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29 July 2013


NCH CONGRATULATES JAMES R NIVEN, THIS YEAR’S PRESIDENT OF THE RESIDENTIAL CHILD CARE ASSOCIATION 

 

Family News from the National Children’s Home November – December 1967


Mr James R Niven joined the staff of the Children’s Home in 1946 when he was appointed Steward at Princess Alice School.  From Birmingham he came south to Harpenden in 1950 to take a similar appointment under the Superintendency of Mr Edward Shutt.


It was appropriate that Mr Niven should eventually become Superintendent of Cathkin House, Rutherglen, the Glasgow Branch of the Home, for such an appointment meant a ‘return home’ for Mr Niven.  Born in Glasgow, he found his spiritual home in the Glasgow Methodist Mission and grew up to become closely involved in all sections of the Church life.  He became an Officer of the Boys’ Brigade, a Youth Leader and Sunday School teacher.  All this experience with young people stood him in good stead as he entered upon his life’s work in child care.


What is the RCCA?


The RCCA is an Association of men and women who are personally involved in residential child care.  They have joined together to increase their knowledge of children at risk and to share their experiences.  Their objectives are to maintain and improve the standards of residential child care throughout the United Kingdom and Europe.


To this end, the UK has been divided into Regions and each Region into Branches.  Within these structures meetings are arranged at which specialists in child care and allied subjects are invited to speak and lead discussions.  Regions and Branches join to organize Day and Week-End Conferences – often in co-operation with other sister organizations.


The whole membership (many of whom may not be able to attend meetings) is bound together by the Association’s monthly Journal The Child in Care, which gives details of the activities of the Executive, Regions, Branches and similar matters.  It also details information concerning Central and Local Government planning, etc, relevant to child care.  Articles and correspondence make profitable reading in a well presented manner.


The Association has the privilege and responsibility of being, in many important quarters, the mouthpiece of residential child care workers.  It accepts this opportunity of service to its members.


The affairs of the Association are guided by an Executive Committee comprising the officers of the Association (Secretary, etc) and an elected representative from each of the Association’s Regions.  It is presided over by the Association’s National President who is elected annually by a vote of all members.  In his year of Office he represents the Association in many ways up and down the country, visits Branches and Regions and generally stimulates the whole of RCCA.  We anticipate a thrilling year under the vigorous leadership of Jim Niven – our first Scottish President.  

           

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Aug 5 13 8:02 PM

5 August 2013


THE HOME SAYS THANK YOU ... MR J R NIVEN 

 

NCH OUR FAMILY NEWS Spring 1979


Jim Niven joined NCH in 1946 as a Welfare Officer at the Princess Alice School, Birmingham, having just completed six years’ service in the Royal Air Force, and brought to his new task a wealth of experience among young people.


His gifts as an organiser were soon in evidence and during his period at Princess Alice he and Margaret, his wife took responsibility for a group of 19 senior boys.


In 1950 there was a move to Harpenden as Steward (Deputy) where he became much involved in youth work and the presentation of competition stage plays in Hertfordshire.


Scotland


In 1954 Jim and Margaret returned to their ‘ain folk’ when property had been acquired in order to commence work in Scotland.  Together they established the first home at Cathkin House, Rutherglen, and for 16 years continued to develop the work with great drive and much resourcefulness.  Always, Jim was ably supported by his wife.  These were years of much activity in Scottish child care and education, representing the National Children’s Home on a number of bodies among them the Scottish Home Advisory Council on Child Care, the Committee of Co-operation in Child Care, the Executive of the Scottish Association of Voluntary Child Care Organisations.  He was also for a period co-tutor under the Scottish Education Department for child care refresher courses, a member of the selection committee for Glasgow University Advanced Course and the Edinburgh Preliminary Courses.  Locally, he was a member of the district sub-education committee and a founder chairman of the Rutherglen Academy Parents’ Association and convenor of Cathkin Primary School.


He served the church in Scotland as a circuit steward, trustee and member of the Inter – Church Relations Committee and was, of course, an accredited local preacher from the year 1934.


Again, during this period, he became the first Scottish President of the Great Britain Residential Child Care Association for the year 1967-68.


Further responsibilities were undertaken toward the end of that 16 years’ service in Scotland when Jim was appointed Scottish Officer for the whole of Scotland.  This involved much travel and during that period his wife assumed full responsibilities.  By the time they moved south again in 1970 another branch had been established in Pitlochry and plans were completed for the building of a hostel and special unit at Cathkin.


Harrogate


Jim soon established himself in Harrogate and made a very vital contribution to the life of that branch and area, continuing many of the same interests and drawing greatly upon his experience.  We in the North- East Region have enjoyed his colleagueship, his humour and his ready ability to meet new challenges, even at a time when many would be looking for an easy passage into retirement.


More widely within the Home, Jim will be remembered for his inimitable Master of Ceremonies performances at the Convocation concert each year, together with that seemingly inexhaustible fund of stories but, above all else, I think he will be remembered for his great energy and anxiety to represent, at all times, the needs of staff and children, and his constant desire to ensure that the work of the Home was driven forward in the most acceptable ways.  All of this could not have been achieved without the marvellous support of his wife, Margaret, who has quietly and persistently been behind all his endeavours.  They have been blessed with a son and three daughters, now all married and giving to them nine grandchildren.


We wish both of them a long and happy retirement.  They will not be lost from the Region for they are retiring into the county that they have come to love, and the best of all, Yorkshire.


B P Blades          

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Aug 11 13 10:25 PM

Thank you very much for this story about my Grandparents. I have forwarded it onto a number of the family to read. Strange after all these years all this is now coming out.
Thank you very much for posting
All the best

Richard Niven
(J R Niven's grandson)

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Mar 8 15 5:51 PM

was in Cathkin House when Mr. Niven was Superintendent.

Hello Richard.
My Site User name is Paul21.
I've just joined your Forum.
Me and my Family were one of the First Children taken into Care at Cathkin House back in 1955s.
I lived there from being a Baby until 9.
Many memories.
Can you please Reply and I will tell you more.
I'm new to this Site and not sure how to see replies etc. Maybe you could advise.
I'm now 61 years old and living in Blackpool.
I had two brothers and two sisters in the Home with me but actually was not aware of our connection until leaving because I grew up in the Home and new nothing else and believed all the Children there were my Brothers and Sisters.
I missed Carhkin very much after leaving as I had known nothing else.
A lot of good memories and a few not
Foster parents etc.
I'm Happily Married to a Beautiful Lady and settled.
Would Love to hear from anyone who was in or had connection to Cathkin House.
Paul21

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Mar 8 15 5:53 PM

was in Cathkin House when Mr. Niven was Superintendent.

Hello Richard.
My Site User name is Paul21.
I've just joined your Forum.
Me and my Family were one of the First Children taken into Care at Cathkin House back in 1955s.
I lived there from being a Baby until 9.
Many memories.
Can you please Reply and I will tell you more.
I'm new to this Site and not sure how to see replies etc. Maybe you could advise.
I'm now 61 years old and living in Blackpool.
I had two brothers and two sisters in the Home with me but actually was not aware of our connection until leaving because I grew up in the Home and new nothing else and believed all the Children there were my Brothers and Sisters.
I missed Carhkin very much after leaving as I had known nothing else.
A lot of good memories and a few not
Foster parents etc.
I'm Happily Married to a Beautiful Lady and settled.
Would Love to hear from anyone who was in or had connection to Cathkin House.
Paul21

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Mar 9 15 11:30 AM

Remember Mr Niven

HI all,
I remember Mr Niven when he was at Harpenden.  I would have been 10 years old at the time, so not a lot of personal interaction with him--just that he was around.  He seemed very nice.  I remember his daughter (alas, I've forgotten her name) had an accident with her eye.
Shelagh

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Mar 11 15 10:05 PM

I remember Mr Niven

..Mr Niven ican remember him at Harpenden i believe that he toke over from Mr Guy,i must admit it toke me some time to understand what he was saying due to his deepScottish accent, ialways find him too be a very fair man,and i can remember him playing the violin iam not quite sure how good he was best regards Bertie B. ex Harpenden

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