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A growing community spirit

4 days 1 hour 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

2 weeks 4 days 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 weeks 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 weeks 6 days 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…

1 month 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

1 month 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.

What’s changed?

1 month 1 week ago

Well, life changed fast didn’t it. Four weeks ago, I was sitting with my Adult Social Work team in the office we share with Children and Families, All Age Learning Disabilities and Criminal Justice Social Work teams. Today I’m sitting on my own in our local leisure centre with a view of the swimming pool. …

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Gillian Ritch

What if my personal assistants need to self-isolate?

1 month 2 weeks ago

Dr. Ossie Stuart is an academic researcher and an independent equalities consultant, who has written key works on race, disability and social care. He is a wheelchair user and firmly believes that we are all entitled to fully participate in society and have control over our own destinies. These two ideas have heavily influenced everything he has done, and will do, in his working life.

Ossie receives a direct payment and uses it to employ personal assistants. Michelle from Iriss had a conversation with him about how he’s managing in the current crisis.

He offers some helpful advice and has also created a blog, titled Social care: a user's voice to share his views.

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

Articulate: adapting to the Coronavirus pandemic

1 month 3 weeks ago

On 27 March 2020 Iriss spoke to Eona Craig, Chief Executive of Articulate Cultural Trust about its work to support care experienced young people, and how the organisation has managed to continue to deliver services in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Articulate works with often socially isolated care experienced young people in Scotland, challenging loneliness, supporting connectivity and promoting physical and mental well-being.

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

Language in social work

2 months 2 weeks ago

Is use of language something you carefully consider as a social worker?

And is language important to social work practice?

Sara Hitchin, Senior Lecturer in Social Work at the University of Stirling certainly thinks so and has written an article about it for the Scottish Organisation for Practice Teaching or Scopt.

Michelle from Iriss went along to University of Stirling to have a conversation with her about the importance of language and its relationship to social work values.

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

Adult social care recruitment campaign

2 months 3 weeks ago

'There’s More to Care than Caring' is a Scottish Government-led adult social care recruitment campaign which was launched in January 2020. It aims to encourage people to take up a career in care.

Michelle from Iriss had a conversation with Lorraine Gray, Chief Executive of SSSC, about the purpose of the campaign, the importance of adult social care work and how people can get involved in promoting the campaign.

Campaign website: https://caretocare.scot/

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

Indepen-dance

3 months ago

Indepen-dance creates opportunities for disabled and non-disabled people to enjoy, express and fulfil their potential through dance.

Michael McEwan interviews one of the founding members, Karen Anderson, as well as Adam, a dancer involved in the project.

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

KOR Records

3 months 2 weeks ago

KOR Records is an independent record label that creates music projects for young people with additional support needs and releases their output.

Michael McEwan interviews Geraldine Heaney about the work of the record company. 

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