My Life My Way - Wesley Greer, episode 141

Never underestimate people with disability. Wesley (Wes) Greer talks to Michael McEwan of Able Radio about his life from school through the highs and lows of breaking into performing arts. Currently Wes is working in a voluntary post at Common Knowledge UK (CKUK). He is also a member of East Kilbride Rep Theatre where he recently played the dormouse in their pantomime adaptation of Alice In Wonderland. This was particularly intriguing as Wes is 6ft 5 inches tall!

Sense Scotland. Supporting disabled people and their families, episode 132

Sense Scotland supports children and adults with disabilities. In this episode Michael McEwan talks to Communication Officer Graeme Thomson about the kinds of support offered and Support Worker Grant Hendry about arts and outdoor activities.

LGBT Age Capacity Building Project, episode 127

On 18 June, the LGBT Age Capacity Building Project held an event to celebrate and reflect on the achievements of the project and discuss the future of inclusive LGBT services in Scotland. The event involved creative activities including powerful and moving poetry performances from volunteers involved. The project aimed to support professionals working in older people’s services to be more inclusive of LGBT issues.

Reforming narratives: Is there life after punishment?, episode 107

This episode features a recording of a Sutherland Trust lecture: 'Reforming narratives: is there life after punishment?' presented by Fergus McNeill, Professor of Criminology and Social Work and Head of Sociology at the University of Glasgow. In recent years, criminologists have become increasingly interested in the processes by which people stop and refrain from offending.

Write to recovery, episode 89

Write to Recovery, a website designed to support people affected by mental health problems on their journeys of recovery, was launched on 11 June 2014 at the Scottish Storytelling Centre in Edinburgh. The launch forms part of the Scottish Recovery Network's 10-year anniversary celebrations. IRISS.FM went along to chat with the guest speakers, acclaimed 'indie' author Linda Gillard; and Robin Ross, both of who have used writing on their own journeys of recovery.

The arts in social care: overview of the evidence base, episode 87

In early 2013, Consilium Research (commissioned by Skills for Care and the Baring Foundation) conducted a literature review of available evidence to explore the role of the arts in delivering social care outcomes. Jim Thomas gives us an overview of the research findings. This recording also features on Iriss's Creative Quarter website.

How the arts are being used in social services in Scotland

We know that creativity can change lives for the better and our aim in conducting the survey was to understand how the creative arts are being used, and the impact this type of work can have for people supported by services and for staff. As such, the purpose of the work was to capture some of the experiential knowledge held by professionals working in this area, to share this knowledge more widely across the sector and to provide inspiration to others. 

The role of arts in social care

The arts continue to gain recognition as a vital part of society. In particular, there is increasing acknowledgment that the arts can offer practical and innovative ways to impact on the positive factors that nurture health and wellbeing (Seligman, 2011).