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Kinections: what community means for those in care homes

4 days 5 hours 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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How 'essential visitor' status can support families

3 weeks 4 days ago

The first findings of 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.

An early findings session was held in October, led by the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships. In this episode we hear from representatives of Care Home Relatives Scotland and Alzheimer Scotland, who share how being provided with 'essential visitor' status can help some families, and what else can be done to provide support.

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Impact of lockdown on care home relatives

4 weeks 1 day ago

Presents the first findings of a study to gauge how lockdown restrictions have affected the families of care home residents.

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.

At an early findings session in October, which was led by the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships, Lynn Jamieson, Professor of Sociology, Families and Relationships at the University of Edinburgh; and Sarah Swift, a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of the West of Scotland, provided an overview of the initial findings.

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Care experience and mental health

1 month 3 weeks ago

Thomas Bartlett and Casey Armstrong, two care experienced young people, talk openly about the subject of mental health as part of a project titled the ‘Mental health and care experienced children and young people: a partnership for change’.

The project seeks to improve understanding and practice in relation to care experienced young people’s mental health. A training workshop has been developed, aimed at students and professionals in residential child care, social care and social work which was piloted at the European Social Research Council’s Festival of Social Sciences in conjunction with the British Association of Social Work.

The episode forms part of the project and is co-produced with TRIUMPH (Transdisciplinary Research for the Improvement of Youth Mental Public Health) at the University of Glasgow; the Champion’s Board; Who Cares? Scotland; the University of Edinburgh; and Iriss. 

Health warning: This episode describes scenes of traumatic events that listeners may find disturbing.

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An exercise in listening

1 month 3 weeks ago
Carolyn M Holmes shares her experience of embracing ‘coproduction’; and being ‘all ears’.  I don’t remember the word ‘coproduction’ being mentioned over 30 years ago, when I trained to be a social worker. However I learned to knock on doors, to listen, to value personal stories, relationships, the unique individualism of us all, the role …

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Neatebox

2 months ago

Neatebox provides smart solutions based on the challenges disabled people face every day.

An example is an award-winning free app which allows people to use their mobile phone to push buttons at doors and pedestrian crossings safely and with more confidence.

Michael McEwan speaks to Gavin Neate, the founder of the company about the products they provide. 

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Challenge Poverty Week 2020

2 months 2 weeks ago

Challenge Poverty Week was held between 5- 11 October this year. The week aims to raise a unified voice against poverty and calls for a more just and equal Scotland. 

We spoke to Suzi Murning, Campaigns Officer at The Poverty Alliance to find out about the history of Challenge Poverty Week, its purpose and the activities and impact of the campaign for this year.

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Your Options Understood: Danielle Farrel

2 months 3 weeks ago

Your Options Understood (Y.O.U) is an organisation that offers independent advice to those living with a disability, as well as parents and carers. It was set-up by Dr Danielle Farrel to share her own experiences of life with a disability and to show that having a disability does not necessarily mean that individuals cannot live an independent life. 

Michael McEwan has a conversation with Danielle to find out more about the organisation.

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MSc in Disaster Interventions and Humanitarian Aid: Lena Dominelli

3 months 1 week ago

Lena Dominelli is Professor of Social Work at the University of Stirling and Chair of the IASSW Committee.

Kerry Musselbrook from Iriss had a conversation with her about the new MSc in Disaster Interventions and Humanitarian Aid at University of Stirling, why this matters and what it means for social work. Lena also shares her hopes for the future of the social work profession.

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