Training

ISBA 2016: The shifting sector - Amy MacFarlane

Iriss.fm, Episode 170

Amy MacFarlane, Founder and Chief Executive at Recreational Respite talks about innovative partnerships and use of technology in respite provision in Canada.

Introduced by Donald Macleod, Conference Chair.

Recorded at the 10th International Short Break Association conference, 13–15 September 2016, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Post-Adoption Central Support

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:

Bobath Scotland and World Cerebral Palsy Day

Iriss.fm, episode 136

Bobath Scotland is the only charity in Scotland dedicated to helping people with cerebral palsy, the most common cause of physical disability. With Cerebral Palsy Month coming up in October and World Cerebral Palsy Day on 7 October, Bobath Scotland Chief Executive Stephanie Fraser talks to Michael McEwan about how Bobath Therapy, the economics of running a charity, fund raising and training programmes for families, classroom assistants and young people.

Social reporting: a primer

Flipcharts and sticky notes are great for capturing thoughts and discussions at conferences and workshops ... until it comes to summarising and sharing.

Social reporting is the use of social media to record and share these thoughts and discussions. In digital format, sharing becomes easy.

Shaping the future

Making a successful transition from student to social worker

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.

Cost effective learning in the workplace

Iriss.fm, episode 13

A novel use of the Sony PlayStation Portable (PSP). Releasing front line staff for training can be expensive and can cause operational difficulties. In addition, the effectiveness of classroom style training is open to question.