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Communities Scotland 2001 HTF
On Tuesday 4th October The Rock Trust’s Board of Directors took great pleasure in welcoming Professor Mike Stein to the Edinburgh City Chambers to present his lecture; Promoting the Resilience of Vulnerable Young People: Messages from Research.’ The event was a massive success, so much so that people without reserved places had to be turned away. There were over 100 people in attendance, and the feedback has been extremely positive.
For the past 25 years Professor Stein has been researching the problems and challenges faced by young people leaving substitute care (foster and residential care) and, recently, the experiences of children and young people living on the streets, running away from care and vulnerable adolescents. He has been consulted by government, local authorities and voluntary organisations on the development of leaving care services both nationally and internationally.
For those of you who were unable to attend, a copy of the lecture over-heads, and Professor Stein’s research are now available on the Scottish Social Networks website, in Research or by following these links:
MSP Stewart Maxwell launches Scottish Social Networks Online Database
Stewart Maxwell, Minister for Communities & Sport launched the Scottish Social Networks online database on
The Toolkit is designed to make it easier for local authorities, voluntary organisations and others to develop successful mentoring, befriending and mediation projects which will help prevent homelessness. It was developed thanks to Scottish Government funding.
Successful Project Development Toolkit PLEASE NOTE this file is 2.2MB
Speakers and delegates from home and abroad gave a wide perspective on how social networks can create healthy communities as well as ideas and personal experience of what we can do to bring this about. There was so much on that, even if you were there, you will not have been able to cover it all. Now is your chance to get an overview of the day and to catch up on the sessions you wished you could have fitted in!
Seminar - June 2005
A series of five very successful events involving over 200 people were held in June 2005 "to look at the national issues and contribute to local solutions which will enable people affected by homelessness develop positive social networks". Feed back has been very positive and the success of the seminars has taken many forms. Most importantly, the events were enjoyed and found useful by the participants but in addition:
The very process of arranging them with partners and participants and discussing their input made them look seriously at social networks and really consider what they were and should be doing;
The advertising raised the profile of social networks as an issue and the Forum as an organisation;
Previously uncommitted participants were persuaded that social networks were a pivotal issue and not just a nice add on;
Participants heard of new approaches, discussed and developed ideas, made new contacts and really thought about what they could do within their own sphere to promote positive social networks; and
An enthusiasm for action to develop social networks was generated.