Winners of Social Services Awards 2017

SSS Awards

Iriss was delighted to play a part in the Social Services Awards 2017. We want to congratulate all the winners and everyone who was nominated for an award. The breadth of inspiring work taking place across the country was fantastic to witness.

Care homes and community


Care Home Week, led by Scottish Care, takes place in Scotland this week (12-18 June).

Throughout the week, there will be celebrations of Scotland's care homes, the individuals who live and work in them, their role in local communities and the opportunities care homes offer to enhance lives and wellbeing for a wide range of people.

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Festival of Residential Child Care 2017

Festival of Residential Child Care

The Festival of Residential Child Care is a week-long programme of events, celebrating and supporting the work of residential child care across the whole of the UK. 

We were delighted to support Centre for Youth and Criminal Justice (CYCJ) produce two discussions as part of the week's activities. The discussions involved residential childcare workers and secure care staff discussing research undertaken by CYCJ and the implications for practice.

Learning Disability Week 2017

It's Learning Disability Week 2017! We're looking forward to attending the Learning Disability Awards tonight at the Grand Central Hotel in Glasgow, to celebrate, on a national level, the rarely heard stories and achievements of people with learning disabilities and the people who support them.

Booking open for Social Services Expo

Social Services Expo 2017

Booking is now open for the Scottish Social Services Expo 2017 which will provide an exciting opportunity to learn about current innovation and best practice in Scotland’s social services.

Taking place at Crieff Hydro hotel, the Expo will allow attendees to participate in a wide range of workshops throughout the day and network with colleagues from across the sector. It will provide an opportunity to hear and input into current policy development and to share expertise and best practice from frontline service delivery.

SSS Awards shortlist announced

The Scottish Social Services Awards shortlist is now available, announcing the 31 successful entrants making it to the final out of 155 entries nationwide.

It includes a mix of individuals, teams and organisations working in social services for a range of third sector and independent organisations, local authorities and the NHS, who have made a positive difference to people's lives.

Launch of Propagate

Propagate is a six-month project to embed the use of Iriss tools, particularly co-production tools, to support collaboration and conversation. 

The project will involve delivering a series of workshops to support those working in social services with an interest in gaining skills in facilitation and co-design. 

The View from Here

We've published a short summary of The View from Here project 2016/17.

The project involved promoting a deeper understanding of the impact of care and support and the contribution of the frontline workforce, and sharing frontline experiences of providing support, specifically focusing on the emotional impact of caring.

The work resulted in: