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...

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,...

Dangerous Dogs in Scotland

by Dawn Exley, National Development Officer The vast majority of Scotland’s dog owners are responsible, take good care of their dogs and are able to experience the benefits of dog ownership.  A small minority, however, do not properly control their dogs.  Very worryingly, in the last 15 years, there has been an 80% rise in...

SCSN 4 Day Week Final Blog

by Dave Shea, Senior National Development Officer OVERVIEW In October 2021, after extensive, systematic, considered discussion of gains and risks – to business and staff – SCSN began a 6 month pilot of 4-day working. We revised our terms and conditions. The organisation’s principles and spirit of working were renewed. An updated ‘How We Will...

SCSN Staff Team: Hopes for 2022!

For our first newsletter of the year, following two very difficult years, we decided we wanted to try focus on what we’re feeling hopeful about. Here, the SCSN staff team share what they’re excited about in community safety in 2022, as well as their personal hopes for the year! Lorraine I’m hoping for a quieter,...

SCSN 4 Day Week: Blog 2/3

by Dave Shea, Senior National Development Officer We’re halfway through our 6 month experiment, trialling 4-day working at the SCSN. In this second post (you can read the first here), I share the experience so far, organisationally and personally, and try to predict where this all might lead us. It isn’t an evidence-led piece, it’s...

Thinking about Climate Anxiety & Community Safety

David Barbour, SCSN Communications Officer In October, we ran a webinar on Climate Change and Community Safety. Given that the climate crisis will affect literally everyone, we were aware that it might inevitably impact on community safety too. But it was only when we started giving it some real thought that we began to realise...