Safer Communities and Lasting Legacies with Network Rail

The partnership between SCSN and Network Rail was initially established to raise awareness of cross cutting themes shared by both organisations, however the partnership has had a wider impact in improving public and staff safety around the rail network. By working in partnership we can evidence success in reducing rail crime and increasing awareness of […]

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Improving Relationships, Improving Lives

Last year nearly 5,000 young people in Scotland (the equivalent of 5 high schools) became homeless due to family relationship breakdown. In 2013-2014, in the affluent city of Edinburgh, the average age of death of a Crisis Service user was 36 years old. The Cyrenians Scottish Centre for Conflict Resolution (SCCR) recognises that conflict in […]

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Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 in detail

High quality public services which work together and with Scotland’s communities are essential to support a fair and prosperous society. Community planning is a key driver for public service reform at a local level. It brings together local public services and the communities that they serve. It provides a focus for joint working, driven by […]

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UK charity says more needs to be done to prevent youth homelessness

New research by charity Depaul UK has found that young people in housing crisis often avoid admitting they are ‘homeless’ because of the negative connotations it has. This can lead to them moving into potentially harmful living arrangements – such as friend’s sofas and in multi-occupancy housing – that can out their safety at risk. […]

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Report sheds light on transport troubles for disabled Scots

David Gale, a disabled campaigner has hit-out at local transport, which he believes is failing a generation of disabled people. David from Lockerbie took part in a nine month undercover investigation as part of a national survey for the Muscular Dystrophy UK project Traiblazers, a network of 700 young disabled people across the UK. The […]

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Keep Scotland Beautiful report shows Scotland’s environmental quality in decline

According to ‘Keep Scotland Beautiful’ Scotland’s environmental quality is now starting to deteriorate. Litter, dog fouling, fly tipping, graffiti, detritus, weed growth and flyposting are the visible indicators or poor environmental quality. According to the report, the improvement in standards has stalled and is now in reverse. The National Cleanliness Benchmarking Report for 2014-15 shows […]

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Freedom Bakery seek to raise £15,000 to break out of prison

Freedom Bakery, a social enterprise based in a prison near to Glasgow has launched a funding campaign to expand to a second bakery on the outside of the prison walls. The project trains inmates at HMP Low Moss in artisan baking with the intention of helping them find a job once they are released. If […]

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Volunteer led service helps city’s vulnerable at night

Street Assist, made up of a group of 40 volunteers, has launched an on-street triage bus in the King Stable’s Road in Edinburgh. The group aims to relieve pressure on local police and ambulance services by tending to people who need minor assistance and by offering support to anyone who requires it. The team will […]

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Pilot project protecting vulnerable consumers from nuisance and scam phone calls

Nuisance phone calls pose a significant problem for older and vulnerable adults in the UK. As well as causing undue stress and leaving millions afraid to pick up their phone, unwanted calls can result in vulnerable people taking ill-advised decisions about their home, their life and finances. Trading Standards Scotland have been running an innovative […]

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Less crime without equality – response to the Scottish Crime and Justice Survey

The Applied Quantitative Methods Network Director Susan McVie has responded to the latest figures from the Scottish Crime and Justice Survey. While she argues that we should be celebrating the fact that Scots are experiencing less crime, it is important to recognise that crime is not the same for everybody, with young people aged 16-24, […]

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