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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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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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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Scottish Fire and Rescue issue advice on how you can help ‘Join Scotland’s fight against fire’

The number of fires started deliberately in Edinburgh soared by 43% last year, prompting a warning from the city’s senior fire officer. Kenny Rogers said, “Such incidents place an unnecessary burden on fire service resources, in what is already a busy time of year for fire-fighters. We would urge parents to ensure that their children […]

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CashBack for Communities Facilities Fund – Now receiving applications for 2016-17

YouthLink Scotland is now welcoming applications for the Scottish Government’s CashBack for Communities Facilities Fund 2016-17. The CashBack for Communities Facilities Fund is an open fund which will support not-for-profit community based organisations working with young people within the sports and outdoor learning sectors to apply for funding of up to £150,000 towards improvements to facilities […]

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Pilot scheme to tack A&E violence introduced in Glasgow

  A new project intended to tackle violence in A&E departments has been introduced in Glasgow. The Navigators Scheme, funded by Police Scotland’s Violence Reduction Unit has been operating at Glasgow Royal Infirmary since December 2015. The project involves two navigators who work to establish a connection with people who are victims or perpetrators of […]

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Question of the Month – results

Last month’s you might have seen our feature on the ‘In town, slow down’ campaign which is urging motorists to be extra careful in towns and cities and to slow their speed to 20mph. As part of our Question of the Month feature, we asked you whether you thought 20mph speed limited in towns and […]

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