We’re looking for volunteers!

“The SCSN is a unique organisation providing membership support in the community safety field.  Our aim is simple – safer communities – but our ambition is huge!  We are seeking enthusiastic, skilled individuals to support us by becoming board directors.  These positions are unpaid but priceless in terms of the sense of achievement you will...

Authentic Voice: Deep Dive Workshop Series

This series of events aims to support professionals in Scotland working across a wide range of policy areas to explore the practicalities of embedding lived experience into system and service design processes. The workshops will inform the Authentic Voice project’s ambitions to support professionals to embed lived experience in a high quality, trauma-informed way and...

Question of the Month September 2022

Results for August Our Question of the Month for August related to our ‘Alcohol & Other Drugs’ themed newsletter, and our Podcast/SCSN Conversations With…interview with Simon McLean of LEAP Scotland. We asked: “Do you believe prohibition of drugs makes communities safer or more dangerous?” 16% said ‘Safer’ (5 votes) 75% said ‘More Dangerous’ (24 votes)...

Mark McCall Home Safety Fund announced

SCSN are delighted to announce the creation of the Mark McCall Home Safety Fund, in partnership with RoSPA and Fife Council. Mark McCall was former Chair Person of the SCSN board of directors and played an instrumental role in the evolution and development of our organisation. Mark was also Service Manager for Housing at Fife...

Scots warned of scams related to the cost of living crisis

Trading Standards Scotland has today launched a month-long campaign aimed at raising awareness of scams linked to the ongoing cost of living crisis. As prices and bills continue to rise, many consumers will have financial worries heading into autumn and winter. Scammers may attempt to exploit these anxieties and to target people online and via...

Swift, Certain, Tough? More like Sick & Certainly Tired

by David Barbour, SCSN Communications Officer The UK Government has published plans to increase criminal penalties against people who use drugs, titled ‘Swift, Certain, Tough: new consequences for drug possession’. It’s very difficult not to emit a long, slow sigh. Rather than ‘Swift, Certain, Tough’, many with knowledge and lived experience of drugs and community...

Wellbeing makes the world go round

We recently attended an event on the Wellbeing Economy as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival of Politics. The event was hosted by Paul McLennan MSP, with panellists including Miriam Brett, research fellow at the Democracy Collaborative and Wellbeing Economy Alliance; and Gemma Bone Dodds and Thobile Chittenden of the Wellbeing Economy Alliance. Following this...

Question of the Month August 2022

Results for July Our Question of the Month for July was based around our July newsletter theme of Water Safety – and came from our ‘SCSN Conversations With…’ interviewee Carlene McAvoy of RoSPA/Water Safety Scotland. We asked: “Do you know what to do if you see someone struggling in water?’ 81% said Yes (17 votes)...

Feeling the pinch? – Chief Officer Blog

by Lorraine Gillies, Chief Officer, SCSN Is there anyone not feeling the pinch just now?  As the news reports the fastest fall in real pay on record, – the cost of living crisis comes into everyone’s orbit. The statistics are terrifying, and change with pace – by the time I write this and publish it,...

Climate Change & Community Safety Special

In November last year, Glasgow held the COP26 Climate Conference. Like many people, we’d also been becoming increasingly aware of news items/articles, research and warnings being issued by climate scientists – which began to make it crystal clear that climate change would have a serious impact across a range of community safety areas of interest....