Recently we said goodbye to Melanie and Rebecca, our two student placements. They had been with us over the summer as part of the University of Glasgow Settlement Find a Solution Programme.GUS_Logo

During that time they completed a stakeholder analysis and before completing a range of stakeholder surveys and interviews. The final report with their findings and recommendations for us to take forward. has just been finished. And at the beginning of the month, along with the other particpants in the programme, they made their final presentation to an audience of invited guests including the Chancellor of the University, Kenneth Calman.

The Settlement focuses on developing partnerships between the University and voluntary DRCET_StreetsAhead_Kingsway_Jun13organisations in the city, with the concept of pioneering new ideas remaining at the heart of its work. Through the ‘Find a Solution’ project, the Settlement provides the opportunity for students to work on clearly defined projects that aim to enhance the work of voluntary organisations.

Reflecting on the research project on the students said, “Completing this research project with DRCET has been a great way of using research skills introduced at university in a ‘real world’ context: I have really enjoyed engaging on environmental issues with a wide range of individuals. It has also given me insight into the day to day running of a small environmental initiative, which will be very valuable in terms of my future career plans.”

FAS_Garden_01_20130808copyA big thank you to all the organisations and people that completed a survey or who were interviewed by the students. And a big thank you to the University of Glasgow Settlement for selecting us to be part of the programme.

And of course a big thank you to both Melanie and Rebecca for all their enthusiasm and hard work helping us to Find a Solution!

The students will be giving a presentation about their research, the findings and the recommendations at our Annual General Meeting, which will be held in The Whiteinch Centre on Wednesday 23rd October.

The other organsiations that participated in the programme this year were:

Shopmobility Paisley and District – providing a free service helping people with limited mobility toshopmobility-logo visit Paisley town centre independently, with freedom and confidence. Shopping and travelling can present a range of challenges for people with mobility issues, who often have to rely on friends and family to help with these everyday activities.

The Scottish Cot Death Trust was founded in 1985 and is the only cot death charity in Scotland. It has three main aims:

  • To improve and extend the support for bereaved families
  • To raise funds for research into the cause(s) of cot deathlogo
  • To educate the public and health care professionals about cot death and ways of reducing the risks