On the 12th of May 2017 Babs Patterson, lead panel member for the Children's Hearings Scotland for South Lanarkshire, came along with her colleague, Malcolm Devlin, Panel Practice Advisor to talk to the East Kilbride Rotarians about her work in the community. After a short DVD explaining the different roles of people such as Reporter, Social worker etc. involved in the hearings Babs then set out the background to the legislation which is unique in Scotland. In the late 1960's the Kilbrandon Report was commissioned setting out the terms of the Social Work Scotland Act 1969. This act provided an alternative path for young vulnerable persons who were in trouble and/or needed support and guidance and who might alternatively appear in court. The first hearings were held in 1971 and involved young persons from birth up to 18 years old. Babs stressed that the hearings are child centred, involve all family members, social work officers, schools and anyone else involved in the care of the child. The panels are made up of 3 volunteers, at least 1 male and 1 female, who are given extensive training on legislation and the range of measures they can consider such as compulsory Supervision orders. The hearings are held in the presence of the families and the reasons for all decisions explained to them. The vote of thanks was proposed by Rotarian Roddy Shanks who thanked Babs for a very interesting and informative talk.
The Rise and Fall of the printing industry was the topic of our speaker at East Kilbride Rotary Club lunch on the 19th of May 2017. Keith Stoddart has spent 35 years in the printing industry and experienced many of the IT changes. Earliest evidence of printing was in Mesopotamia, 3000BC however the first printing press was developed around 1440 by Johannes Gutenberg which could be considered the rise of the printing industry. High quality was required to deliver newspaper, flyers, marketing literature and other mediums. Techniques such as Lithography, Colour Printing and Typesetting were introduced during the recent centuries. Photography, Reprography, designers creating the ideas which were handed on to finishing artists led to the industry employing large number of people. The major changes have been during the last 30 to 50 years. The Fall came about with introduction of the computer which could carry out typesetting and then layouts. Professional photographers and reprographers are in the decline but there are still print finishers still in use. Today's digital printers can print , fold and stitch, all operated by one person. Keith talked about the effect printing had on some of our everyday sayings, Dab Hand came from dabbing the ink pad, getting hold of wrong end of the stick referred to the stick used for holding the type characters where they had to be inserted in reverse from the right side of the stick. The outlook for the future is 3D printing already being used in all types of commerce and industry. Our familiarity with 3D printing is related to small objects but Keith's presentation illustrated a car body, concrete bridge and a building all produced from 3D printing. In his vote of thanks Rotarian George McGraw thanked Keith for an extremely interesting talk but voiced his concern on driving on a 3D produced bridge.