New Pilotlight pathways get underway

Over the past three years, Pilotlight has brought together commissioners, deliverers and users of services to research and design some of the different pathways to self-directed support. With its new round of funding, the team is keen to explore the opportunities that self-directed support offers to plan creatively for transitions with older people and people with younger onset dementia.

'The View from Here' project findings

An event to launch the findings of The View from Here, a project designed to understand the working lives, attitudes and experiences of the social services workforce in Scotland, was launched on 28 October 2015, at the Mitchell Library in Glasgow.

Launch of the Scottish Care Leavers' Covenant

Today, 22nd October 2015, marks the launch of the Scottish Care Leavers' Covenant, which is being held at The Princes Trust in Glasgow. This coincides with National Care Leavers Week which runs over 22-30th October 2015.

The Scottish Care Leavers' Covenant is a bold and committed promise to young people who have experience of the care system: that they matter. It will support corporate parents to deliver changes in action and practice to bring improvement and consistency to the care of these young people.

Evaluation of Women's Community Justice Centres: findings published

Over 2013-15, the Scottish Government provided time-limited funding to 16 projects across Scotland to establish new and develop existing community services for women who offend. A national evaluation examined how these services were implemented and to what extent they contributed towards positive outcomes for women (associated with reduced reoffending). This national evaluation was completed at the end of May 2015. It was undertaken by Ruth Dryden and Colleen Souness, former Associates at Iriss

Time to do things differently: let's collaborate

The relationships between decision makers, citizens and communities are currently being redefined in Scotland. We are in the grip of an exciting debate about social justice, values and community empowerment.

Against this backdrop, 'asset-based' and 'place-based' approaches signal a new way of doing things that are focused on collaborative and mutually beneficial engagement with people and communities. This aspiration is great, but the practice is challenging.

Homelessness: Pathways and Prevention resource published

Between June 2014 and April 2015, Iriss led a project to explore the perceptions of, and approaches to, innovation in homelessness prevention in Scotland. Through engagement with a variety of partners including local authorities, third sector, health and Scottish Government, the project captured key messages from a collection of approaches which help support people affected by homelessness.

Leading change in supervision

Iriss's Leading Change in Supervision project aimed to explore the topic of supervision with six partners from across social services, and to highlight the challenges and enablers for changing supervision.

The final report and case studies, as well as an Iriss Insight - Achieving effective supervision - have been published.

Ae fond farewell - some final thoughts from Alison

Yesterday (May 26th) I organised my last event for Iriss. It focused on Achieving A Better Life for People Living with Dementia and was based in part on the DEEP project (Developing Evidence-enriched Practice) funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. Case studies from this project (one from North Lanarkshire, one from Gwalia in Wales) were supplemented by inputs from Emma Miller on personal outcomes, from Ann Pascoe on three key dementia challenges, and from our own Keeping it Personal project.

Pilotlight self-directed support resources launched

Pilotlight set out to lead thinking on co-designing self-directed support for people across Scotland.

Pilotlight has co-designed four pathways to self-directed support focusing on mental health, risk, self-employment and young people in transition. The co-design teams for each pathway have included people who access support, local authorities and support providers. The project has tested and refined a model for successful power sharing, produced tools and resources, and developed solutions for the implementation of self-directed support.