How to communicate with impact

Host presenting workshop
30 May 2017
Brunswick House, 51 Wilson Street, Glasgow G1 1UZ

Whatever your form of communication in social services - reports, project proposals, online content, strategy documents, presentations - this two-hour, 'Iriss how' workshop will give you simple techniques to help you get your message across.

It will be fast-paced and participatory, with lots of fun, creative exercises.

What it will cover:

Keeping it real: service user and carer involvement in professional education

26 Apr 2017
Stirling Court Hotel, University of Stirling, Stirling FK9 4LA

A national conference to share and promote best practice in service user and carer involvement in professional education. The conference will bring together service users and carers, students, educators, professionals and policy-makers.

It will be relevant to social work, health, education and other areas of professional education, at qualifying and post-qualifying levels. The conference sets out to:

Gypsy Travellers, human rights and social work's role launch event

Gypsy traveller painting
24 Mar 2017
Glasgow Caledonian University, Hamish Wood Building, Cowcaddens, Glasgow G4 0BA

“Social work is a practice-based profession and an academic discipline that promotes social change and development, social cohesion, and the empowerment and liberation of people.” It incorporates principles of social justice, human rights, collective responsibility and respect for diversity." (International definition of social work)

Eligibility criteria and critical need

15 Mar 2017
Grand Central Hotel, 99 Gordon Street, Glasgow G1 3SF

This free workshop will explore the topics of eligibility criteria and critical need. It is a follow up to our first Iriss SEEDS workshop held in November.

The workshop will be interactive and provide reflection time and a safe space to explore key challenges from your contexts. It will also surface what we know about strengths, successes, existing good practice and build on 'what works'.

Robert White, Head of Social Work from Independent Living Fund Scotland, will co-facilitate the day. 

Forum: Debates for student and newly qualified social workers

7 Dec 2016
Scottish Youth Theatre, Brunswick Street, Glasgow G1 1UZ

Being a social worker is both a rewarding and challenging job. How do you stay safe, motivated, resilient, informed and heard?

We invite student and newly qualified social workers to the Forum to debate what matters to YOU and to identify what we can do together. It will offer discussion, peer support and sustenance! (Pizza and coffee will be available from 6.30pm).

This free event will provide attendees with the opportunity to share their experiences in a safe and honest space independent of local authority and university. It will support:

A watershed for social work in Scotland?

30 Nov 2016
The Lighthouse, 11 Mitchell Lane, Glasgow G1 3NU

Audit Scotland recently concluded that social work in Scotland is at a ‘watershed’, with fundamental decisions needing to be taken on how services are provided in the future. They stressed that the public and people who access the range of social work services provided across Scotland must be more involved in shaping future provision, with a debate required 'on the level, the nature and affordability of services.'

Your knowledge and improvement toolbox for transformational change

21 Nov 2016
Atlantic Quay, 150 Broomielaw, Glasgow G2 8LU

A Scottish Government led engagement event that will support the workforce to meet the challenge of translating knowledge into practice. It will introduce a range of knowledge and improvement tools and techniques to help in delivering transformational change in the workplace.

Participants will leave the event with a set of tools, services and support options to help you to use knowledge and deliver improvement in frontline practice and service delivery.

Who should attend?

SEEDS Workshop

Graphic facilitation at workshop
1 Nov 2016
Grand Central Hotel, 99 Gordon St, Glasgow G1 3SF

Come along to the first workshop of our new SEEDS group. SEEDS is a refresh of the Iriss champion network which we set up in 2010.

One of the most vital aspects of the champion network was the dialogue, networking, advice, insights and inspiration it generated. Our champions have been a great sounding board, helping to guide our direction and spark project ideas.

Storytelling to improve public understanding

27 Oct 2016
Scottish Youth Theatre, Glasgow

We are inviting social workers to attend a free workshop which will use storytelling to help you find, shape and share your voice. This workshop will be delivered by the Village Storytelling Centre, a brilliant organisation who specialise in using storytelling to bring people together and to provide a space for creativity and relaxation.