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An exercise in listening

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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Shared Lives for older people in rural areas

Where is home and what does it mean to you? It can be a physical building but for many of us it is a feeling, a place, a smell or a view. The people who know you, being a ‘regular’, stopping for a chat, a beaten track and reassuring landmarks. When you’ve lived somewhere all …

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Near Me in rural social work

Interested in using Near Me in a rural social work setting? A call is open to participate in a new project exploring where Near Me video consulting software can be most effectively and usefully applied in social services. In partnership with the Scottish Government Near Me team (Technology Enabled Care Programme), Iriss is leading this …

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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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