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Neatebox provides smart solutions based on the challenges disabled people face every day. An example is an award-winning free app which allows people to use their mobile phone to push buttons at doors and pedestrian crossings safely and with more confidence. Michael McEwan speaks to Gavin Neate, the founder of the company about the products they pr…
 
Challenge Poverty Week was held between 5- 11 October this year. The week aims to raise a unified voice against poverty and calls for a more just and equal Scotland. We spoke to Suzi Murning, Campaigns Officer at The Poverty Alliance to find out about the history of Challenge Poverty Week, its purpose and the activities and impact of the campaign f…
 
Your Options Understood (Y.O.U) is an organisation that offers independent advice to those living with a disability, as well as parents and carers. It was set-up by Dr Danielle Farrel to share her own experiences of life with a disability and to show that having a disability does not necessarily mean that individuals cannot live an independent life…
 
Lena Dominelli is Professor of Social Work at the University of Stirling and Chair of the IASSW Committee. Kerry Musselbrook from Iriss had a conversation with her about the new MSc in Disaster Interventions and Humanitarian Aid at University of Stirling, why this matters and what it means for social work. Lena also shares her hopes for the future …
 
Passion4Social is a web and graphic design agency which creates sustainable employment opportunities for people with disabilities, or long-term health conditions, which contribute to their feelings of inclusion, health, wellbeing, and quality of life. Michael McEwan speaks to Thiago Carmo, Marketing Manager and Senior Designer, about the work of th…
 
Kibble is a specialist child and youth care charity and social enterprise that empowers young people through care, education and support. In March of this year we spoke to Dan Johnson, Clinical Director and Forensic Psychologist; and William Howden, a children and young people’s care worker, about the charity's trauma-informed model of care and how…
 
What are the experiences of those with disabilities working on the frontline during Covid-19? Michael McEwan interviews Scott Kennedy, Lynn Murdoch and David Ross, who speak about how they've continued to provide care and support, despite the challenging circumstances. Transcript of episode Music Credit: Make your dream a reality by Scott Holmes.…
 
The 2020 Paralympic Games were due to be held in Tokyo this year over August and September, but have been rescheduled for 2021. How has this affected the organisations and athletes involved? Michael McEwan gets perspectives from Gavin Macleod, Chief Executive of Scottish Disability Sport; and Stephen McGuire, an athlete for Boccia UK who was due to…
 
June was Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History Month which aims aims to celebrate the diverse ways these communities have contributed to life in the UK, as well as amplify their voices in the telling of history and dispel some of the myths to tackle the ongoing prejudice these communities still face. Kerry Musselbrook from Iriss had a conversation with…
 
Carolyn Wyllie is Head of Community Health and Care at Clackmannanshire and Stirling Health and Social Care Partnership. On 18 June, we had a conversation with Carolyn about the Partnerships' response to Covid-19 and the interventions put in place to continue care and support in the crisis. This includes detail on the Forth Valley model. Transcript…
 
Bill Scott is Director of Policy at Inclusion Scotland, an organisation that works to achieve positive changes to policy and practice, so that disabled people are fully included throughout all Scottish society as equal citizens. Michael McEwan, spoke to Bill about the results of their Covid-19 evidence survey, which reveals the impact of Covid-19 o…
 
Sue Stockdale works with leaders and organisations to help them achieve exceptional performance. She has an in-depth understanding of motivation and leadership, gleaned from her decades of experience in business, adventure and sport. She offers inspirational presentations, leadership development programmes and coaching. Sue very kindly gave us her …
 
Celia Sweeney cares for her son Paul who has one of the rarest brain diseases in the world. To mark Carer's Week, she very kindly gave us her time to tell us about her situation during the Covid-19 pandemic - the challenges of caring, as well as the opportunities and what she believes needs to happen post-Covid. Please note that this episode descri…
 
Michael McEwan speaks to three carers: Alex Davis, a full-time carer for her son; Frank McGowan who cares for his older brother; and Liz Carson, who cares for her son. Each person tells us about their experiences of caring in lockdown. Transcript of episode Music Credit: Make your dream a reality by Scott Holmes.…
 
How are those with disabilities coping in lockdown? Michael McEwan speaks to Chris Baird, a national campaigner; Danielle Farrel, founder of Your Options Understood; Wesley Grierson, a campaigner; and Lindsay Kinloch. They give their views on information and support in place, how they are coping and some of the challenges of the pandemic. Transcrip…
 
Jenna Henderson, an Early Years Educator at Dunblane Nature Kindergarten tells us about the impact of lockdown on their services and how they’re maintaining relationships with children and families at this time. Transcript of episode Music Credit: Make your dream a reality by Scott Holmes.By Iriss
 
Organisations that support people with disabilities and long-term conditions will have their own set of particular challenges during the Covid-19 crisis. Michael McEwan speaks to three organisations – Scottish Personal Employers Network (SPAEN), Partners for Inclusion Group and Unity – about the services they provide, the challenges of the current …
 
On 22 April 2020, Michelle from Iriss spoke to Jennifer Carruthers, Deputy manager at Rashielee Care Home in Erskine. Jennifer tells us how both staff and residents are managing in the current circumstances and how they’ve had to change and adapt services to cope in the crisis. Transcript of episode Music Credit: Make your dream a reality by Scott …
 
Improving justice in child contact is a project exploring child contact decisions in families affected by domestic abuse. It is funded by the European Union’s Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme (2014-2020). Child contact is understood to be the systems and court processes which decide whether and how a child sees a parent that they are not …
 
Cumbernauld Action for Care of the Elderly or CACE is an organisation that supports improved wellbeing and quality of life for older people in Cumbernauld. We spoke to Margaret Riley, Chief Executive of CACE about how the organisation is managing in the Coronavirus outbreak. Transcript of episode Music Credit: Make your dream a reality by Scott Hol…
 
Dr. Ossie Stuart is an academic researcher and an independent equalities consultant, who has written key works on race, disability and social care. He is a wheelchair user and firmly believes that we are all entitled to fully participate in society and have control over our own destinies. These two ideas have heavily influenced everything he has do…
 
On 27 March 2020 Iriss spoke to Eona Craig, Chief Executive of Articulate Cultural Trust about its work to support care experienced young people, and how the organisation has managed to continue to deliver services in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic. Articulate works with often socially isolated care experienced young people in Scotland, chal…
 
Is use of language something you carefully consider as a social worker? And is language important to social work practice? Sara Hitchin, Senior Lecturer in Social Work at the University of Stirling certainly thinks so and has written an article about it for the Scottish Organisation for Practice Teaching or Scopt. Michelle from Iriss went along to …
 
'There’s More to Care than Caring' is a Scottish Government-led adult social care recruitment campaign which was launched in January 2020. It aims to encourage people to take up a career in care. Michelle from Iriss had a conversation with Lorraine Gray, Chief Executive of SSSC, about the purpose of the campaign, the importance of adult social care…
 
Indepen-dance creates opportunities for disabled and non-disabled people to enjoy, express and fulfil their potential through dance. Michael McEwan interviews one of the founding members, Karen Anderson, as well as Adam, a dancer involved in the project. Transcript of episode Music Credit: Make your dream a reality by Scott Holmes.…
 
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