SPARC Rural Crime Update

Despite the current COVID-19 restrictions in place, it has been heartening to have had regular correspondence with so many of the SPARC partners over the past 7 weeks.  It has also been encouraging that SPARC has been involved in various discussions during this time including National Police Chief’s Council on Heritage matters, cross border liaison […]

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Covid 19 Survey Results Briefing Paper

This briefing paper pulls together some of the statistics related to community safety that have been emerging over the last few weeks. In doing so we have been able to identify some notable trends with regards to support for lockdown measures, financial concern, mental health and wellbeing and community spirit. This is an ongoing and rapidly […]

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SCSN in joint submission to Equalities & Human Rights Committee Covid 19 Inquiry

SCSN has contributed to the joint submission to the Parliament Equalities & Human Rights Committee COVID-19 inquiry The emergency legislation from the UK and Scottish Governments in response to the pandemic, whilst necessary to ensure the effective provision of vital public services at this time makes some sweeping changes to life in Scotland, some in […]

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Wellbeing Fund deadline extended

The Wellbeing Fund aims to support organisations across the third sector that are providing important services to people who are most affected by the coronavirus pandemic. This forms part of a £350 million package from the Scottish Government. This round of funding opened for applications on 8th May 2020. To be considered for funding, applications must be received by noon on 22nd May 2020. Your activity should […]

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Implications for Road Safety from Covid 19

by Hannah Dickson, Development Manager The Covid19 pandemic has seen the biggest change in travel patterns in recent memory with UK and Scottish Government guidance on only taking essential journeys (by any mode) supported by emergency legislation giving Police forces additional powers to advise and enforce where necessary. At the Scottish Community Safety Network we’ve […]

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Question of the Month May 2020

Our Question of the Month for April was around working from home. Very many of us have been forced to switch to full time home working during the Covid 19 pandemic, and we know this has raised some practical issues, including around home safety, as well as some possible emotional issues. So we asked: How […]

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60 second interview with Lesley Rudd

Interview with Lesley Rudd, Chief Executive, Electrical Safety First Lesley Rudd became Chief Executive of leading UK charity, Electrical Safety First (ESF), at the beginning of this year. In this introductory Q&A, she explains how the Charity is supporting people during lockdown – and some of the pioneering work it is undertaking in Scotland. Q:  […]

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Covid 19 and the role of evidence in policymaking

by Mariah Kelly, Business Support Assitant (Events) Last year, I wrote an essay on ‘evidence-based policy’ for my MSc Health Policy programme. This focused on the political nature and application of evidence and argued that this phrase doesn’t accurately represent the policymaking process. For several years, SCSN have also been interested in the role of […]

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Crimestoppers Covid 19 Domestic Abuse Campaign

As more people are isolated during the Coronavirus pandemic, the charity Crimestoppers Scotland is launching a new campaign across the country appealing for information from people who are aware of Domestic Abuse happening to friends, family, work colleagues or neighbours. Domestic Abuse can be physical, psychological, emotional, sexual or financial. Often neighbours, family and friends […]

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Kindness after the Storm?

by Dawn Exley, SCSN Business Development Officer At a time like this, kindness is really on everyone’s mind.  The Covid-19 crisis has brought to focus more than ever before that we need to look out for each other, be good to one another and be empathetic to each person’s particular situation, whether it does or […]

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