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Smart communication with stakeholders

27 June 2017

New carer placements at our Dundee office are currently at an all-time high, and we are receiving referrals from local authorities with whom we previously haven’t been in contact.

This welcome new influx created a few new hurdles that we had to overcome, mainly in the way of time management and travelling.

A solution was found in the shape of an interactive Smart Board. This piece of equipment enables our staff to arrange video conferences for important meetings such as child plan reviews, as well as a range of other meetings without having to travel or stay somewhere overnight.

The Smart Board will enable our staff to manage their time in a much more productive way and allow for better communication with our stakeholders.

Birds, Butterflies and Tadpoles – The Process and Power of Change

27 June 2017

Our Permanence Team recently enjoyed a Team Development day, entitled ‘Birds, Butterflies and Tadpoles – The Process and Power of Change’.

The team are becoming used to changes, but thought it was important to consider how change can be anticipated and managed positively. We also recognised the achievements of the team, through the progress and successes of our amazing carers and young people.

We looked at how our different personality types – Explorers, Sentinels and Diplomats – fit together to create a dynamic, supportive team with lots of skills and abilities. Looking at the stages of change was also helpful, recognising that some of the anxiety and confusion is inevitable – ‘but that’s ok!’.

After lunch, we split into two groups – some tried their skills at archery, whilst others had fun on Segways. Altogether the team had an enjoyable, productive and positive day.

Skills to Foster training

02 June 2017

Our Skills to Foster training  is currently taking place, giving prospective foster carers a fascinating insight into what fostering involves.
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Burds’ and B’s Group

02 June 2017

The Glasgow team have piloted a ‘Burds and Bs’ group, which provides additional peer mentoring for carers who look after teenagers.
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Reliving the Battle of Bannockburn

02 June 2017

A group of young people and Swiis staff had a day that will go down in history at the Battle of Bannockburn 3D Experience. The day out was part of our great programme of fun and active Easter activities.
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Children who foster share their experiences

02 June 2017

The children of foster carers play a vital role in the fostering process. Our ‘Children who Foster’ group in Dundee decided they wanted to share their experiences with others and thought what better way to do that, than to film their thoughts, feelings and experiences to form a short film.
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Swiis helping local junior football team to achieve

26 May 2017

Swiis Foster Care Scotland are very proud to be supporting East Fife 07’s, a local junior football team based in Leven, Fife.
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A well-deserved pamper day for our carers!

26 May 2017

It may have been raining heavily in and around Glasgow last week, but our West Central Carers enjoyed a cosy and warm pamper day at South Lanarkshire College in East Kilbride.
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