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Leith Walk Policebox Pop Up Space

The Edinburgh police boxes are unique in that they were designed by the city architect Ebenezer McRae to complement the city’s neoclassical architecture. Dating from the 1930s, they are made from cast iron and weigh 2.2 tonnes. They were used by Edinburgh City Police for telecommunications as that was an era when telephones were not commonplace and police officers did not have personal radios. Read more

Action Research: The Outcomes Star and Developing Novel Methodologies

What follows is the start of my action research project deconstructing of the Outcomes Star, a metric bureaucracy instated in various support-need junctures which the person receiving support has to fill in and go over with the person who is giving the support. This is one of various types of bureaucracy which people have to face (both citizen and worker).  Read more

Action Research: The Situation I am In; The View From The Other Side by Alex Dunedin

What follows is the writing up of my lived experience of struggling with the over bureaucratisation of my life.  It became a project when several years ago I realised that I was going between several agencies all tasked with supporting me trying to rehabilitate from a life where I had been homeless.  I fell into what is categorised as ‘multiple needs’. Read more

Drug-related Harms in Homeless Populations: Response to Call For Evidence and Dialogue

What follows is a submission for Scottish Parliament of perspectives relevant to drug related harms in homeless populations plus correspondence on the submission. There was a call for evidence and participation from people with lived or living experience of drug use. As a part of this initiative, which is feeding into the redevelopment of national policy for the next ten years, I have become a participant in a number of roles and groups; one of them being a contributor to the steering committee of the Drugs Research Network based at Stirling University. Read more

Photo Collection: Mad World Exhibition 2017

This is a collection of photos showing the work which was brought together that made the Mad World Exhibition in 2017.  You can read about the ideas by following THIS LINK.  The exhibition held at its heart a space where questioning of attitudes to mental health, mental illness, madness and identity was encouraged particularly in light of the Psychiatric Survivors Movement which legitimately challenges and drives forward understandings today.

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Trouble in Paradise: ‘Positive Prison ? Positive Futures…’; An Interview with Pete White

What kind of society do you want to live in ?  One which is structured around control and retribution or one which is built on the principles of rehabilitation and forgiveness ?  For me this question sits at the heart of what we refer to as the law and criminal justice system.  Read more

On the Autism and Vaccine Debate Piece by Maurice Frank

This was a collision between 2 meanings of autism. The word’s meaning has broadened and shifted balance since able autism, asperger’s, has become recognised, and as another level of a condition whose severe versions had been recognised sooner. While more severe autism is a clearly visible condition, social deficits autism in folks of average ability had more struggle to be recognised, against interpreting as just part of character or of mental health. Read more