What's it all about?

Project Return is focused on changing how the care system understands and supports trauma, this is being done through our steering group which is made of both care experienced voices as well as workers with experience. For Staf this project is a real opportunity to amplify the voices of people with care experiences alongside their workers and for this group's insight to be celebrated and harnessed to create meaningful and transformational change in how we understand trauma in the care environment.

What can you gain from joining the group?

The care and/or justice-experienced members will drive this project by sharing their insight, knowledge and experience. They will have their voice heard, hold a key role in a movement for change and will collectively create resources that enables a supportive environment to overcome adversity. And most importantly they will have fun!

Their workers will be able to gain knowledge and practice from others and be part of a movement for change.

Additionally group members have the opportunity to take on a Community Achievement Award through Kelvin College and to try and test different therapeutic activities that are of interest to them.

Our Steering Group sessions are open to anyone with care and/or justice-experience and their workers who are interested in the project and we also cover travel expenses.

What has the group done so far?

  • The project launched in September with an evening filled with hilarity and crafts. The night had three aims- to allow people to learn about the project and the role of the steering group and for everyone to get to know one another. If you’d like to know more a short blog can be found here
  • Our second session had us complete a tower challenge and then undertake a fun activity to set our group agreement. Lastly we looked at the changes we would like to make in the care system in how it understands and supports trauma. We did this creatively through a facebook timeline imagining these changes had been made, this was very light touch and it created really great and interesting discussions. 

  • At the end of October we had our third session which was a social outing to an escape room, which was a great way to take some time out and have fun. Some of the group also attended Staf’s Celebrating Connections event and had a day filled relationship and wellbeing activities with thera-pets, relaxation treatments and the WhyNotTrusts Relationship charter.
  • Last week we had our 4th session where we collectively thought about what we would like the project to achieve and used lego to do this. Currently the group has decided to focus on the through care and aftercare stage of someone’s journey and the additional relational and trauma supports that could be inserted into this stage.

Here’s a few examples of the lego built ideas:


When can you join?
The next session will be taking place at: 

Date: Tuesday 10th December
Location: Glasgow, Edward House (199 Sauchiehall Street) 
Time: 5.30-7.30

At this group gathering we will be exploring the group's identity with Jess Steele, Staf Marketing and Communications Officer. If you’re attending the group for the first time this is a great opportunity to get to know other members of the group and to find out more about the changes you could help create! 

What will this session offer you?

  • The space to meet others interested in trauma in the care system
  • The opportunity to express your views on the changes you’d like to see be made
  • Time to have fun and get creative
  • The chance to take part in relationship-building activities, designed to bring out your competitive side... but end in laughter! 

Would you like to get involved?

If you would like to join the project’s steering group, or you have young people and workers connected to your organisation who you think would be interested in joining, then please get in touch with myself on [email protected] or 0141 465 7518.

Booking for this event has now closed.