Stirling Council is committed to being bold and ambitious, and to delivering quality services which are tailored to the different needs of our communities. It’s an exciting but challenging time for Stirling and for local government generally – the changing demands of our citizens and communities and developments in technology means we need to continually be thinking differently about how we do things. We don’t believe that a top-down approach is the answer – we believe that the ideas which will best take us into the future as a Council already exist amongst our staff and we want to enable those ideas and help to make them a reality.
“At Stirling Council, one of our main priorities is to work with and learn from each other and our partners, so we are delighted to partner with The Lens. We know by sharing knowledge and utilising the innovative ideas of our dedicated staff, we will not only be empowering our workforce, but finding new ways to further enhance our services and ultimately support the people of Stirling.”
Stewart Carruth, Chief Executive
Children's Hospices Across Scotland
CHAS is the only charity in Scotland that provides vital hospice services for children and young people with life-shortening conditions.
We offer care for the whole family in our two children’s hospices, Rachel House in Kinross and Robin House in Balloch. We also run a homecare service called CHAS at Home helping families in their own homes across Scotland when they need it most.
We are currently supporting over 415 families, as well as a significant number of families who receive bereavement support.
"We have just launched our new strategic plan, Reaching Every Family in Scotland, and we felt this was absolutely the right time to partner with The Lens.
We have a wonderful and incredible team of staff and volunteers who are committed to supporting babies, children and young people with life-shortening conditions and their families across Scotland. To reach all of the families who need us, we need some great ideas and who best to develop them? Our front line staff and volunteers.
That is why it is so exciting working with The Lens."
Maria McGill, Chief Executive
Alzheimer Scotland is Scotland’s leading dementia organisation, providing care, activities, support, information and advice to people with dementia, their carers and their families. The charity aims to improve public policies relating to dementia and be a voice for the 90,000 people in Scotland currently living with dementia.
"I am delighted that Alzheimer Scotland has partnered with The Lens. Innovation and intrapreneuriship is vital to the future development of charities, especially during such challenging times, and Alzheimer Scotland is committed to providing our staff with an ongoing opportunity to take their ideas and innovations from an inspired thought to reality.
The Lens programme provides an excellent opportunity for staff to develop their business skills and to see their ideas for improving our services and support brought to life. They benefit, the charity benefits and most importantly the people we support benefit.
We look forward seeing how the partnership and process can enhance our approach to innovation and we’re keen to see the creativity and the intrapreneurial skills of our team."
Henry Simmons, Chief Executive
Renfrewshire Council is a local authority operating in the West of Scotland with 9000 staff delivering services to a 174,000 strong population. Our vision for Renfrewshire is to be a fairer, more inclusive place where all our people, communities and businesses thrive. We are an ambitious council and despite the ongoing challenges of the financial climate we are focused on achieving better outcomes for local people through continuous improvement and working closely with our partners. We have a number of ambitious programmes being delivered in Renfrewshire, such as our Tackling Poverty programme; our Economic Framework and Town Centre regeneration plan; and Glasgow City Region City Deal projects.We are also in the process of bidding for Paisley to be UK City of Culture 2021, which will bring significant benefits to the town of Paisley if successful!
"I want to highlight how please I am that Renfrewshire Council is going to be the first Local Authority to partner with The Lens. I believe it’s vital that we do more to capitalise on the knowledge and expertise that resides with our front-line staff and ensure that they have a strong voice in helping to share and improve our services during a period of ongoing budgetary pressure. Our involvement with the programme will help the Council develop the skills and confidence of our staff and create a supportive environment where staff feel empowered to bring forward changes that positively impact on our local communities."
Sandra Black, Chief Executive
Loretto Care provides a range of care and support services across western and central Scotland. It works with a diverse range of people experiencing or at risk of homelessness, learning disabilities, addictions, mental health, alcohol-related brain damage and young people. Loretto Care’s overall aim is to ensure it provide individuals with a level of care to live happy and independent lives. Its working practices are underpinned by compassion, care and respect, delivered in a cost-effective way that enables people to develop to their full potential.
"I am delighted that Loretto Care will be one of the partners with the Lens. It is a fantastic opportunity for develop our staff and their intrapreneurial skills within a framework that will bring benefits to the People We Work For, the business and individuals. This exciting project will lead to many ideas being created and innovation being embedded across our service delivery. Loretto Care is part of the Wheatley Group which also has 4 Registered Social Landlords, 1 Factoring Company and 1 Commercial Company and we look forward to applying the learning from Lens approach across the wider group also."
Cathy Fallon, Director Loretto Care
Every day across Scotland, Cornerstone provides care and support services for adults, children and young people with disabilities and other support needs. We care for individuals of all ages and with a variety of needs, including learning disabilities, physical disabilities, autism and dementia, as well as running several social firms offering employment and training opportunities.
“At Cornerstone, one of our organisational values is to be pioneering. This means we are continually striving to enhance our services and ways of working. This pursuit of innovation is championed at every level of the organisation - from senior management, right through to the frontline team members who directly deliver our care services in local communities across Scotland.
With the landscape of the social care and charitable sectors having changed considerably in recent years - and with more changes on the horizon - never has the need for innovation and enhanced sustainability been more important. In view of this, we are absolutely delighted to be partnering with The Lens programme and look forward to seeing the process enhance our approach to innovation and also encourage our staff to become intrapreneurs and to realise their creative ideas and potential.”
Edel Harris, CEO
The Prince’s Trust Scotland helps young people to get into training, work or set up in business. By supporting those who face barriers including poverty, a lack of support at home, mental or physical health issues and problems with alcohol or drugs, we give young people the confidence and skills needed to change their lives.
Our range of programmes provides support at every stage of a young person’s journey into employment, regardless of their starting point. We believe that with the right support and investment all young people can achieve their full potential and create a brighter future for themselves.
"Prince’s Trust staff are entrepreneurial and innovative and we want to capture that spirit to support more vulnerable young people into work, training or business. One of our staff met an unemployed young person on a bus and before they got off had helped them to get onto a Trust programme.
This is just one example of why we are excited about being part of The Lens which we hope will empower our staff to use their passion to make a difference to even more young lives."
Allan Watt, Director, Prince’s Trust Scotland