and care tasks and activities effectively and safely. There are over 500 protocols, covering a range of topics including using walking aids, assessing mobility, kitchen...
07 Mar 2014
Creative Care & Support: Pitlochry Firming up ideas
At the workshop sessions on Tuesday 25th February 2014 we spent time organising all the ideas generated so far into clusters, in order to identify the main themes and the priorities of the people of Pitlochry, as well as to make connections between...
04 Mar 2014
Creative Quarter Ok, I believe you…
Over the past few weeks In Full Voice (previously the Social Services Choir) has gone from strength to strength. As the group becomes more comfortable, not only has the singing improved, but there has also been dancing, laughing, cake and lots of fun!...
04 Mar 2014
Discovering Desistance Desistance, suffering and serving
Recently, I was invited to speak about desistance and criminal justice to an audience of academics, practitioners and policymakers in Barcelona (not a difficult offer to accept!). After the event, I was interviewed by a Catalan journalist. In the final...
02 Mar 2014
Just do it! Social media in the workplace Research Unbound: the future of research dissemination.
In mid 2012 the Finch Report heralded the ‘’the most radical shakeup of academic publishing since the invention of the internet‘. By 2014 all publicly funded research was to be freely available to the public. To achieve this, Finch recommended...
27 Feb 2014
Innovate Incubating ideas
An underpinning principle of the Innovation and Improvement’s strategy is the emphasis on creating spaces for innovation to happen.  We believe that we have a role in supporting the incubation of ideas, and are trying to understand what that role might...
24 Feb 2014
Discovering Desistance Desistance in Scotland (and England and France…)
Readers of this blog might be interested to take a look at the special issue of the new journal Scottish Justice Matters (on desistance). You can access it here: SJM_1-2_December2013_Complete It contains a fascinating range of articles (and one from the...
21 Feb 2014