Generations working together interview with Orkney Co-Ordinator Linsey Drever full details below

Scottish Mediation have developed a three hour workshop around conflict management and are visiting Orkney to provide training specifically for Third Sector Organisations. The workshop will provide skills and techniques used in mediation to effectively manage conflict situations

This workshop looks at conflict and how it escalates and demonstrates how skills and techniques used in mediation can help you to effectively manage working relationships. The sessions consider how best to manage and resolve conflict with a view to avoiding costly and time-consuming disputes.

At the end of the workshop participants should –

•           Understand some of the causes of conflict and how it escalates

•           Be able to use a number of tools used in mediation to resolve conflict

•           Understand the benefits of mediation and how to access it

The event is interactive and will aim to improve participants’ skills in practical conflict management.

Facilitators   -Graham Boyack and May Millward (Scottish Mediation)

No of Participants – up to 16

Timing – 1.30 – 4.30 pm

Date – Monday 12 August

Location - Voluntary Action Orkney

This is an open invitation, so booking is not required.

DFO are looking for more volunteers to help at their regular singing group sessions, organised outings and fundraising events.

The relaxed, friendly singing groups with musical accompaniment are held every Monday 2.30 - 4.00 pm at Eunson Kloss, Kirkwall and ad hoc at other venues such as St Peter's, Stromness and Smiddybrae, Dounby

Volunteers at all sessions assist with songbooks and at Eunson Kloss also help with refreshments after singing and help with setting up and tidying the room.

Currently due to a shortage of available volunteers they are having to take a break from their once monthly session, last Friday in the month 1.30 - 3.00 pm at Gilbertson Day Centre.

It would be fantastic if DFO could recruit some new volunteers to help them continue to provide this wonderful service to our vulnerable older folk.

See the Dementia Friendly Orkney Facebook page for past activities and more.

For further information about volunteering please contact : or Rob McGregor on 872 897

The Experience Panels involve people with direct, personal experience of the benefits that will be devolved to the Scottish Government. People who are acting as a parent/guardian, appointee or power of attorney for someone with experience of any of the above benefits are also welcome to register to join the Panels.

Experience Panels members will have a choice of activities that they can take part in. Some will be about the social security system in general and others will be more specific to certain experiences (e.g. focusing on an individual benefit).Taking part might include completing short surveys, or taking part in interviews and workshops. Activities can be carried out face-to-face, on the phone and online. No matter where people live in Scotland, there will be opportunities to take part.

For more information see link below:

Please encourage clients to register.

On 21 June, the Equalities and Human Rights Committee launched its call for views ahead of scrutiny of the Scottish Government’s draft budget 2020/21. This focuses on public sector funding to third sector organisations that deliver national equalities and human rights priorities, and the accountability of public bodies partnering with the third sector in achieving better outcomes for those groups who have equality needs or require support to access their rights. The deadline for views is Friday 23 August and you can read details on our website.

You can follow the Committee on Twitter @SP_EHRIC for regular updates on its work and please let me or the Clerks to the Committee know if you have any questions.

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