About the SCCR

The Scottish Centre for Conflict Resolution (SCCR) is a newly established Cyrenians service that aims to reduce family conflict and is a national resource centre for best practice in conflict resolution, mediation and early intervention work.

Managing Conflict

Conflict happens for a myriad of reasons, across our lives, relationships and communities, sometimes with minimal consequences - but there are times its impact can be overwhelming, making life seem impossible and the future impenetrable.

Built on partnerships with a wide variety of colleagues and collaborators across the country and years of experience through Cyrenians conflict resolution services and Amber mediation, the SCCR aims to support young people, their families and those who work with them.

Story of the Cyrenians


'The Faces of Transition' 10th National Conference

10th National Conference ‘The Faces of Transition’ is held exploring the connection between our past, present and future and SCCR 4 year report and 2019 National Survey 'Transforming Conflict: Improving Relationships & Lives' is published capturing the Centre's work and survey responses from young people, parents/carers and professionals working with them across Scotland relooking at the issues and themes previously raised and to consider if these have changed over time.


'Connections & bridging the divide' - SCCR International and Digital 2020 Conference Festival

SCCR hosts it's first digital conference festival during the COVID pandemic bringing together speakers, film makers, writers and artists from around the world who talked from their heart and experience, combined with the opportunity to engage in interactive workshops and the arts. Our unique, international and inclusive conference was in response to the growing need for connection, understanding, kindness and compassion in 2020 more than ever.


National Young Person's Event

SCCR hold National Youth Conference at Glasgow Science Centre to over 100 young people and supporting staff. In addition, Cyrenians and Glasgow Science Centre sign a Memorandum of Understanding, helping Scotland deepen its understanding of neuroscience and brain chemistry, and its impact young people’s mental health and wellbeing, child development, conflict at home and in wider society


Meet Your Emotional Homunculus and the Brain’s Amazing Drugs Cabinet

SCCR launches ‘The Emotional Homunculus and the Brain’s Amazing Drugs Cabinet’ Project resources at our National Conference held at Glasgow Science Centre and ‘gifts’ Scotland and Maree Todd MSP, Minister for Children & Young People new suite of free, innovative and multi-media digital tools to help reduce conflict


Faculty plays host to SCCR Reception

SCCR Annual Reception held in the Advocates Library. Hosted by Gordon Jackson QC, (Dean) and welcomed by Angela Graham QC (Vice Dean) Faculty of Advocates


Parliamentary Reception - Invitation to the Brain's Amazing Drugs Cabinet

SCCR showcase new digital development, resources and published report with an evening reception in the Scottish Parliament, sponsored by Iain Gray MSP


National Survey 2016

SCCR 2016 National Survey ‘Reducing Conflict, Improving Lives’ published painting a picture of conflict across Scotland and includes five key recommendations for Scotland


Do you flip your lid?

#KeepTheHeid quiz launched at The Gathering 2016


Are you a Monkey Genuis or a Lord of the Lizard?

#MonkeyVsLizard launched at the Edinburgh International Science Festival


The launch of SCCR! Improving relationships, Improving lives

Funded by Scottish Government Third Sector Early Intervention Fund, the Scottish Centre for Conflict Resolution (SCCR) is launched at our first national conference in Glasgow. Key note address by Aileen Campbell, MSP for Children and Young People


Amber Mediation goes green

Amber mediation established by Cyrenians. Pioneers integrated support model for homelessness prevention. (picture: amber worker with client)


A place in the country

Cyrenians Farm was purchased and opened as a therapeutic community and an alternative to the pressures of the city.Now over a dozen ongoing projects including: Homelessness Prevention Service, Cyrenians Communities, Cyrenians Farm and Good Food.


In the beginning...

Skippers 24-hour drop-in established in Edinburgh's Grassmarket by Father Anthony Ross.

The UK-wide Simon or Cyrenian movement of the 1960s encouraged members of local communities to open hearts and minds to people who rejected or were rejected by normal society. Practical help to combat poverty, isolation and homelessness would be provided by setting up outreach services and shared homes, run as conscious communities, offering a sense of belonging and involvement as much as a place to live: an alternative community.

In 1968, the Charity formally established by deed of trust – and City Community project opens at Broughton Place.