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Mecoco: Meaningful Contribution in your Community

1 week 3 days ago

Mecoco (Meaningful Contribution in your Community) is a social enterprise based in North Ayrshire that supports people into employment.

The founder, Jenny Trott, believes that regardless of their level of ability, people can make a meaningful contribution and have the right to experience the workplace in their own community should they wish to. 

​Mecoco specialises in making candles and soaps and adapts equipment, processes and even products to make the job as accessible as possible.

Michael McEwan speaks to Jenny about the origins and work of the social enterprise.

Music Credit: Make your dream a reality by Scott Holmes.

 

Rural social work: dual relationships

1 month ago

Monica Nicolin and Gillian Ritch, social workers based in Stornoway and Orkney respectively, speak about dual relationships in rural social work.

These presentations were given at a webinar held in January 2020, to provide an opportunity to discuss the unique potential of rural social work, the opportunities it brings, and just why it is worthy of celebration.

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Music Credit: Make your dream a reality by Scott Holmes.

Alzheimer Scotland: the place of Near Me in our service

1 month ago

Near Me in Social Services is a project Iriss has been leading in partnership with the NHS Near Me team and the Scottish Government Technology Enabled Care (TEC) Programme over Autumn/Winter 2020/21. The project is producing new evidence around the priorities, enablers and challenges of using video consulting in social services.

Iriss has supported five services to participate in a rapid Quality Improvement cycle to start using Near Me; provided light touch improvement support to organisations that are setting up Near Me independently within their work, and has developed a Learning Network.

The Learning Network aims to build on and continue the support to these organisations using Near Me, while increasing the scope of support to others. Each Learning Network meeting includes speakers on related topics.

In this episode, Gillian Fyfe, Head of Digital at Alzheimer Scotland, speaks about their experiences of using Near Me to provide support to those living with dementia, family members and professionals.

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Music Credit: Make your dream a reality by Scott Holmes.

Event: A Year from lockdown: shared learning from the impact of COVID-19 visiting restrictions

1 month 1 week ago
An event to share learning from the impact of Phase 1 visiting restrictions on the relatives of older care home residents, and continue the conversation with a focus on shared learning.  The event will have short inputs from the CSO research team on the impact of Phase 1 lockdown on family carers, and creative practices. …

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How care home staff and family carers responded to visiting restrictions

1 month 1 week ago

A study to gauge how lockdown restrictions have affected the families of care home residents, have been published. The research, titled Creative Covid Care, highlights the relationship-based and creative practices used to support communication and connection while visiting restrictions have been in place.

This rapid research project, funded by the Chief Scientists Office at Scottish Government, has been led by the University of Edinburgh with partners from University of Strathclyde, The University of the West of Scotland and Iriss.

Jo Hockley, Research Fellow at the University of Edinburgh tells us about how care home staff and family carers responded throughout the first phase of lockdown.

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Music Credit: Make your dream a reality by Scott Holmes.

CrossReach: using Attend Anywhere to provide counselling support

1 month 2 weeks ago

Near Me in Social Services is a project Iriss has been leading in partnership with the NHS Near Me team and the Scottish Government Technology Enabled Care (TEC) Programme over Autumn/Winter 2020/21. The project is producing new evidence around the priorities, enablers and challenges of using video consulting in social services.

Iriss has supported five services to participate in a rapid Quality Improvement cycle to start using Near Me; provided light touch improvement support to organisations that are setting up Near Me independently within their work, and has developed a Learning Network.

The Learning Network aims to build on and continue the support to these organisations using Near Me, while increasing the scope of support to others. Each Learning Network meeting includes speakers on related topics.

In this episode, Tanya Anderson, GIRFEC Development Officer at CrossReach, tells the story of the organisation’s journey of using Attend Anywhere or Near Me as it’s also known, to reach out to clients in remote areas of Scotland who could not access face-to-face support via their counselling and therapy services.

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Music Credit: Make your dream a reality by Scott Holmes.

The role of sport in communities in Scotland

1 month 2 weeks ago

With a wide network of partners and academic researchers from across Scotland and Europe, the Observatory for Sport in Scotland supports those delivering community sport and activity with independent research, knowledge sharing, and policy and practice guidance, as well as international benchmarking that brings confidence to widening sport participation to all ages and abilities.

Michael McEwan speaks to David Ferguson, Executive Director of the Observatory about the work it does to support participation in sport across Scotland.

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Music Credit: Make your dream a reality by Scott Holmes.

Near Me in social services: digital inclusion

1 month 3 weeks ago

Near Me in Social Services is a project Iriss has been leading in partnership with the NHS Near Me team and the Scottish Government Technology Enabled Care (TEC) Programme over Autumn/Winter 2020/21. The project is producing new evidence around the priorities, enablers and challenges of using video consulting in social services.

Iriss has supported five services to participate in a rapid Quality Improvement cycle to start using Near Me; provided light touch improvement support to organisations that are setting up Near Me independently within their work, and has developed a Learning Network.

The Learning Network aims to build on and continue the support to these organisations using Near Me, while increasing the scope of support to others. Each Learning Network meeting includes speakers on related topics.

In this episode, Aaron Slater, Digital Participation Manager at SCVO, gives an overview of digital exclusion in Scotland. Highlighting the progress that we still need to make to ensure that everyone in Scotland has the opportunity to be digitally included, Aaron gives an overview of some of the steps organisations can take to embed digital inclusion in core service delivery.

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Music Credit: Make your dream a reality by Scott Holmes.

My Support My Choice

1 month 3 weeks ago

My Support My Choice is a research project led jointly by the Health and Social Care ALLIANCE and Self Directed Support Scotland and funded by Scottish Government, with the aim of understanding people’s experiences of Self-directed Support (SDS) in Scotland.

Between November 2018 and February 2020, over 600 people who received self-directed support (SDS) or had been assessed in the previous 12 months – took part in this research. The full report, as well thematic reports have now been published.

We spoke to Lucy Mulvagh, Director of Policy and Communications at the ALLIANCE and Donald McLeod, Chief Executive of Self-directed Support Scotland to get an overview of the scope, findings and recommendations of the research.

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Music Credit: Make your dream a reality by Scott Holmes.

Moral distress in residential child care

2 months ago

Dan Johnson, Clinical Director at Kibble interviews Neil McMillan, an Executive Director at Kibble on the topic of moral distress in residential child care.

The conversation defines the concept, provides examples of it, and suggestions for how to support workers who experience moral distress. More broadly it explores the impact of the system on the practice of residential child care.

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Music Credit: Make your dream a reality by Scott Holmes.

Near Me in social services: tools and techniques for remote communication

2 months 2 weeks ago

Near Me in Social Services is a project Iriss has been leading in partnership with the NHS Near Me team and the Scottish Government Technology Enabled Care (TEC) Programme over Autumn/Winter 2020/21. The project is producing new evidence around the priorities, enablers and challenges of using video consulting in social services.

Iriss has supported five services to participate in a rapid Quality Improvement cycle to start using Near Me; provided light touch improvement support to organisations that are setting up Near Me independently within their work, and has developed a Learning Network.

The Learning Network aims to build on and continue the support to these organisations using Near Me, while increasing the scope of support to others. Each Learning Network meeting includes speakers on related topics.

In this episode, Janet Crozier, Knowledge Manager from the Knowledge Hub shares, how having a range of tools and techniques such as teach back, chunk and check, and pictures can improve peoples Near Me experiences of social services.

Resources

Knowledge Hub 
NHS Education for Scotland 'The Knowledge Network' 
The Health Literacy Place 

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Music Credit: Make your dream a reality by Scott Holmes.

Near Me in social services: an introduction

2 months 2 weeks ago

Near Me in Social Services is a project Iriss has been leading in partnership with the NHS Near Me team and the Scottish Government Technology Enabled Care (TEC) Programme over Autumn/Winter 2020/21. The project is producing new evidence around the priorities, enablers and challenges of using video consulting in social services.

Iriss has supported five services to participate in a rapid Quality Improvement (QI) cycle to start using Near Me; provided light touch improvement support to organisations that are setting up Near Me independently within their work, and has developed a Learning Network.

Louise Bowen, Project Lead at Iriss, provides an introduction to the project, including the aims and outcomes and what it has achieved to date.

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Music Credit: Make your dream a reality by Scott Holmes.

Sight Scotland Veterans

2 months 3 weeks ago

Sight Scotland Veterans has been around since 1915, and offers support across Scotland to veterans of the Armed Forces who need support to adapt to sight loss.

Michael McEwan speaks to Alison Cairns, Practice Lead fo the outreach team, about the work of the organisation.

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Music Credit: Make your dream a reality by Scott Holmes.

Rural social work: what is it and why is it unique?

2 months 4 weeks ago

Colin Turbett, author of the Iriss Insight, Rural social work in Scotland; and Jane Pye, Senior Teaching Associate of Social Work at the University of Lancaster, outline what rural social work is and what makes it unique.

These presentations were given at a webinar held in December 2020, to provide an opportunity to discuss the unique potential of rural social work, the opportunities it brings, and just why it is worthy of celebration.

It takes into account issues arising from the pandemic, and provides an opportunity to revisit the presentations to the Celebrating Rural Social Work conference in March 2020.

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Kinections: what community means for those in care homes

3 months ago

Kinections was a three-year collaborative research project, working with care homes across East Ayrshire to explore what community means for people who live, work and visit care homes, with a particular focus on the experiences of people living with dementia.

We had a conversation with Edel Roddy, the project lead at UWS and Dr Anna Jack-Waugh from the Alzheimer Scotland Centre for Policy and Practice.

The project was a My Home Life Scotland initiative, led by a team of researchers at the University of the West of Scotland, and was funded by the Life Changes Trust.

Kinections resources.

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Music Credit: Make your dream a reality by Scott Holmes.