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Celebrating Rural Social Work – conference report now available

On 11 March 2020, over 100 social workers came together in Dumfries to celebrate rural social work, share good practice and understand how it is different, distinct and what it needs to flourish. And as far as we are aware, it was also the very first gathering of this kind – with rural social work …

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Times they are a-changin’… again

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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Some food for thought

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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Rural Social Work in Cumbria – new study

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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Celebrating Rural Social Work – online opportunities and futures

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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Looking after ourselves and the community during lockdown

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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