Grants from ELTF

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.

The information leaflet available here as a download explains who can apply for assistance and how to apply.

University Open Days

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 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.

Free online safety training for parents

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.

For further information and to book a place at their next event on 15 JUNE 2017, please contact

respectme was launched in March 2007.  The service is fully funded by the Scottish Government and is managed by SAMH (Scottish Association for Mental Health) in partnership with LGBT Youth Scotland.

Parent and Carer Support Sessions

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.

Parent and carer support sessions poster

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

Autism Awareness Day 2017

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.

Parent and Carer Support and Information Sessions

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.

Support sessions poster

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.

Parents’ evenings

Parents evening The Broons

Parents’ evenings at secondary school are a big change from primary school. Here are a few ideas to help…

  • The staff sit at desks in the assembly hall and canteen area, arranged by subjects. Helpful tips post-itYou move round to find the teachers you have appointments with.
  • There are maps on the walls to help locate teachers and departments, that are grouped together
  • Appointments are 5 minutes long.
  • Your child picks appointments
  • If you want to speak to a particular teacher your child needs to get an appointment on his/her ‘dance card’
  • These are very busy evenings. Appointments tend to slip and you may need to be in two places at once!
  • Top tip: Speak to others waiting to find out their times.
  • There may be an opportunity to speak with individual teachers at the end of the evening or if they have a gap in appointments.
  • Parent Council members and senior staff will be there, so feel free to ask for help

You can always contact school via the office to ask to talk to subject teacher (or pupil support) if you have more detailed queries to discuss.

Edinburgh Competition Festival Association

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.

Sketch of piano player

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.