This report is on the experience of refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo who were settled in Motherwell from 2007 under the Gateway Protection Programme, the UK’s official refugee settlement programme. It follows up Duncan’s earlier research from 2008 which described a generally positive experience over the first year, but also concern over the emergence of potentially problematic issues for the future. This new report, based on work conducted in 2013, is able to provide a picture of how these issues were experienced and engaged with over the following five years. In analysing their findings, the authors make use of Oxfam’s Humankind Index and provide a number of recommendations for organisations and agencies, both locally and also more widely.
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This report provides a review of literature on social and employee-owned co-operative business models as a prelude to reporting on a study based on interviews with key figures in a range of such enterprises. The study explored how these businesses interact with and benefit their local communities. The authors provide brief case studies of a housing association, a credit union and a worker co-operative and conclude with a number of recommendations of interest to policy makers, practitioners and academics. In particular it is aimed at those who share, with UWS and Oxfam, an interest in creating ‘a more equitable and sustainable Scotland’.
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This report focuses on a women’s organisation in Govan called Tea in the Pot (TITP). The report is written in two parts, which can be read more or less separately. The first part presents research, designed and conducted by Maria Feeney, which examined the role of TITP in serving the needs of its local community. The report considers TITP in light of Ray Oldenburg’s concept of the ‘third place’ as a ‘great good place’. Based on interviews and focus group discussions with the women at TITP, it is suggested that TITP can be thought of as having ‘improvised’ a ‘third place’ in Govan, which has brought significant benefits to its members and to its wider community – on the basis of very limited resources. The second part raises the need for a viable common language which can allow local communities, policy makers, practitioners, NGOs, academics, etc. to speak together and to act together in confronting the problems in local communities. Drawing on the case study of TITP, it challenges the appropriateness of the language of ‘social capital’ which has been so prominent over the past decade and a half, and argues that a viable common language must be connected to the real history and experience of local communities. The report is a timely and challenging contribution to the debate amongst those who share the UWS-Oxfam Partnership’s aspiration for ‘a more equitable and sustainable Scotland’.
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Local authorities in Scotland have in the past been perceived as bastions of good practice when it comes to the provision of ‘decent work’. However, changing times have seen local authorities faced with reduced resources and increasing expectations. There are concerns that decent work at local authority level is at risk in the current economic, social and political climate. This research investigates these concerns with a focus on how human resources and organisational development personnel in Scottish local authorities think about decent work, how familiar they are with the terminology around job quality, how much importance they attach to the implementation of decent work practices, and what they see as central challenges to providing and promoting decent work.