Young selves and the sharing of meaning
Young selves and the sharing of meaning
Lauriston Hall, 28 Lauriston Street, Edinburgh EH3 9DJ
Annual Report 2009
Overview of the year
The last twelve months have been eventful and successful for the Sutherland Trust which continues to thrive in terms of core business. Attendance at the two annual lectures has consolidated at approximately one hundred people per event, approximately £5,500 was allocated for twenty successful awards, our trustee complement has been sustained and reciprocally helpful relationships exist with other likeminded organisations such as the Scottish Institute of Human Relations and the Howard League for Penal Reform.
It has been also been a year in which trustees assumed new roles. Following the AGM in September 2008, Dr Chris Holland became Treasurer, Dr Desmond Ryan became Company Secretary and Marshal Schwenn became Administrator and Financial Worker.
A further change of personnel occurred in June 2009 when Jo Hilton resigned as Development Worker and the Trustees agreed to appoint Marshal Schwenn to the twin roles of Administration and Development effective from July 2009. Careful attention to governance of the Sutherland Trust has progressed with the adoption of a three year strategic plan which is revised annually and distils into a yearly action plan.
The first lecture of the year in the autumn was entitled: “Are We Bothered” which involved a joint presentation by Jonathan Wood and Stephen Fischbacher with the key purpose of engaging colleagues in education to explore ideas concerning emotional literacy. This lecture attracted new attendees and it sought to consider techniques which would help young people engage with their emotion. The combination of musical and literary approaches resonated well with psychodynamic thinking and a new audience.
The Spring lecture focussed on the work of Isobel Menzies Lyeth and was entitled “The Art of the Possible” and given by Dr Tim Dartington. This lecture celebrated the life of Isobel Menzies Lyeth and specifically revisited her work on the ways that organisations can defend against inherent anxiety. This lecture gave Trustees the opportunity to consider this valuable addition to the literature in relation to future work in the public sector.
The Autumn lecture was given by Dr Jane Polden and was entitled “Behind Closed Doors – Exploring Therapeutic Process in the Prison Community. This lecture dealt with a therapeutic community in the south of England and reflected upon the dynamics and processes experienced in a living and learning opportunity. The re-offending rate of prisoners was significantly reduced following this experience compared to the main prison community. This lecture was presented in collaboration with the Howard League for Prison Reform and chaired by Professor Angus Skinner.
Outcomes from the lectures have been specifically valuable for underpinning future work still in the planning stage. This year, the lectures appear to have attracted an increasing number of younger people which has expanded the database. Logistically, the lecture format is designed to maximise discussion and a café style of seating enables this to occur.
Our “conversation” in September involved Dr Gavin Miller giving a lecture on “Scottish Psycho therapy and Christianity” and specifically included reference to the work of R. D. Laing. This prompted a lively exchange of views.
In addition, monies from lectures, lat year’s Book Festival and Bank interest augment the financial position.
Governance of the Trust
Profile of the Trust
Trustees constantly seek to promote the mission and values of the Trust and have been extremely successful in maximising professional contacts in this respect.
Grateful thanks are offered to all trustees for their constancy and imagination in ensuring that the Sutherland Trust has had another very successful year of operation. Particular thanks are offered to Lesley Boyd, Vice-chair for assuming the Chair for a couple of months during the year and for writing the annual report for the Gordon Small Trust AGM. Trustees take responsibilities very seriously and give considerable personal time and energy to the annual activities.
Dr Sheena E. E. Blair
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