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Times they are a-changin’… again

10 hours 32 minutes ago

Well, times they are a-changin’…. again. The people we serve from the COVID support Hub have been advised that they no longer need to shield from the end of July. This will be a long-awaited escape for some, others see it as a frightening exposure to increased risk.  This dichotomy is reflected throughout Orkney. Many …

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Gillian Ritch

The impact of Covid-19 on disability sports

1 week 3 days ago

The 2020 Paralympic Games were due to be held in Tokyo this year over August and September, but have been rescheduled for 2021.  

How has this affected the organisations and athletes involved? Michael McEwan gets perspectives from Gavin Macleod, Chief Executive of Scottish Disability Sport; and Stephen McGuire, an athlete for Boccia UK who was due to participate in this year's games. 

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

Some food for thought

2 weeks ago

It’s been 129 days since the lockdown began. This has been an unsettling and worrying time but also a time for reflexion and hope. It has been an opportunity for communities and neighbourhoods to show that they care and support one another. For us social workers this has been a challenging time in developing and …

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Monica Nicolin

Gypsy, Roma and Traveller history: Davie Donaldson

3 weeks 3 days ago

June was Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History Month which aims aims to celebrate the diverse ways these communities have contributed to life in the UK, as well as amplify their voices in the telling of history and dispel some of the myths to tackle the ongoing prejudice these communities still face.

Kerry Musselbrook from Iriss had a conversation with Davie Donaldson, a Scottish Traveller and graduate of Aberdeen University who has an interest in culture and community relations and is the founder of Progress in Dialogue, a social enterprise.

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

Rural Social Work in Cumbria – new study

1 month 1 week ago

This study aimed to reveal the challenges and associated innovative practice by social workers in rural and isolated communities, families and individuals in Cumbria. Through focus groups and interviews with practising social workers within Cumbria, the study found that social workers experienced both challenges and opportunities created by their work in rural areas. These are …

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Kerry Musselbrook

Bill Scott: The impact of Covid-19 on disabled people

1 month 2 weeks ago

Bill Scott is Director of Policy at Inclusion Scotland, an organisation that works to achieve positive changes to policy and practice, so that disabled people are fully included throughout all Scottish society as equal citizens.

Michael McEwan, spoke to Bill about the results of their Covid-19 evidence survey, which reveals the impact of Covid-19 on disabled people. Please note that this was recorded on 20 April 2020.

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

Celebrating Rural Social Work – online opportunities and futures

1 month 2 weeks ago

As lockdown enters its fourth month I have been reflecting on the Celebrating Rural Social Work conference (11.3.2020) and wondering, might this be a time of opportunity for rural social workers? As rural social workers we have much in common and this includes our remoteness from one another. At the outset of planning the conference …

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John Sturgeon

Leadership in a crisis

1 month 3 weeks ago
Sue Stockdale works with leaders and organisations to help them achieve exceptional performance.   She has an in-depth understanding of motivation and leadership, gleaned from her decades of experience in business, adventure and sport. She offers inspirational presentations, leadership development programmes and coaching.   Sue very kindly gave us her time to talk about leadership during the Covid-19 crisis.    Transcript of episode   Music Credit: Make your dream a reality by Scott Holmes.    

Looking after ourselves and the community during lockdown

2 months ago

I have been on annual leave for the past week. I must say that although I had booked this holiday at the beginning of the year (a 3 week holiday) I struggled making a decision as to whether I should take the time off. I ended up taking just 6 days.  My line manager has …

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Monica Nicolin

Celia Sweeney: A carer's story

2 months ago
Celia Sweeney cares for her son Paul who has one of the rarest brain diseases in the world.   To mark Carer's Week, she very kindly gave us her time to tell us about her situation during the Covid-19 pandemic - the challenges of caring, as well as the opportunities and what she believes needs to happen post-Covid.    Please note that this episode describes some events which listeners may find distressing.   Transcript of episode   Music Credit: Make your dream a reality by Scott Holmes.

Experiences of unpaid carers during Covid-19

2 months ago

Michael McEwan speaks to three carers: Alex Davis, a full-time carer for her son; Frank McGowan who cares for his older brother; and Liz Carson, who cares for her son. 

Each person tells us about their experiences of caring in lockdown. 

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

 

Personal stories of coping in lockdown

2 months 1 week ago

How are those with disabilities coping in lockdown? 

Michael McEwan speaks to Chris Baird, a national campaigner; Danielle Farrel, founder of Your Options Understood; Wesley Grierson, a campaigner; and Lindsay Kinloch. They give their views on information and support in place, how they are coping and some of the challenges of the pandemic.

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

A growing community spirit

2 months 2 weeks ago

Well, it looks like things may be improving, fingers crossed, touch wood and all that. We have heard about the lower ‘R’ number, being over the worst of the infection and curves flattening (unfortunately, not my curves). As I look out the window of the leisure centre, the one with the pool view, I see …

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Gillian Ritch

An update from Orkney

3 months ago

I’m still here in the COVID Community Support Hub with my pool view, although it’s not the pool I was expecting, I was to have been in Bucharest by now. However, it could be worse and for many people it certainly is. At the time of writing more people in Scotland are dying in care …

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Gillian Ritch

Supporting people with disabilities during the Covid-19 crisis

3 months ago

Organisations that support people with disabilities and long-term conditions will have their own set of particular challenges during the Covid-19 crisis. 

Michael McEwan speaks to three organisations – Scottish Personal Employers Network (SPAEN), Partners for Inclusion Group and Unity – about the services they provide, the challenges of the current situation and how they're supporting people. 

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

Rashielee Care Home: Covid-19 response

3 months 1 week ago

On 22 April 2020, Michelle from Iriss spoke to Jennifer Carruthers, Deputy manager at Rashielee Care Home in Erskine.

Jennifer tells us how both staff and residents are managing in the current circumstances and how they’ve had to change and adapt services to cope in the crisis.

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

We live in strange times…

3 months 1 week ago

I remember, just before the lockdown, attending the Rural Social Work Conference in Dumfries in March. There were questions and anxieties as to whether or not the event was going to go ahead. Fortunately, it went ahead. I say fortunately, because this was the first Rural Social Work Conference organised in Scotland. Taking part in …

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Monica Nicolin

Improving justice in child contact

3 months 2 weeks ago

Improving justice in child contact is a project exploring child contact decisions in families affected by domestic abuse. It is funded by the European Union’s Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme (2014-2020). Child contact is understood to be the systems and court processes which decide whether and how a child sees a parent that they are not living with.

It is a partnership project across Bulgaria, Cyprus, Portugal, Romania and Scotland.

Professor Kay Tisdall from the Childhood and Youth Studies Research Group at the University of Edinburgh, and Dr Marsha Scott, CEO of Women’s Aid kindly gave me their time to talk about the project.

Note: This episode was recorded before the implementation of social distancing requirements due to COVID-19. However, we are aware that those requirements create particular concerns around child contact and domestic abuse and that this content is therefore relevant to COVID-19 responses. Read: Supporting women and children affected by domestic abuse throughout COVID-19.

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