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Sherpa Union

The Power of People! SCIF's International leadership movement from the community-up.

“It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.”
Edmund Hillary

Our world is at a turning point, few people doubt that we are facing great challenges in how we support and care for
ourselves and others, whilst searching for meaning in our lives and work.

Surviving Survival -Against the backdrop of overlapping threats, deep worries, self-doubts and hardships, the volatile financial and political systems struggle to adapt to our complex changing needs.

In the face of this barrage of seemingly never-ending negativity we are growing Sherpa Union in the hope we can show each other compassion.
For You! For Me ! For Us! Together !

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Share & Care

Share & Care is aiming to be a sharing community of people who can use an alternative currency to pay for goods, spaces, services and supports.
The idea grew out of our work on Trade School Glasgow and bartering alongside our core belief that everyone has something to offer regardless of their situation.

Times are tough for many people and we hope that by encouraging small groups of people to consider what they need and what they can offer we can grow a community of mutual local support.

At the moment we are speaking to possible partners in South Glasgow who are rooted in communities and who are as passionate about this idea as we are.

More details about Share & Care and how you can get involved will be coming very soon.

In the meantime if you are keen to help please email

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Paragolf Scotland

Making the impossible possible....

It is less than 9 months since Social Care Ideas Factory, the host of Paragolf Scotland, invested in its first Paragolfer.
With the fundraised support of Mearns Castle Golf Academy and a local business man, we are now making plans to take ownership of Paragolfer #2 and launch ‘Paragolf Scotland’.

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Wee Enterprizers

The Wee Enterprizers are a group led by SCIF who formed in 2014, and comprise of individuals who use the support of KEY Community Supports, Deaf Blind Scotland, C-Change and Capability Scotland.
Together they are increasing discussions and activities to re-imagine alternative work opportunities with people with a disability.

All of the SCIF members involved in the group have undertaken a 6 days training course ‘Developing Your Social Enterprise’ run by SEA. The key aims of the group are to have ten operational kitchen table businesses which they have supported, up and running by 2015; and to develop a pioneering support model designed to assist people to put their enterprise into action, with flexible resources and additional support available where necessary by 2015.

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Support Integration of Health & Social Care in Glasgow

Social Work Services and SCIF have a long history of working together to help improve outcomes for users of social care services in Glasgow.

SCIF have recently been working with Glasgow Social Work Services to agree specific objectives and outcomes in our new Service Level Agreement. Once this is signed off at the Social Work Services Senior team we post a copy here.

Glasgow Public Protection Awareness week

The second Public Protection Awareness Week (PPAW) was held in Glasgow on 1st - 5th December 2014 on behalf of Glasgow’s three public protection committees – Adult, Child Protection committees and MAPPA.

SCIF are currently planning the next PPAW in 2016 with Glasgow Health and Social Care Partnership.

The week aims to strengthen Glasgow communities, agencies and organisation's understanding of local and city wide responses to Public Protection.
The PPAW will bring together a broad range of partners from the community, Third sector and statutory agency.

Here is the dedicated website to give you a flavour of what people created

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Self-Directed Support in Scotland & across the world

Today we all face the global challenge of how to support each other to reclaim our power, take back control and make more informed choices in our lives, especially when it comes to our health and care needs. With decreasing monetary resources and increased recognition of the value of alternative economies to tap into what we all bring and know in order to share, learn and support each other.

Self-directed support (SDS) is the Scottish legislation and programme that allows people to choose how their support is provided to them by giving them as much ongoing control as they want over the individual budget spent on their support.

The values that are core to SDS relate to areas that SCIF are committed to.How people 'self-direct', 'self-determine' and ultimately lead in their own lives?
We are interested in how Self-Directed programmes are developing in other parts of the world and methods to encourage greater empowerment.

SCIF's community has grown with many taking up our free subscription from countries like USA, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Italy , Canada, Sweden and Finland.

We have been checking out with them their ideas and similar Self Directed Support programmes.

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The Gallus Press

SCIF have a track record of doing this differently. While the world is digitalising, we are not only embracing different ways to communicate across social media and technology but are now hatching a plan to launch our own publishing wing 'The Gallus Press'.

The word 'Gallus' (ga-luss) is a Scottish word meaning 'Bold, brave or daring' . We plan to publish a pocket book series of ideas, inspirations and quotes to tell stories in a different way.

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Trade School Glasgow

Trade School Glasgow is the first of its kind in Scotland. It is an alternative, self-organized learning space that runs on barter. We are proud it is the first in the world to focus its classes on compassionate topics like well-being, social care, personal and community development. We hope the school will help build stronger, more empowered communities. The most unique thing about Trade School Glasgow is that no money is involved - anyone will be able to pitch an idea for a class and equally, lessons will be free to attend by all.

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Tradeschool Everywhere

Since the crisis, Trade School has run classes on a barter system in over 30 cities. More than 19,000 students and teachers have taught or attended a Trade School class somewhere in the world! In exchange for these classes, students have traded goods and services with teachers, but money has never exchanged hands.

Should we make a book?

Please support our Kickstarter campaign through Friday, October 2nd!


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Women's Warriors Basketball Team - Scotland's first and only all women's wheelchair basketball club

At SCIF we are always keen to support in any small way BIG ideas that have the potentiality to change lives. Here's an idea where SCIF invested a very small amount of seed money and the hard work was done in a short time frame by a group of women who got together and made it happen.

Our long term colleague and friend Anne Marie Monaghan, who had been central to SCIF's growth for many years, came to us with an idea we couldn't NOT be interested in....the 1st Scottish women's wheelchair basketball team.

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