To help people during the current lockdown situation and to mark Mental Health Awareness Week, this e-bulletin will focus on youth services and information to support mental wellbeing
Connected Communities in East Lothian
Our Connected Communities teams have been very busy, working closely with local volunteers and resilience groups across the county, to assist people affected by COVID19. This has included co-ordinating food supplies for people who are shielding and self-isolating, along with other essential items such as sanitary products and hearing aid batteries. Our staff have also been supporting the Children’s Hubs and providing virtual support remotely.
Spotlight on Port Seton & Gosford Connected Communities Team
The PSG Connected Communities Team are developing work with families supported by Cockenzie and Port Seton in Bloom. Families will have the chance to try their hand at growing their own sunflower, lettuce and sweet pea seedlings at home. There will also be the opportunity for families to use the family recipe cards (in development) and use the ingredients to make a meal at home. Families can learn new skills, develop self-confidence and have fun when they grow their own plants or make a meal together.
Plans are afoot for the PSG CC team to engage online with small groups of young people (in the social groups they normally mix in) in a different way from the usual senior youth work provision. Watch this space for further details on House Party!
House Party is an app that allows you to play games, quizzes, hangman, Pictionary etc. with other users. Youthlink have published some guidance on good practice for use by professionals with young people.
A survey of young people in Scotland has highlighted their concerns about COVID-19. Click here for the full report
This report provides a picture of what young people are worried about – and the impact that COVID-19 is having on their lives.
As well as the Council’s Connected Communities staff, there are activities and support for young people also being delivered by:
MYPAS (Midlothian & East Lothian Young People’s Advice Service)
We help young people (aged 12 to 21) to deal with issues including: mental health and drug and alcohol use
MYPAS has updated and improved their website for young people, parents and professionals: www.mypas.co.uk
There’s the new “Looking after your wellbeing during lockdown” page that has loads of handy tips and ideas on how to look after yourself at this time. Topics include information on sleep, money worries, substance use, keeping to a routine, exercise, support, looking out for others, food and being mindful.
East Lothian’s online source of mental health and wellbeing information https://bit.ly/2Z16pkG TRAINING AND EVENTS
Mental Health awareness week, join MYPAS on 22 May, 11:00 – 12:00 as they look at what self-care is, why it’s important and give you the space to see what that might look like for you. This webinar is suitable for a broad range of working contexts and has come from a series of seminars exploring the area of mental health with those who work with children and young people.
Fast Forward - Gambling and Young People
Fast Forward have launched a new advice booklet for parents and carers, offering practical advice and information to help them have open, positive conversations with their children- please find the information and link attached.
The Gambling Education Hub is now offering free webinars, to continue supporting services across Scotland during the lockdown, and they are letting you know about the sessions specifically for organisations working with parents, carers and families.
They are running the following webinars, which you and your colleagues can sign up for:
Like all their trainings, these webinars are specifically tailored for your sector, and will continue to be an interactive experience to help participants engage with all the content and discussions throughout the session.
We are supporting young people on our #YSHealth panel to create health information content and other health-related services for young people. We are currently recruiting more young people from across Scotland to join the panel. Please share this opportunity with young people you know and encourage to sign up https://young.scot/get-involved/national/young-scot-health-panel Useful links
Do a Dynamic Youth Award at home!
Youth Scotland are offering Hi5 and Dynamic Youth Award (DYA) at home too! After ordering you will receive a pack including printable and editable versions of challenge sheets. Orders can still choose to receive and use the free toolkit for the Hi5 at Home and mix and match DYA and Hi5 products.
For more information https://bit.ly/2WmPur4
Who Cares? Scotland
Who Cares? Scotland have a phone line set up for Care Experienced People to provide advice, guidance and support on managing anxiety and practical issues relating to the current situation. WCS are also providing money for shopping, bills, phone top ups etc. to support Care Experienced Parents and Children/YP.
During the week, hundreds of events and celebrations take place across the country, to say thank you to volunteers and recognising their invaluable and diverse contribution to Scotland.
There has been an amazing formal and informal volunteering response to coronavirus. Volunteers’ Week is a great way to say thank you and to show our gratitude and recognition. We're encouraging everyone to think creatively and to send thank you's and volunteering stories through drawings, photos, poems or even songs. For more information on how to get involved see https://www.volunteersweek.scot/get-involved/