Thursday 29th August 2019

SSS partner with CHANGES

In a bid to positively change the culture in Student sport, SSS have partnered up with the CHANGES Programme. The CHANGES: Train the Trainer programme is designed to up-skill staff in the network to deliver awareness workshops to clubs in attempt to tackle the challenge of initiation and hazing activity within student sport. Read more about the new partnership below!

SSS has signed an official partnership agreement with the CHANGES Programme which is an exciting next step on our journey to positively change the culture within student sport. We have worked with Professor Moira Lafferty (University of Chester) and her colleague Dr. Caroline Wakefield (Liverpool Hope University) for over a year now and we are excited to see what the future holds off the back of this new partnership.

Through the partnership we aim to deliver:

SSS Commitment

  • To utilise SSS communications channels (both physical and digital) to members in order to promote and market the CHANGES programme to sports departments and student unions.
  • To formally endorse all CHANGES resources with the SSS brand as a demonstration of the partnership.
  • To formally support the development of a ‘train the trainer’ development model in order to grow the delivery workforce capable of delivering the CHANGES intervention in Scotland.
  • To provide ongoing support through SSS staff, Development Committee and Equality Steering Group.

CHANGES Commitment 

  • Continue to provide SSS members with the CHANGES workshop programme and components at a not for profit delivery.
  • Run in collaboration with SSS ‘Train the Trainer’ workshops so we have people trained at Regional level to run the workshops.
  • Update materials and make these available.
  • Work with SSS to further develop CHANGES to tackle anti-social behaviour beyond welcome and initiation activities.
  • Provide support, input and updates at Conference and meetings as required.
  • In all work involving CHANGES with other Educational groups / student sport acknowledge and reference the partnership agreement with SSS.

“Working with both SSS and BUCS is really important as we continue to address negative initiation activity and educate about positive welcome events North and South of the border, making student sport safe and inclusive for all.”

Lead researcher, Professor Moira Lafferty, from the University of Chester’s School of Psychology, said:

“Signing the partnership with Scottish Student Sport as lead researcher and developer has cemented the work myself and my colleague, Associate Professor Caroline Wakefield, from Liverpool Hope University, have been doing with SSS over the last 12 months and builds on our already developed partnership and work with British Universities Colleges Sport. Working with both SSS and BUCS is really important as we continue to address negative initiation activity and educate about positive welcome events North and South of the border, making student sport safe and inclusive for all.

“This partnership means that CHANGES is recognised formally by all those in charge of student sport on the UK mainland and is recognition of our work and the success of the programme.”

Train the Trainer Course

The next Train the Trainer course takes place on Thursday 5th September at ISE, University of Dundee. The deadline for signing up is Monday 2nd September at 12:00. Moira’s research displays the advantages of having external staff deliver the CHANGES workshops with club representatives and there is an ambition that across the Scottish network we develop a workforce that enables institutions to support each other to train up all 614 clubs in the network.

Sign up here for CHANGES: Train the Trainer

Michael Webster, from the University of Edinburgh participated in the training last year and from that, co-delivered a workshop to over thirty sports club members at Robert Gordon University.

He said: “The Train the Trainer course was engaging, informative and eye-opening. The effects of hazing and negative group events can be catastrophic, so to have the ability to deliver workshops with the aim of positively influencing the culture of student sport clubs, feels incredibly impactful, and fulfilling on a personal level.

“The tools and techniques from the course have allowed me to frame conversations around looking to the future, creating new traditions, and utilising team building techniques to create inclusive, positive and safe welcome activities.”

“The tools and techniques from the course have allowed me to frame conversations around looking to the future, creating new traditions, and utilising team building techniques to create inclusive, positive and safe welcome activities.”

The current list of available trainers can found below, and will be updated after 5th September.

Michael Webster – University of Edinburgh – michael.webster@ed.ac.uk

Bethany Lawrie – University of Edinburgh – Bethany.Lawrie@ed.ac.uk

Jamie Taylor – University of Glasgow – Jamie.Taylor@glasgow.ac.uk

Catherine Wilson – Heriot Watt University – catherine.wilson@hw.ac.uk

Eamonn Laird – University of Dundee – e.y.laird@dundee.ac.uk

Nicola Scott – Scottish Student Sport – nicola@scottishstudentsport.com

Megan Richardson – Scottish Student Sport – megan@scottishstudentsport.com

Gavin Rittoo – Scottish Student Sport – gavin@scottishstudentsport.com 

 

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