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Scottish Centre for Conflict Resolution Newsletter | May 2016


Beat that #ExamStress

It's exam time and for most of us exams are stressful! It can be a really challenging and emotionally charged time for people; anxiety, worry, fear of failure, anger or frustration; “I just don’t get it!” Expectations are high and it’s taking every ounce of energy and concentration just to keep yourself in the game.

The impact of such stress and anxiety on individuals and their health is real. But what about our relationships? How does exam stress specifically impact our family relationships? A stressed out, highly anxious, exhausted person sounds like a recipe for disaster and this means our relationships can suffer. We will have a short fuse, our focus and attention is warped and we are really short on time for regular life things like eating, doing dishes, or even spending any significant time with family.

We asked our friends on social media to share their top tips and pieces of advice for young people and families to help them cope during the exam period and other stressful times in their lives. Thank you to
Children 1st, Iona Youth Community, CYPCS, YPeople, Hey Sigmund and others for contributing!

What can you do for each other during challenging times and how do we make sure our family relationships don’t suffer? Follow us on social media and share your tips for surviving #ExamStress

From the blog

International Day of Families: Celebrating Kinship Care

16 May 2016

May 15th was International Day of Families and to celebrate we were honoured to have Matthew Slavin, National Kinship Care Supervisor from Children 1st share what family for kinship carers.

"Children who can’t live with their parents are often dealt a tough hand and adults who take these children into their care are faced by difficulties and challenges as well. In spite of the emotional hardship, stress and exhaustion, Kinship Carers go beyond thoughts of themselves to raise and nurture their grandchildren, nieces, nephews, siblings and loved ones, through many dark hours and bright moments too."

What does family look like to you? Did you do something special to celebrate International Day of Families?

Upcoming events

Free accredited training opportunity

Perth and Kinross - 22nd June

Edinburgh - 5th July

The subject of conflict resolution is vast; however, this training identifies generic core elements that individuals, irrespective of their role, will benefit from. The training will give participants the opportunity to reflect on and understand some of the dynamics of conflict within relationships. The training supports the overall aim of the SCCR - to reduce the risk of youth homelessness through reducing family conflict.

Who is it for?
The course is aimed at practitioners working with families, parents and young people and has been designed in such a way that it allows the practitioner to share their knowledge and experience with like-minded individuals. The delivery is informal and is a mix of presentation, discussion, activity and evaluation.

What does it cover?
The training session will allow participants to review and explore the following

  • Relationships - meaning and value
  • Conflict - a term of reference
  • Perspectives - behaviour norms
  • Growing up - stages and influences
  • Triggers - silly wee things
  • Anger
  • Response Styles
  • Resolution resources
What can you expect from us?
  • The SCCR will commit the dedicated resources to host and deliver the course.
  • It will be delivered in a safe, informal environment conducive to the learning, to encourage as much shared learning, reflection and group discussion as possible.
  • Networking with liked minded individuals and peer education,
  • We are able to offer the course free of charge at point of access.
  • CPD certificate of attendance
Quotation mark

[By attending the training I feel] more confident to work with the family and individuals and confident in outcomes and my own ability.

Understand, Communicate and Resolve training attendee, May 2016



The SCCR can 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! 

The SCCR can also come and present to your team or group if you would like to find out more about what we do.
You can email us at or call us on 0131 475 2493.


Duncan's Diary: the life of an SCCR Trainer

Earlier this month I was in North Ayrshire delivering an open session. It was great to see representation from many sectors including education, mental health, local authority, NHS, addictions, and employment. The experience in the room was expansive but all with a common purpose – to support others to improve their relationships and lives. Some of the key learning outcomes taken away that day included the understanding of conflict and relationships, the stages of growing up and getting the chance to discuss these with other agencies. 100% of the participants identified the training as relevant not only to their work roles but also to in their personal/family life and would recommend the training to others.

My colleague Abbey, SCCR Mediation and Conflict Resolution Advisor, and I also presented to the local CAHMS team in East Lothian, organised by a keen supporter of the SCCR and Conflict Resolution Services, Dr Sara Watkin. Abbey and I informed the team of the different Cyrenians mediation and conflict resolution services and promoted the SCCR, in particular the online resources such as Monkey VS Lizard and #KeepTheHeid.

Looking forward to next month where I’ll be delivering open sessions in Glasgow and Perth and Kinross and in house training to Citadel Youth and YPeople.

See you next month!

Duncan, SCCR Trainer

From the forum

Chatter in the Community

We’re talking about ….
  • “Mandatory Mediation - Scotland needs a different approach”  
  • “Unfortunately we can't all go to Hogwarts!"
  • “Kinship carers go beyond"
  • "We're here to help"

Last month the forum received on average around 1500 views with those benefiting from you sharing your knowledge, ideas and life experiences.

Come and join in the conversation.



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Tweet of the week

Time to do something about the conflict in a relationship? Get some easy to understand advice


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Photo of the week


SCCR shortlisted for CRFR Gillian Evelyn Award

During May, The Centre for Research on Families and Relationships invited organisations to apply for the Gillian Evelyn Impact award for organisations who have effectively used research to improve the situation for children or families or to address issues in personal relationships.


The SCCR provided evidence that our original National Survey research and focus groups  informed the development of our events, training and resources. We were then  able to provide strong evidence of  the subsequent positive impact of these events and resources on the lives of young people and  families.

We were thrilled to learn that our application has been shortlisted along with another 7 entries and will be judged at CRFR's International Conference next month. We'll be sure to keep you posted on the outcome.


Find out more


We acknowledge the support of the Scottish Government through a CYPFEIF and ALEC Fund Grant. Cyrenians is a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO), registered charity SC011052.

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