Blog Series: SCSN 4 day week pilot begins!

The SCSN Board recently approved a six month trial of a four day working week for our staff team. There’s been a lot of momentum gaining around this idea, with successful pilots having been trialled in other countries, and Scottish Government backing the idea as a way of improving work/life balance of employees – without...

Poverty & Scotland’s Drug Deaths Crisis – Guest article, Austin Smith, SDF

Austin Smith, Policy Officer at Scottish Drugs Forum, discusses the link between poverty, problem drug use and Scotland’s high and increasing rate of drug-related deaths. Austin Smith Policy Officer at Scottish Drugs Forum discusses the link between poverty, problem drug use and Scotland’s high and increasing rate of drug-related deaths. The latest drug related deaths...

Community Safety & the parallel world of cyber safety

by Dawn Exley, SCSN National Development Officer The Scottish Government has put a lot of focus on the importance of the cyber world recently with the new Digital Strategy for Scotland, which is looking to keep Scotland apace by investing in infrastructure, breaking barriers to digital exclusion and providing more education and skills in digital....

#SheWasJustWalkingHome

by Dawn Exley, SCSN National Development Officer We’ve all been affected by the news of Sarah Everard and her shocking murder.  While Sarah is certainly not the first women, nor will she sadly be the last, whose life was taken from her under horrendous circumstances, her death has symbolised a tipping point.  Women in the...

Talking shops, or conversations for systems change?

Hannah Dickson, Development Manager, SCSN For a while I’ve been intrigued by the term ‘talking shop’ – for many working in the public sector this means a place or group regarded as a centre for unproductive talk rather than action, with endless pre-meetings, meetings and papers. For others, talking is a key mechanism for understanding...