Having trouble viewing the email? Open it in a browser

  Scottish Centre for Conflict Resolution logo 

Scottish Centre for Conflict Resolution Newsletter | February 2016



SCCR 6th National Conference - Conquering Conflict, let's break the mould

On Wednesday the SCCR held it 6th National Conference. Over 100 people from across Scotland and beyond came together representing a whole range of different organisations and families to talk about conflict, it's impact on family life and how we can work together to bring about change.
The SCCR were delighted to be in a position to welcome highly regarded speakers in their respected field including:

  • Drew Drummond, Drummond International & SCCR Patron
  • Ewan Aitken, Cyrenians
  • Ailsa Carmichael QC, Faculty of Advocates
  • Dr Sara Watkin
  • Aileen Campbell, MSP, Minister for Children and Young People
  • Professor Charlie Irvine, Strathclyde University
  • David Duke, Chief Executive of Street Soccer Scotland
  • Norman Drummond CBE FRSE, Drummond International

There was a brilliant buzz in the room while people shared their own personal experiences of conflict and the reasons they had chosen to become involved in the work that they do. For some "conquering conflict" was about hope - A hope of changing the culture of conflict in Scotland. For others "breaking the mould" was about choosing how to manage conflict differently in their own lives and making a choice to respond in a new way.
Change, Hope, and Kindness were 3 of the common themes running throughout the conversation being had.

Quotation mark

Preventing people from experiencing the misery of homelessness is a priority for the Scottish Government and services like SCCR’s National Resource Centre will provide vital help for those at risk of becoming homeless. I am delighted we have been able to support Edinburgh Cyrenians with £240,000 of funding to allow them to continue their important work.

While the overall number of homeless applications has fallen for six consecutive years, we recognise there is more work to be done and we will continue to work with partners like SCCR to tackle the root causes of homelessness.

Aileen Campbell MSP, Minister for Children and Young People


New SCCR Films

The SCCR were delighted to premier new films at our conference. These films demonstrates not only the impact family conflict can have on our lives but also how conflict resolution services can help families through this difficult time. A personal thank you to the families who were kind enough to share their stories with us, as well as Abbey and Andrew who shared their professional knowledge and experiences.

Change comes from within

Young People and Families

Films of all the conference speakers and a highlight reel of the day will be also soon be uploaded onto our YouTube channel so stay tuned!

Films by Jamie Halvorson,


Find out more


Launch of new digital resource #KeepTheHeid


Last week the SCCR took to the stage at The Gathering 2016 to launch our newest digital resource #KeepTheHeid.

Inspired by Dr. Dan Siegel’s “flip your lid” model of the brain, the resource was designed to help people think about and understand their reactions and responses to difficult situations. The resource uses circus characters to explore whether you tend to be as cool as a cucumber or if you blow your top in different situations. Sometimes when we understand our reactions and responses and name our emotions we are better able to manage them and do something differently or as Dr Dan Siegel says “name it to tame it.”

Dr Sara Watkin joined us on stage to talk about how the brain controls our reactions and what we can do for ourselves and each other if our stress response is activated in order to bring us back.

So are you a Controlled Contortionist or a Fiery Human Cannonball?!

Take the quiz and share your results

Find out more

From the blog

The Circus of Life #KeepTheHeid

17 Feb 2016

Abbey Krause, SCCR Mediation and Conflict Resolution Advisor joins the circus and tells us all about the SCCR's new online digital resource #KeepTheHeid.

From the forum

Chatter in the Community

We’re talking about ….

  • “Share your story”  
  • “Conquering Conflit - Lets break the mould"
  • “The Circus of Life #KeepTheHeid

Last month the forum received on average around 485 views with those benefiting from you sharing your knowledge, ideas and life experiences.

Come and join in the conversation.  



Twitter flag


Tweet of the week

I’m a controlled Contortionist! Take the quiz to find out who you are via


Twitter flag

Photo of the week



The SCCR can also deliver free conflict resolution training in house to young people, their families and the organisations or groups who work with them, and we are keen to work in partnership with others.

If you are interested in hosting a training event or have an idea for a seminar, local event or blog, please do get in touch! You can email us at or call us on 0131 475 44


Resolving Conflict with Jamie and Mr Clubber

In this exciting video from the Cyrenians Conflict Resolution Services, enthusiastic presenter Jamie and his petulant puppet pal Mr. Clubber explore the completely normal, complex and potentially destructive emotion; ANGER!!!!

A great resource for teachers, parents and young people Resolving Conflict with Jamie and Mr. Clubber supports us to understand the anger cycle, find tips and tricks for managing our anger and start an open and honest discussion about why some of us get so angry in the first place!

Find out more


Funded by the Third Sector Early Intervention Fund
Edinburgh Cyrenian Trust is a registered charity in Scotland, number SC011052

Big Fund The Scottish Government
Scottish Centre For Conflict Resolution
Norton Park
57 Albion Road
Edinburgh, EH7 5QY
United Kingdom

Add us to your address book

Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp