Scottish Centre for Conflict Resolution celebrates 10th anniversary

26 March 2024
SCCR 10th anniversary comms card

Cyrenians Scottish Centre for Conflict Resolution (SCCR) will mark ‘a decade of conflict resolution’ on the evening of Thursday, 28 March when it celebrates its tenth anniversary at a reception at the Scottish Parliament. The event is sponsored by Sarah Boyack MSP and Minister for Children, Young People, and Keeping the Promise Natalie Don will address the reception.

SCCR was launched in 2014 with a mission to reduce levels of youth homelessness in Scotland. Then, as now, the chief cause of youth homelessness is relationship breakdown within families (according to 2022/23 Scottish Government Statistics).

Over the past decade, SCCR has worked across all 32 of Scotland’s local authorities to share best practice in conflict resolution work via high-quality evidence-led products including online and in-person training events and psychoeducational digital resources.

Consequently, SCCR has contributed to a wave of change in Scotland where we’ve moved away from the stigma associated with asking for help towards a culture where parents and carers feel encouraged to seek support. When SCCR began, 6,000 young people per year were presenting as homeless in Scotland; today, it’s closer to 5,000.

SCCR’s tenth anniversary reception will be held almost to the same day as its 2014 launch. Before an invited audience, SCCR will use the high-profile reception at Parliament to highlight the work it has completed since 2014 and to look what it can achieve in its second decade.

To mark the anniversary, SCCR is also runing an exhibition in the Members' Lobby at the Scottish Parliament this week. Sponsored by Sarah Boyack MSP,  the exhibition gives SCCR the opportunity to raise awareness of its service with MSPs.

Minister for Children, Young People, and Keeping the Promise Natalie Don says, ‘The Scottish Government’s ambition is for all children to grow up loved, safe and respected so that they can reach their full potential. Keeping The Promise by 2030 will ensure this ambition is turned into a reality for all care experienced children and young people.

‘We recognise and appreciate the role that Cyrenians Scottish Centre for Conflict Resolution is playing in Keeping the Promise for care experienced children, young people and adults by helping to reduce family conflicts and it is a privilege to be addressing their tenth anniversary reception later this month.

CEO of Cyrenians Ewan Aitken says, ‘Ten years is a long time and many things have changed, but one thing that has remained constant has been Cyrenians Scottish Centre for Conflict Resolution’s commitment to tackling deep-rooted and often hidden social challenges and disadvantages. Through working strategically and in partnership, digitally and in-person, SCCR has provided hope to families that their arguments can be concluded before the point a young person leaves home to sleep rough or sofa surf.’

SCCR scaffolding