Josie Vallely

Josie is a Development Lead at Iriss.


Josie, one of our Development Leads, reflects on her Iriss journey

Today is a big day for me, my last day working at Iriss. I wanted to spend some time reflecting on my journey with the organisation. I joined Iriss in 2016, when I had just graduated from my master's in Visual Communication, and I was full of naive enthusiasm for making change through design. I joined the team to support the delivery of a large-scale co-production project called Pilotlight

Advocating for cultural safety: join us on the journey

A Collaborative Effort for Cultural Safety: Your Role in Transforming Practice

For the past six months, we've had the privilege of partnering with Passion4Fusion (P4F). We've been working on a toolkit to help the social care workforce support African Diaspora families. Our focus has been on the African Diaspora community in Edinburgh and the Lothians - an area that P4F knows inside and out. They are familiar with the challenges faced by these families…

Words of wisdom

Professional Development in Analytical Writing: Co-designing A Relationship-Based Test of Change.

In collaboration with Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire Council, we have embarked on a journey to explore how we learn about professional writing. Professional writing in social care is an art, and it requires continuous professional development. It's characterised by its complexity, catering to a multitude of audiences and purposes…

Child Centred Case Recording

Changing practice, systems and culture in Falkirk

For the last year we have been working with a group of passionate practitioners taking a fresh approach to making change. The Child Centred Case Recording (CCCR) group formed in 2022. They got together to support Falkirk’s children and families social work staff to write all case notes to their young people by 2027. It's our one-year anniversary of meeting as a group.

Acknowledging anxiety

Getting started with Passion4Fusion

Here at Iriss we have been thinking about Mental Health Awareness Week, which ran from the 15th to the 21st of May. It got me contemplating the complexity of navigating emotions, health, systems, work, life, and everything in between…

Working together apart

A course for partnership or group projects where participants can’t physically be together

A course for partnership or group projects where participants can’t physically be together.

Navigating evidence

A tool to support evidence use in practice

A tool that aims to equip newly qualified social workers with the skills and confidence to use evidence in practice.

Stories of everyday leadership

Four stories from the emerging workforce

Four stories that beautifully illustrate what everyday leadership looks like from the frontline - and the difference it can make to the lives of people that are supported.