The Edinburgh and Lothian Trust Fund (ELTF) has taken over the administration process of the Edinburgh Police Fund for Children. The purpose of the fund is to provide grants for outer clothing and footwear for school age children from families in “straitened circumstances” who reside in the City of Edinburgh district.
Summer is the best time to visit your shortlist of universities and colleges — almost all institutions have open days in June and July. Saturdays 17th/24th June and 1st July are the big ones with institutions across the UK opening. Wherever you are, or wherever you want to visit you’ll find a nearby university or college with an open day in the next few weeks.
Take a look at the Opendays.com Calendar for more info, maps and all the detail you need for the forthcoming dates.
We also have a list of the more local open days on our events page.
Respectme, Scotland’s anti-bullying service, provides free practical training designed to increase parents’ and carers’ awareness of bullying and the other risks and challenges children and young people face online. It includes a practical, hands-on session on social media, looking at how to set and manage profiles and privacy settings, to help ensure that children and young people are safe online.
Dates are now available for the Children and Families department of Edinburgh Council next series of support sessions for parents and carers who wish more information or are concerned about their pre-teen or teenager’s emotional wellbeing and mental health.
Two dates are available: Tuesday 25th April and Tuesday 30th May.
For more information or to book a place on any of the sessions please contact Jillian Hart, Parent and Carer Support Development Officer on 07860 736129
The ninth annual World Autism Awareness Day is April 2nd. This short film by the The National Autistic Society shows us how Holly, 12, experiences the world and becomes overwhelmed when she isn’t given enough time to process information. The video was produced so that Holly could reveal her autism to her classmates and talk about it openly for the first time.
The Children and Families department of Edinburgh Council are organising a series of support sessions for parents and carers who wish more information or are concerned about their pre-teen or teenager’s emotional wellbeing and mental health.
Each monthly session has a different topic focus. There is also an opportunity for parents and carers to meet other parents and supportive professionals in a safe relaxed environment.
Parents and carers of 11-18 year olds from in and around Edinburgh are welcome to attend any of the sessions that will take place on:
Tuesday 28th February 2017, Southside Community Centre, 117 Nicolson Street, Eh8 9ER, 6.30-8.30pm (There is on street parking available at the venue)
Caring for a Young Person with Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Issues. This session, facilitated by VOCAL, will explore the impact of caring for a young person with emotional wellbeing and mental health issues on family relationships. We will also cover stress management and available supports.
Thursday 30th March 2017, Southside Community Centre, 117 Nicolson Street, EH8 9ER, 6.30-8.30pm (There is on street parking available at the venue)
Anxiety – Exploring the symptoms and effects of anxiety on young people.
If you would like to attend please email Jillian Hart at the Parent & Carer Support, Children and Families.
On the 26th September we held a parents’ information evening for new S1 parents based upon our experiences as S1 parents and the things we wish we had known then. We have produced a short handout providing more information on some of the topics covered on the night.
The Edinburgh Competition Festival Association runs an annual festival that provides an opportunity for amateur musicians of all ages to perform their pieces in a friendly workshop environment and, along with other performers of a similar ability, receive constructive feedback and advice from a specialist adjudicator.
Newcomers are very welcome and they are keen to have more participants from state schools. If this is an opportunity you would like to pursue you can download their 2017 Syllabus, or contact them through their website or Facebook page.