Creative Care and Support funds six projects in Pitlochry

We're delighted that Creative Care and Support has funded six wonderful projects in Pitlochry from its funding pot. As part of the project, we made a seed fund of £10,000 available to help people who use services, carers and the wider community of Pitlochry, with ideas for a new business start up, or existing small businesses develop new innovative ideas.

The six projects that have received funding include:

Pilotlight: Self-directed support for small business

Pilotlight is working with co-design teams of people who use and deliver services across Scotland to design four pathways to self-directed support for seldom heard groups.

Many disabled people want to work but face barriers to employment. Self-directed support has the potential to enable disabled people to work through small business start ups.

Winners celebrate Self Management Partnership Award

As part of Self Management Week (29th September to 3rd October), the ALLIANCE hosted the Self Management Awards at the Garden Lobby at Scottish Parliament on 2 October. One of the key aims of Self Management Week 2014 is to improve understanding of how volunteering can be used as a tool for self management - provoking increased skills, self-esteem and well-being.

Relationships Matter

Relationships Matter
Relationships Matter
Relationships Matter

Iriss's Innovation and Improvement Team is leading an exciting new project entit

Reflections on the Personal Learning Networks Challenge

Following the release of the Personal Learning Networks Building your Personal Network animation - which depicts Kristina's (a fictional character's) experience of using social media - we invited individuals and organisations to take up a challenge to learn more about using social media in their role.

Debbie Lucas, staff development officer in a local authority social work department took part in the challenge and offers her reflections on using social media both in her own role and to support colleagues.

Launch of Personal Learning Networks animation

The web is now firmly established in the workplace and it is vital that the workforce knows how to use it. Social media, such as Twitter and LinkedIn, offer great opportunities for connecting, conversing, collaborating and learning from one another.

A new animation from NES (NHS Education for Scotland) and Iriss was officially launched on 24 July by Malcolm Wright, NES Chief Executive and Alison Petch, Director at Iriss.

Plan P prompt cards published

We have published a set of cards that have been designed for those who work with or support older people. The cards have been produced as part of Plan P, an Iriss project focusing on preventing social isolation and loneliness amongst older people.

Iriss appoints new Chair

The Board of Trustees and the staff group of Iriss are delighted to announce the appointment of Peter Macleod as the new Chair of the Board. Peter is currently Director of Social Work in Renfrewshire and brings a wealth of experience from both a local and national level. He was President of the Association of Directors of Social Work (now Social Work Scotland) in 2012, has been instrumental in commissioning local research on outcomes for children, and is involved in a number of national strategy groups.