Everyone Home Collective
Mental Health Awareness week Zoom activities
Covid-19 Care support worker roles
A Message from our CEO and Chair.
Time for a new approach to reduce drug-related deaths
Introducing our Perth & Kinross services
The sum of the parts
Latest annual report available
Celebrating 20 years of Turning Point Scotland
Talking Point Podcast
Video explainers
New photography exhibition challenges perceptions of poverty
Podcast: Going for glory at the Homeless World Cup
Podcast on latest drug-related deaths figures
Blog: reaction to latest drug-related deaths figures for Scotland
Latest podcast visits 218
20th anniversary special podcast
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon addresses the crowd on the 20th anniversary
The First Minister’s visit to Turning Point Scotland – in pictures
Turning Point Scotland – the first 20 years
Everyone Home Collective

Everyone Home Collective

Turning Point Scotland Director of Operations and Homeless Network Scotland Chairperson, Patrick McKay has been working alongside the Everyone Home Collective to permanently end homelessness in Scotland.

The Everyone Home Collective is a combination of 19 influential charity sector organisations. Yesterday, Everyone Home presented a joint plan to the Scottish Government based around 3 immediate priorities which set out a way forward for local and national efforts to permanently end rough sleeping and homelessness in Scotland as we emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic.


The 3 immediate priorities include:

  • prioritise prevention, create as much housing capacity as we can now and make a longterm commitment to increase the supply of homes for social rent
  • permanently prevent a return to previous levels of rough sleeping in all areas
  • no evictions into homelessness, the end of avoidable evictions and the threat of illegal evictions.

Patrick McKay, Chair of Homeless Network Scotland and Operations Director, Turning Point Scotland said:

“The majority of people and organisations in Scotland that care about homelessness agree that the Scottish Government’s Ending Homelessness Together Plan is the right approach, and we were making progress. However, the onset of this pandemic demanded a rapid response to keep people safe. Since March we have managed to accommodate and support all those who wanted to be indoors, including people with no recourse to public funds such as people seeking asylum in Scotland. Throughout, local and national government, charities, health and housing associations have worked together.

It is now imperative to secure that progress. The pandemic will have a disproportionate impact on people who experience all types of disadvantage, potentially driving up homelessness. By implementing the measures outlined in this plan, Scotland has a unique window to end rough sleeping and mitigate the impact of all forms of homelessness.”

Mental Health Awareness week Zoom activities

During Mental Health awareness week, TPS Connects and our Alcohol & other Drugs recovery services in North Ayrshire and Aberdeen have collated a list of weekly Zoom activities and mutual aid groups.

These activities are open to everyone supported by Turning Point Scotland.

ZOOM WITH US

TPS Connects

MONDAY WHAT’S UP? – 11am –  Participants will be encouraged to talk about how their week has been and will get feedback from other participants  – this feedback should be constructive, responsible, positive and non judgemental whilst trying to focus on what the individual has said and not asking questions.

Zoom ID: https://zoom.us/j/808679869  NO password needed

WEDNESDAY QUIZ  – 3pm –  TPS connects are hosting a quiz day. 

ZOOM ID: https://zoom.us/j/540990603  NO password needed

THURSDAY FITNESS  – 11am – Keep fit zoom hosted by our service in Aberdeen who invited us to join them.  Get ready to build up your fitness – you don’t need to be fit to start!

ZOOM ID : https://zoom.us/j/89160400050

Password : 153122

FRIDAY WHAT’S UP? – 11am – Participants will be encouraged to talk about how their week has been and will get feedback from other participants  – this feedback should be constructive, responsible, positive and non judgemental whilst trying to focus on what the individual has said and not asking questions.

ZOOM ID: https://zoom.us/j/808679869     NO password needed

SATURDAY RELAX AND UNWIND –1.30pm –  Lets have some relaxation time to destress from the week and prepare for the week ahead. All participants will be muted on entry to this zoom so its not a chance to talk it’s a chance to enjoy the peaceful time.

ZOOM ID : https://zoom.us/j/99886834863 

Password: 833034

Covid-19 Care support worker roles

Covid-19 Care support worker roles

Would you like the opportunity to experience working for Turning Point Scotland and the social care sector in a way you may never have envisioned before? 

This is an excellent opportunity to play your part in supporting Turning Point Scotland’s response to the Covid-19 crisis by delivering support and care to a range of service users and develop valuable experience and skills. 

For more information on our Covid-19 care support roles and the locations we are recruiting in, click here.

A Message from our CEO and Chair.

A Message from our CEO and Chair.

Please be assured that Turning Point Scotland is committed to continue to provide the highest standards of care for the people we support, and to ensure that our dedicated staff can do so in a way that minimises risk to them and those around them, during these current difficult times.

We are working closely with our board to re-prioritise across our Scotland-wide operations. We are focusing efforts to best support those in the most pressing need whilst monitoring and responding to local needs. We are in constant touch with partners in essential services and government and we remain alert to national guidance as it emerges.

Whilst no-one can predict how events may yet unfold, our entire team, from our board, to our leadership team and the wider staff across Scotland we are united; we will always give our best to get to those who depend on us. 

Neil Richardson OBE QPM         Prof Robert MacIntosh

CEO                                           Chair of the Board of Trustees

Introducing our Perth & Kinross services

Introducing our Perth & Kinross services

We’ve a number of new support services operating around Scotland and you can hear about one of them in Perth in this short video. Well done to colleagues in the Fair City for putting it together

The sum of the parts

The sum of the parts

It’s been a busy old time, with lots of staff and service developments. Here’s a quick run through of what we have been up to recently in this short video

Celebrating 20 years of Turning Point Scotland

Celebrating 20 years of Turning Point Scotland

You can now take a trip down memory lane to see how Turning Point Scotland has grown, developed and evolved since 1999.

Check out the timeline charting our history until the present day and add your own memories, thoughts and comments

Talking Point Podcast

Talking Point Podcast

Talking Point brings you interviews and conversations from across the social care sectors we work in, discussing the latest trends and issues affecting homelessness, drug & alcohol misuse, justice, learning disabilities and more.

Visit http://www.buzzsprout.com/342488 or visit Spotify
https://open.spotify.com/show/4Qk0uBC8zCtyHQkaF6nT4h to download or subscribe.

*Image by Ryan McGuire from Pixabay

Video explainers

Video explainers

Want to find out more about what we do as an organisation and the different support we offer but short on time?

We are creating a series of bite-sized video explainers to give a short snap shot of our work in different sectors of social care.

So if you have just a few minutes to spare, these provide a brief overview of how we help people.

You can find them in the video section of our website
http://www.turningpointscotland.com/videos/ or on our dedicated YouTube channel
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpzFdYn_z1RpEuQ9tQU3Ccw

New photography exhibition challenges perceptions of poverty

New photography exhibition challenges perceptions of poverty

A group of people from Turning Point Scotland have photography work on display at the Mitchell library in Glasgow.

Hannah, Kevin, Maria, Mick, Natasha and Sammy are students of Turning Point Scotland’s Connecting Citizens Programme. They co-curated an exhibition with the Open Museum as part of the course.

The group decided to tackle a subject that is close to their heart and want the public to be more aware of.

They said:

‘We had the whole of Glasgow Museums collections at our fingertips – we could have chosen anything from art to ancient Egypt, but we wanted to focus on something contemporary and relevant – something we all had experience of.


We started by looking at objects related to poverty in the Glasgow Museums collection. We discovered that they were not up to date. Does poverty in still exist in Glasgow? Look around and you will see it does.

We also looked at photographs in the collections and that gave us the idea to go out into our communities and take our own. You have probably seen similar scenes around Glasgow – we are trying to challenge the way that they are now seen as ‘the norm’.’

Elaine Addington, Open Museum Curator, Glasgow Museums said:

‘People should go see the display firstly because the photographs are brilliant and an absolute credit to the students who took part.

Also they will be images that probably resonate with the viewers own experiences of Glasgow, but will hopefully make them question their willingness to accept this as the norm. The group were thrilled that the work is being shown beyond Turning Point Scotland’.

Podcast: Going for glory at the Homeless World Cup

Podcast: Going for glory at the Homeless World Cup

The Homeless World Cup kicks off July 27th in Cardiff, hosting more than 500 players representing over 50 countries.

Scotland travel to the Welsh capital hoping to complete a hat-trick of victories after wins in 2007 and 2011.

Flexible Homeless Outreach Support Service staff member James Maclean coaches the Scotland team and spoke to our Talking Point podcast before the tournament got underway:

https://www.buzzsprout.com/342488/1452082-episode-6-homeless-world-cup

This podcast is also available via Spotify

*Image by Greg Montani from Pixabay

Podcast on latest drug-related deaths figures

Podcast on latest drug-related deaths figures

As Scotland experiences another rise in the number of people lost to a drug-related deaths – 1,187 up 27% on last year – this episode of Talking Point looks at the context behind the data and what we can do in response with Trish, Practice & Development Lead for Alcohol & Drugs, Turning Point Scotland and Phil, a TPS Connects volunteer:

https://www.buzzsprout.com/342488/1417126-episode-4-harm-reduction

Blog: reaction to latest drug-related deaths figures for Scotland

Blog: reaction to latest drug-related deaths figures for Scotland

PatriciaTracey, Practice & Development Lead for Alcohol & Drugs, Turning Point Scotland:

“Year on year we’ve seen a horrifying rise in the number of people lost to a drug-related deaths.  This year we see this number reach 1,187, up 27% on last year.  But it was horrifying last year too when 934 people died, an 8% rise and 105% higher than in 2007.  And the year before that when we lost 868 people.  After so many years of reporting so many deaths, these numbers start to lose meaning.  Turning Point Scotland employs 1,300 people across around 180 locations spread across the country; the number of people who died from a drug-related death this year represents nearly our entire workforce.

Each year, when these figures are published we are confronted with an uncomfortable truth that we manage to, if not ignore then at least keep to one side; our approach to problematic drug use is failing. 

In recent weeks I’ve found cause for (cautious) hope that there might finally be a shift in our thinking, where I might not have expected to find it.  The Daily Record published a bold front page calling for the decriminalisation of drugs.  In his evidence to the Scottish Affairs Committee Inquiry into problem drug use in Scotland, ACC Steve Johnson stated his support for Glasgow’s planned safer consumption site as well as reform of the Misuse of Drugs Act (1971) that shapes our legal framework.  In our evidence to the inquiry we called for an approach to drug policy and legislation that is based on the evidence of what works and what does not.  Just a couple of weeks ago, the Conservative Party launched a Drug Policy Reform Group that promises to “…provide a policy forum promoting evidence-based assessment and discussion of drugs policy.  Our overall aim is to facilitate authoritative and informed consideration of current prohibition policies and any reforms which could reduce the public harm caused by drugs.”

It seems that we might be ready to start asking some big important questions.  I sincerely hope we are, but this cannot distract us from the urgent need for leadership, change and action on the ground NOW.  There is much that we can do within the current framework, if the will is there, because this is not just about drugs policy or drug services.  We need to look across our criminal justice, homelessness, mental health, education, social work services.  We all need to ask ourselves how we can do better for the people who are falling through the net of our public services. 

I really believe that we could have prevented the vast majority of these deaths.  I know that we are missing opportunities every day to keep people alive.  I hope that we’ve finally reached the point where we act, with real commitment and conviction, to stop the deaths.”

Latest podcast visits 218

Latest podcast visits 218

In this episode you can visit 218 and hear how Turning Point Scotland’s innovative women’s service has been addressing the underlying reasons why women end up in the justice system with Sandra, service manager, Amy, support practitioner and Catrina, one of the women staying in residential. 

https://www.buzzsprout.com/342488/1396471-episode-4-218

20th anniversary special podcast

20th anniversary special podcast

Our latest podcast features highlights of the day Turning Point Scotland celebrated 20 years since it became an independent social care provider and developer on the 1st July 2019.

Chief Executive Neil Richardson, Craig MacKenzie, staff member and former service user, and First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon MSP addressed the crowd at Head Office (apologies for slight disruption to sound quality caused by high winds on the day)

https://www.buzzsprout.com/342488/1392451-episode-3-20th-anniversary-special

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon addresses the crowd on the 20th anniversary

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon addresses the crowd on the 20th anniversary

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon MSP thanks Turning Point Scotland for our contribution to social care over the last two decades at the 20th anniversary event at Head Office.

Turning Point Scotland – the first 20 years

Turning Point Scotland – the first 20 years

This short animation celebrates the 20th anniversary of leading social care provider and developer Turning Point Scotland