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Welcome to our first e-bulletin May 2020
 
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.
 
For more information contact connectedcommunities@eastlothian.gov.uk
 

 
 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.

How to use House Party and WhatsApp in a youth work context- from Youth link
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TMYjHCP-S6E



 
 

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:
 
 



North Berwick Youth Project
Various weekly activities
Lauren Cowie (project manager) Lauren.cowie@northberwickyouthproject.org.uk / 07981856328
Martin Lahiffe (mental health youth worker) martin@northberwickyouthproject.org.uk / 07547563382
 
Find us at:
https://www.facebook.com/nbyouthproject/
@nbyp00
https://www.instagram.com/northberwickyouthproject/
 
 
 

 
Recharge Youth Centre, Tranent 
With the current advice on Covid 19 we are mainly working remotely and supporting young people through video links and phone calls, however we have also put together a web page of resources that can be accessed at home 
mail@rechargetranent.org
http://www.rechargenow.co.uk/
@rechargetranent
https://www.instagram.com/rechargetranent/

 
 
 

Active East Lothian
Information on getting active
https://www.activeeastlothian.co.uk/
 

Information/ useful contacts
 
 

Mental Health Awareness Week - 18 to 24 May Download the supporter pack.

 
 
 

DofE with a Difference
Where you can find everything you need to keep young people’s DofE running, plus the recent temporary programme changes.
  • Details of how young people can keep doing their #DofEWithADifference.
  • A run-down of activities that can be done online.
  • A review of the platforms available for online meetings.
  • How doing their DofE can help a young person's mental health.
DofE.org/DofEWithADifference
 
 
 
LGBT Youth Scotland
The team at LGBT Youth Scotland are exploring new ways to deliver our services, support young people and protect our staff
https://www.lgbtyouth.org.uk/our-services-for-young-people
 
 
 

East Lothian Young Scot
It’s easy to feel a bit overwhelmed and scared by everything you’re hearing about coronavirus disease (COVID-19) right now. Find out more about what's happening and the simple steps you can take to help
Young people’s Hub coronavirus
https://young.scot/campaigns/east-lothian/mental-wellbeing
 
 
 

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.
 
  

Eastspace
East Lothian’s online source of mental health and wellbeing information
https://bit.ly/2Z16pkG
 

TRAINING AND EVENTS
 
MYPAS
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.
 
Please register here; https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/coffee-break-self-care-tickets-104776824302
 
 
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.
 
 
 
Youth Scotland
Offers a range of training for part time and voluntary youth workers and young people. See the calendar below for Youth Scotland training events. Please note - there may be entry restrictions/booking criteria for some of the training listed. Click on the entry to see more information and booking options. If in doubt, please contact us!
https://www.youthscotland.org.uk/training-events-bookings/?mc_cid=5c6315870e&mc_eid=dbc6c00644
 
 
What on earth is digital youth work? Online workshops available! 21 May (10am to 1pm) - Online booking
 
 
 

 
Young Scot
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
 
 
NHS Lothian CAMHS
Further information and online resources see the NHS Lothian CAMHS website.
https://services.nhslothian.scot/camhs/Resources/Pages/ResourcePacks.aspx
 
 


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.
 
Please share this link with any of your young people or their families who may benefit from this support: https://www.whocaresscotland.org/coronavirus-support/
 
 
Children 1st
Useful information and links for children and young people
https://www.children1st.org.uk/help-for-families/parentline-scotland/
 
 
Education Scotland Wakelets
The link below covers links to materials which can be used to support the wellbeing of children and young people.   
https://wakelet.com/wake/506e0c7c-434f-4424-a9bb-98999a2f2065


#DreamBigAtHome

A new range of lockdown activities and live content to engage and connect children and young people across the UK, brought to you by the Woodcraft Folk.

www.dreambigathome.uk 


 
Next Bulletin Volunteer week
 https://www.volunteersweek.scot/ takes place every year from the 1st to 7th June.
 
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/
 
 
If you have any information for our next bulletin please email connectedcommunities@eastlothian.gov.uk

 
 

 

 
 
 
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