Covid 19, Alcohol & Drugs

by David Barbour, SCSN Communications Officer The Covid 19 pandemic has implications across all policy areas and alcohol and drugs is no different. There are numerous issues that have and will arise for those working with people with alcohol or drug issues, on people who use alcohol and drugs (whether they already use alcohol and […]

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Measuring What Matters Case Study – SCSN/ESS

One of our programmes of work disrupted by the COVID 19 crisis is Measuring what Matters. While day to day activity on this programme has had to pause, we can share some key messages and learning so far. Last year SCSN worked with Evaluation Support Scotland (ESS) to bring together practitioners from across the sector […]

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Changes at SCSN

Hannah Dickson, our current National Development Officer, has moved into a new role from 1st April 2020.  I’m pleased to say that Hannah is our new Development Manager and will be leading the creation of our newly enhanced development team – hopefully recruiting in June.   I hope you will join me in sending congratulations and […]

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Why the first ‘lockdown’ email I sent to my staff teams was on self care

by Lorraine Gillies, SCSN Chief Officer I’m 2 weeks in to semi self isolation. My husband is immune suppressed so I’m trying not to go out. That means we are both working from home. Add a 16 year old, twa dugs and one cat into the mix and it’s an interesting situation. We dont have […]

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Question of the Month April 2020

We’ve decided to bring forward our next Question of the Month and base it on all of our changed circumstances during the Covid 19 pandemic. Many of us are now being forced to work from home, though at SCSN home and agile working has been our policy for over two years now. Whilst it’s good […]

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SBRC to host webinar series for business on Covid 19

The rapid outbreak of COVID-19 has presented an alarming health crisis that the world is grappling with. In addition to the human impact, there is also a significant commercial one felt globally. While we have already seen both UK and Scottish Governments introduce a raft of relief for businesses, as viruses know no borders, the […]

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Trading Standards Scams Resources

The National Trading Standards (NTS) Scams Team has produced some helpful materials to help promote scams awareness around coronavirus (COVID-19) scams at this difficult time. Today the team has released a press release around criminals exploiting fears about coronavirus to prey on members of the public, particularly older and vulnerable people who are isolated from […]

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SCSN Covid 19 Support Survey

There have been some wonderful reports of community support and kindness in recent weeks in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. At SCSN we are aware that, as well as these uplifting stories and community response, there are also a number of risks in relation to community safety that a situation like this can create. This […]

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SCSN Coronavirus Risk Assessment & continuity plan

We are keeping close tabs on developments regarding the Coronavirus outbreak & are working to ensure we take timely measures to protect our staff and the public, guided by UK and Scottish Government advice. We have carried out a risk assessment and business continuity planning exercise. View the SCSN Risk Assessment here. View our Business […]

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Question of the Month March 2020

Our Question of the Month for February was based on our Anti-Social Behaviour theme and came from Fiona Alder, Chair of the Anti-Social Behaviour Officers Forum. The newsletter accompanied our #LetsTalkASB event on 3rd February, which you can view on our Youtube channel here and here. Fiona asked: ‘Do you think the current ASB legislation […]

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