Join a Near Me reference group

Published on 19 Nov 2020

In September, Iriss opened a call to participate in a project exploring where Near Me video consulting software could be most effectively and usefully applied in social services.

We would like to thank all the organisations who expressed an interest in participating in the Quality Improvement (QI) cycle. Due to the level of interest, we will work with five teams through the four week QI cycle. These include: West Lothian Criminal and Youth Justice team; East Lothian Duty and Response Team; Fife Council Children and Families Disability Social Work; Wheatley Group - Fullarton Service; and Angus Health and Social Care Partnership. 

The work aims to:

  • Provide one to one support to a further seven organisations exploring and using Near Me
  • Establish a collaborative Near Me Learning Network which aims to build on and continue the support to organisations using Near Me, while increasing the scope of support to other organisations
  • Establish a Near Me reference group

Invite to Near Me reference group

We would like to invite people who access social services and who may have also participated in a Near Me call to join a reference group. The group will contribute to the generation of evidence, learning and guidance produced by this project, along with an invitation to join in with the Near Me Learning Network. 

The reference group will run from December to March 2021, involving about two hours of time a month to meet online, read and comment on project documents, and share views on using Near Me as a platform. 

What’s in it for group members?

By joining the reference group you will get the opportunity to share your experiences and learn about others’, as well as build your personal network. We will compensate you for your time and contributions.

Get in touch

If you are interested in joining the group, please email Louise Bowen ( by Monday, 7 December. 

Practitioners, please pass this request on to people who access your service who might be interested in joining the reference group. 

For further information on the Near Me project, contact Alison Guthrie: