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Scottish Centre for Conflict Resolution Newsletter | January 2016



5000 No More #StopTalkListen

Over the festive period, the Scottish Centre for Conflict Resolution said 5000 No More.

At the end of the year we said no more to the nearly 5000 young people across Scotland becoming homeless, every year, due to relationships breaking down. This is equivalent to five high schools - and we believe that this is just the tip of the iceberg as many will stay with friends or family when they are asked to leave home.

But it doesn’t have to be this way. Mediation and family conflict resolution can turn lives around.

You can still join us on social media and make your voice heard.

How you can help:

• Take a photo of what you fall-out over, or write it on your hand/Post-It, take a selfie and post it to @sccrcentre using the #StopTalkListen;

• Share your top tips for resolving common arguments in your family;

• Tell us how we can support others going through difficult times too.

Check out our campaign page for more information and to join in


Find out more

From the blog

Why Year of the Dad is good news for Scotland’s families

26 Jan 2016

Nick Smithers, one of the trustees from Fathers Network Scotland, discusses Year of the Dad and how it provides a platform so that Dads are central to positive changes in their families lives.   

Visit their website for more information

From the forum

Chatter in the Community

We’re talking about ….

  • “As professionals do we incite lies?”  
  • “Untangling the Knots Dundee"
  • “The Human Cost of Conflict"
Last month the forum received 235 views with those benefiting from you sharing your knowledge, ideas and life experiences.


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Tweet of the week

Today we celebrate the importance of laughter. 10 cows r in a field which 1 is going on holiday? The 1 with the wee calf!


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Photo of the week

Upcoming events

The Gathering 2016 - The Circus of Life

What is it that makes conflict resolution so tricky? How do our family relationships spiral? With so many competing needs and interests, relationships can feel like a bit of a balancing act sometimes …. And no one wants to fall off the tightrope.

Every year 5000 young people become homeless in Scotland due to arguments at home. Managing relationships isn’t easy. Everything seems fine, then suddenly something flips and life can feel out of control. The science behind our reactions and interactions might feel complicated as our brain plays a vital role in whether we are able to respond or react to a difficult situation. Join the Scottish Centre for Conflict Resolution (SCCR) for the launch of our latest digital online resource and find out if you tend to tame the lion or do you blow your top?

Can't make it to the actual event? Don't worry. We're live streaming too...



SCCR CONFERENCE 2016 - Conquering Conflict...let's break the mould

FULLY BOOKED but waiting list is available. 


We are very much looking forward to our 6th national conference. To be held on Wednesday 24th February 2016 at the Radisson Blu Hotel Edinburgh, the conference will address the fundamental importance of reducing family conflict, the complexities of conflict and how early intervention can help to better support young people and families to manage conflict. The SCCR is continuing to empower people; creating a community that is supported and connected across Scotland to improve both relationships and life chances.

"From observing people who are in the front line and coming to conference events SCCR are undoubtedly providing support and mechanisms for people involved in frontline work."
Past conference delegate



  • Ewan Aitken, Cyrenians
  • Drew Drummond, Drummond International
  • Ailsa Carmichael QC, Faculty of Advocates
  • Dr John Coleman OBE, University of Oxford
  • Aileen Campbell, MSP, Minister for Children and Young People
  • Professor Charlie Irvine, Strathclyde University
  • David Duke, Street Soccer Scotland
  • Norman Drummond CBE FRSE, Drummond International
Unable to attend the conference? Don't worry as we will also be LIVE STREAMING the event so you can still participate with the day. More details to follow.

Duncan's Diary: the life of an SCCR Trainer

Busy week this week starting with completion of our Untangling the Knots course in Dundee. Drew Drummond, SCCR Patron, took time out of his busy schedule to present the certificates to participants who completed the 3 day course. A key reflection for most was to listen more and not to start processing solutions when working with people. The course has provided Abbey and I points to ponder before the next course in Glasgow but we were heartened by the feedback provided. The next day I travelled to Aberdeen, to deliver sessions hosted by One Stop Shop (Autism Scotland) on Wednesday and Thursday. Firstly to parents, very emotional start to the session as they introduced themselves and their situation. However by the end of the session they were able to interact with each other and for some managed to make contacts for support, which was great. On Thursday I delivered the session to those who work with the families. A very enjoyable month.

Duncan Gordon, SCCR Trainer


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 4493.


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

Big Fund The Scottish Government
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57 Albion Road
Edinburgh, EH7 5QY
United Kingdom

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