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.
Friday 24 March saw the launch of Iriss Insight 35 - Gypsy Travellers: Human rights and social work's role - at an event to start conversations to bring about lasting change. The event was a partnership of members of the Gypsy Traveller community, Iriss and Scottish Association of Social Work (SASW), and was chaired by Lesley Riddoch. Held at Glasgow Caledonian University, it formed part of World Social Day celebrations and had 70 people attend.
On 30 November 2016, the Health and Social Care Alliance, in partnership with a number of sector organisations including Iriss, hosted a seminar entitled - A watershed for social work in Scotland?
The event brought people together to explore the implications of the Audit Scotland report on social work in Scotland.
Audit Scotland recently concluded that social work in Scotland is at a ‘watershed’, with fundamental decisions needing to be taken on how services are provided in the future. They stressed that the public and people who access the range of social work services provided across Scotland must be more involved in shaping future provision, with a debate required 'on the level, the nature and affordability of services.'
On the evening of 14 September 2016, Iriss (Michelle, Kerry and Lisa) took part in an iamsocialwork event in Glasgow. iamsocialwork is a concept created by Zoe Betts, a qualified social worker, to provide peer support and networking for student, newly qualified and qualified social workers across the UK. iamsocialwork involves a series of SUPER:vision events that bring social workers together to share experiences, knowledge and challenges and to provide a listening ear and support to each other.
PACS is a small charitable organisation based in Stirling that comprises parents, social workers and other professionals involved in adoption and long-term foster care. It offers a range of post placement support and services to adoptive families and permanent foster carers.
PACS receives a grant from Clackmannan, Falkirk and Stirling Councils to provide its services.
Services it offers include:
ScOPTbox is a curated collection of resources for social workers and others involved in supporting learning in the workplace in Scotland. It has been developed by the Scottish Organisation for Practice Teaching (ScOPT), and was launched at the ScOPT conference in Glasgow on 12 November.
In 2007, Iriss undertook a digital preservation project to share - and safeguard - the migration story of the 10,000 children, referred to as 'orphans, waifs and strays' who emigrated to Canada between 1869 and 1939. It was first created as an exhibition at the Heatherbank Museum of Social Work in Glasgow called The Golden Bridge, and the website became an interactive tool for learning and sharing this migration story. The website has recently been redesigned.
What's it like for a student leaving university and making the transition into the world of work?
Iriss teamed up with Glasgow Caledonian University, SSSC, the Scottish Association of Social Workers and the Scottish Government to find out. About 120 final year students as well as newly qualified social workers gathered at GCU on 22 January 2015 to share information and experience with aim of helping to shape the future direction of social work.