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Young Scot have posted a great interview on their website with Sue McGillivray, a life coach who is based in Glasgow. If you are a young person who is a bit shy or would just like to be a bit more confident why not have a read.
Sue provides some useful tips like writing down ten things that you like about yourself and trying not to compare yourself to other people. They seem really simple but they’re all about believing in yourself!
If you are a young person with cerebral palsy (CP), Colin Young, a research assistant at Glasgow University, who also has CP, would love to hear about your experiences of any treatment therapies you have had. His research would involve him talking to you about your experiences and recording the discussion and everything you say will of course be strictly confidential.
If you think you’d like to be part of Colin’s research, contact him by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org or on 07988724449.
It’s Carers Week this week and to celebrate there are lots of exciting things happening across Scotland.
In Edinburgh a group of young carers, with help from Edinburgh Young Carers Project, created a fantastic art trail across the city.
The trail includes loads of great artwork including street art, poetry and sculpture. If you want to follow the trail, you’ve got until Friday 12th June. If you want to have a closer look find the route here.
Over the bridge, Fife Young Carers launched a film to highlight some of the ways that being a young carer can affect your life. It also explains the help and support Fife Young Carers project can provide. Click to watch the film.
WELL DONE to all the young people involved. Brilliant work!
An organisation called The Fostering Network have looked at how many times teenagers who live with foster carers (carers who are not family members) are moved around.
The findings show that teenagers move from foster family to foster family quite a lot. (40% of teenagers are already with their third family). Some teenagers have been with more than six families. It’s a problem for younger children in foster care too.
Moving between foster families can be upsetting and can make going to school really hard especially if you are worried about where you are going to stay or have to move schools. It can be hard to keep up with school work but also keep in touch with your friends and family.
Enquire has a guide for young people who are looked after which explains your rights to support in school if you need it. It explains what type of support you might get and what to do if you think you need a bit of extra help.
If somebody in your family drinks a lot, it can make things hard at home but it can also affect how you get on at school. It can be really difficult to concentrate in class if you’re worried about what’s happening at home. It can be tough to get homework done if you have to look after younger members of your family or if people are fighting.
There is now a new website for young people who are affected by somebody else’s drinking. It’s called A.D. A. M (it stands for Another’s Drinking Affects Me) and it has loads of helpful advice and stories from young people who’ve gone through the same thing. For example, Amy shares her story about how her dad’s drinking affected her:
“When my Dad got drunk I would get scared and when he didn’t come home, I would worry something really bad would happen. One day at school I just broke down. I ended up speaking to a teacher about what happened at home.”
A.D.A.M. has lots of helpful tips about things you can do that might help and places you can go to for help and support.
There is an exciting opportunity for two Creative & Digital Media Modern Apprentices to join the NHS Public Health and Business Unit. Successful candidates will be based in NHS offices in Edinburgh or Glasgow. Starting salary is £15,714.
This Modern Apprenticeship is made up of two parts. Firstly, it is a Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ Level 3 or SCQF Level 7) and secondly, you will gain the opportunity to work on many Creative & Digital Media functions whilst working as an apprentice. The apprenticeship is for one year and in that time you will receive a detailed training programme supported by Glasgow Kelvin College and Young Scot, mentor support and encouragement so that you will have the foundations of a worthwhile and rewarding digital career.
For an informal discussion or further information on the programme, please contact Clare Harper on 0131 275 6392. For an application pack please contact NSS.WFRS@nhs.net
Sometimes if you’re struggling to go or stay in school, are having a difficult time at home or people are worried about your wellbeing or safety, you might be asked to go to a Children’s Hearing. This is a legal meeting that children and young people can be asked to go to with their families or carers to help them with their problems. If you’ve never been to one it’s normal to be a bit worried about attending and talking to people you don’t know.
The people who run Children’s Hearings want to make them as easy for children and young people as possible. With the help of some young people they have produced a video to explain what will happen before and at a hearing. Have a look by clicking on the picture below:
There’s also lots of useful information for children and young people on the Children’s Hearing Scotland websit
Who are the best people to make things easy to understand and interesting to other children and young people. We think the answer is easy! Children and young people themselves!
So we are VERY excited to be part of Get Live: Getting together to get it right, an event all about finding the best ways to share important information about health and wellbeing with children and young people. Anybody who’d like to share their ideas is welcome and there will be lots of support available on the day. It’s important children with additional support needs get involved so their views are heard too!
So if you are aged between 8 and 11 and you like sharing your ideas, having fun, and learning stuff, click on the flyer to find out more and then talk to a teacher, youth worker or parent about coming along. They can then contact Cat Thomson at Children in Scotland on 0131 313 8803 or email@example.com to find out all the details.
If this sounds right up your street but you’re older (aged between 12 and 18) get in touch with Young Scot on firstname.lastname@example.org who are organising the event for young people.
We were really lucky at our annual conference this year to have a group of Park Mains High School pupils helping us capture the buzz, the chat and the inspiring presentations on film.
Working with Media Education, Robyn, Myren, Kaleigh, Ross, Rhys, and Robyn J, spent the conference filming, interviewing speakers and delegates and generally working their socks off to capture the best bits of the day.
Here’s the final film. We hope you like it – we think it’s brilliant!
The Scottish Commissioner for Children and People have produced an updated leaflet all about young people’s rights.
Definitely worth checking out!