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25aprAll Day01maycharlie programme exhibition

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The CHARLIE Programme presents ‘Through our Eyes’ exhibition

The opening night on Thursday 25 April (5.00pm – 7.30pm) will be an opportunity to meet the young people who we have supported through our programme, with the impact of parental substance misuse. If you plan on attending the opening night  can you please RSVP to Claire McGill (email address can be found on the invite).

The exhibition will then be open to the public from Friday 26 April – Wednesday 1 May from 12 noon – 4.00pm.

The CHARLIE Programme invitation

Time

April 25 (Thursday) - May 1 (Wednesday)

Location

Unit 22 (Under Bridgegate House)

Bridgegate, Irvine, KA12 8BD

01may9:30 am3:30 amSeminar: Transforming children’s rights? Dilemmas, challenges and implementation

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The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) will shortly have its 30thanniversary. Emerging from the United Nations General Assembly in 1989, it has since become the most ratified international human rights treaty ever. The UK ratified the CRC in 1991 and is thus obligated to ensure the implementation of children’s rights in practice.

Operationalising the UNCRC raises practical, conceptual and ethical issues. For example, questions arise concerning children and young people’s capacity and competence to make autonomous decisions, particularly in the case of younger children or those with significant disabilities. There are debates about children’s involvement in dispute resolution and the relationship between the rights of children and young people on the one hand and those of parents on the other.

Across the four nations of the UK, there have been different rates of progress in terms of incorporating aspects of the UNCRC into domestic law.  Holding this seminar in Scotland is timely, with the Scottish Government’s promise to incorporate the principles of CRC into domestic law, a three year awareness raising programme for children’s rights, and an emerging children and young people’s participation framework. It is thus timely to consider where we are now – and where we want to be – learning from across the UK and beyond.

Questions addressed by contributors include the following:

  • What rights have been accorded to children and young people in different social policy arenas and UK jurisdictions?
  • What are and should be the roles of the state, parents and children?
  • What challenges arise when translating policy rhetoric on children’s rights into meaningful action on the ground?
  • For the next 30 years, what dilemmas may arise in relation to children’s rights? What are the potential solutions?

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Time

(Wednesday) 9:30 am - 3:30 am

Location

Centre for Research in Education Inclusion & Diversity (CREID)

LG34, Paterson's Land, Moray House School of Education, University of Edinburgh, EH8 8AQ

07may10:30 am3:30 pmThe Power of Peers - Ayrshire Networking Event

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The Power of Peers by Scottish Recovery Network (SRN)

Peers are people who have a shared experience of mental health problems and recovery.

Peers can use this lived experience to help other people who are facing similar challenges. Peers can also use their expertise to inform the development of new policies and improve services by using their own lived experience to help design and deliver services.

SRN are facilitating this event to provide an opportunity for people to connect, share and learn from each other. There will be workshops, discussion groups and opportunities to discuss how peers can be more involved as “experts by experience” to:

  • Support other people in groups or on a one to one basis?
  • Help shape the way services are designed and delivered?

The event will also provide a forum where people can discuss

  • The support peers need and how can they support each other?
  • How we can encourage more people to become peer supporters?

This event is open to anyone but will have a particular focus on the development of peer support in Ayrshire. It will be of particular interest to people with their own lived experience of mental health problems as well as people who support people to recover in either a personal or professional capacity.

Don’t miss the chance to be involved in this important event.

*Travel expenses may be paid for people who are travelling to the event and are not currently in employment or are in receive state benefits.

Register for your place here

Time

(Tuesday) 10:30 am - 3:30 pm

Location

Volunteer Rooms

Parterre, 18 High Street, Irvine, KA12 0BA

08mayAll DayA Day with Dr Karen Treisman

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Following on from her keynote speech at the ‘Healing from Trauma and Moving On’ conference, Dr Karen Treisman will be returning to Scotland for a full-day conference and training session, focusing on trauma-informed and trauma-responsive practice.

Dr Karen Treisman is a Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist who has worked in the National Health System and children’s services for several years.

Karen has extensive experience in the areas of trauma, parenting, adversity (ACEs) and attachment, and works clinically using a range of therapeutic approaches with families, systems and children in or on the edge of care, unaccompanied asylum-seeking young people, and adopted children. Karen also specialises in supporting organisations and systems to sustain trauma-informed and trauma-responsive practice. This work focuses on creating a cultural and paradigm shift across whole systems.

She emphasises the need to move away from ‘What is wrong with you’ to: ‘What happened to you?’; ‘Who are you?’; ‘What kaleidoscope do you see the world through?’ – because relationships directly affect the brain, and we need to experience compassion and empathy in order for our brains to develop positively.

Join us on Wednesday 8 May 2019 for a Day with Dr Karen Treisman.

Tickets can be booked following the eventbrite link – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/a-day-with-dr-karen-treisman-tickets-53097976477

Time

All Day (Wednesday)

Location

The Studio

67 Hope Street, Glasgow, G2 6AE

09mayAll DayKirsty in Adversity: Getting It Right For Every Child

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Kirsty, the fictional Holyrood baby, has turned three and she is facing adversity. This event is about the challenges facing Kirsty and her family. It examines solutions to improving awareness of where families can turn for support when they are facing adversity and how services can improve multi-agency delivery. How do we ‘get it right for every child’?

Getting It Right For Every Child (GIRFEC)

Born as MSPs took their seats for the start of the Scottish Parliament’s fifth session, Kirsty lives in one of Scotland’s most deprived communities with her mother, Caley. Kirsty and Caley should benefit from the Scottish Government’s flagship policy, GIRFEC, which is intended to support families by making sure children and young people receive the right help, at the right time, from the right people.

But services can appear fragmented, with families often unaware of where to turn for help, and staff and resource shortages resulting in families missing key touchpoints with services – points where warning signs may have been flagged.

Kirsty is one of the 26% of children from deprived areas that has at least one developmental concern identified by her health visitor. When she begins school, her circumstances make it more likely that she will be part of the 22% of Scottish children assessed as vulnerable. Solutions to these challenges must be found if we are to get it right for every child. Kirsty’s future is in our hands.

Why come to this event?

  • Hear from outstanding experts and policymakers directly involved with GIRFEC
  • Your chance to question the people that matter
  • Join the conversation in an interactive roundtable discussion
  • Network with colleagues and share innovative approaches to ensuring we get it right for every child

Who should attend?

  • Staff working in children’s services
  • Social workers
  • NHS staff
  • Teachers
  • Head teachers and deputy heads
  • Local elected representatives
  • Academics
  • Local authority education and children’s services professionals

Further information and booking details can be accessed via the link – https://www.holyrood.com/event/kirsty-adversity-getting-it-right-every-child

Time

All Day (Thursday)

Location

Central Edinburgh - Venue TBC

Edinburgh

13may9:30 am12:00 pmall agencies adult support and protection forum

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North Ayrshire Council are hosting their All Agencies Adult Support and Protection Forum on Monday 13 May 2019.  The Forum will include an update on what the current issues are in relation to Adult Support and Protection (ASP), ASP training information update, development of staff guidance and training regarding hoarding behaviours, Trading Standards in North Ayrshire.

The Forum is taking place on Monday 13 May 2019 from 9.30am until 12 noon and is open to all staff and volunteers in North Ayrshire.  If you would be interested in attending please email your details to Caroline Conway – carolineconway@north-ayrshire.gov.uk

Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.  Please note that you must book a place in order to attend.

Time

(Monday) 9:30 am - 12:00 pm

Location

Saltcoats Town Hall

17-21 Countess Street, Saltcoats, KA21 5HP

14may9:30 am4:00 pmAyrshire Adult Support and Protection Conference - Issues of Capacity and Consent

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The annual Ayrshire Adult Support and Protection Conference is taking place in May. Please see the attached flyer for further information and booking details.  On completion the form can be returned to ASP@south-ayrshire.gov.uk

Places are limited and confirmation of allocation will be sent in due course.

Ayrshire Adult Support and Protection Conference Invite

Time

(Tuesday) 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

Location

County Buildings

Wellington Square, Ayr, KA7 1DR

15mayAll DayUniversal Credit and Rent Arrears in Scotland

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This event will examine how stakeholders can mitigate the impact of universal credit on tenants whilst managing risk and maintaining collection rates.

Managing the impact of the Universal Credit rollout

The Scottish Government has recently laid its newly created social security charter before the Scottish Parliament for approval.

The introduction of the charter, which promises to treat claimants with ‘dignity and respect’ comes, follows the completion of the roll-out of Universal Credit (UC) for new claimants across Scotland in December 2018.

The UC rollout is expected to have a significant impact on Scotland’s housing sector with experience from pilot areas suggesting it will lead to a more challenging collection environment for landlords.

Join Holyrood to scrutinise latest policy developments related to welfare reform, examine how your organisation can manage the risks associated with rent arrears and maintain collection rates while balancing the interests of tenants.

Key issues that will be addressed

  • Latest thinking on policy developments in welfare
  • Scrutinising challenges for tenants including payment timelines
  • Good practice in maintaining collection rates and avoiding arrears
  • The potential role of the Scottish Government’s social security powers in supporting tenants and landlords alike

Who should attend

  • Devolved and central government agencies
  • Local authorities
  • Housing associations
  • Third sector organisations interested in housing, poverty and welfare reform
  • Letting agents/property managers/landlord groups

For all event enquiries please call 0131 285 1635 or email enquiries@holyrood.com

To book your place on the event click here.

Time

All Day (Wednesday)

Location

NASUWT

35 Young Street North Lane, Edinburgh, EH2 4JD

17may5:00 pm7:00 pm1980's classic rad night

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Cafe Hope

Cafe Hope

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(Friday) 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Location

Cafe Hope

59 John Street, Ayr

20mayAll DayRestorative Justice and Practices: Intensive Foundation Skills Course

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Strathclyde University Centre for Law, Crime and Justice, The Law School

Restorative Justice and Practices: Intensive Foundation Skills Course

Two-Part 5 Day Course: 20-21 May and  10-12 June 2019

For further information on entry requirements and fees please click on the link below:

https://www.strath.ac.uk/humanities/lawschool/newsevents/foundationskillsinrestorativejusticepractices/

Time

All Day (Monday)

Location

Strathclyde University

16 Richmond Street, Glasgow, G1 1XQ

21may8:30 am3:15 pmChildren and Young People's Mental Health in Scotland: Delivering joined-up prevention, intervention and whole community support

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OVERVIEW

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This conference discusses the Scottish Government’s strategy to transform the provision of child and adolescent mental health services in Scotland. The specific new financial commitments to service expansion and the work of its joint Task Force on Children and Young People’s Mental Health – which produced interim recommendations in September 2018 – set the scene for major service and policy developments.

Nicola Sturgeon MSP, First Minister, Scottish Government said “We will invest £60 million in additional school nursing and counselling services, which will support 350 counsellors and 250 additional school nurses, and ensure that every secondary school has a counselling service. We will enhance support and professional learning materials for teachers and ensure that, by the end of the academic year 2019-20, every local authority has access to mental health first-aid training for teachers.” Programme for Government debate, Scottish Parliament, 4th September 2018.

The Preliminary View and Recommendations of the Task Force were published in September this year. It concluded that new focus is needed on prevention and early intervention, better joined-up and seamless general support. It also called for more immediately available specialist services and the promotion of a whole community approach to understanding where mental health and well-being problems are best supported.

The Task Force Chair, Dr Dame Denise Coia, identified four strands for working to transform the approach to children and young people’s mental health: Generic, Neurodevelopmental, Specialist and At Risk and also specifically stated “A key aspect of this development will be the principle of ‘no wrong door’. I want to see an end to signposting that is not effective”.

The current context is one of new funding, the Task Force’s early work and the rising demand for better children and adolescent mental health and well-being services. This conference discusses the core challenges faced by everyone involved in the delivery of those services.

The conference will consider the financial, policy and service delivery opportunity ahead. It will discuss the available best practice and look at how all those with a responsibility for improving services across agencies must come together to deliver a holistic, needs-based model to transform child and adolescent mental health in Scotland.

Benefits of Attending

  • Find out what the Scottish Government wants to achieve in child mental health
  • Discuss the scale and nature of our child mental health challenge
  • Understand where service currently stands in education, health and beyond – and what needs to change
  • Learn what children think about mental health support
  • Engage in how we can best deliver service transformation in prevention and intervention
  • Look beyond the current services to what a joined-up whole community approach should be
  • Hear what current experience on best practice tells us works best
  • Explore the Task Force’s preliminary view and the ‘Four Strands’ of next working

Who Should Attend

This conference will be relevant for anyone involved in the planning, delivery or improvement of Child Mental Health Services in Scotland and anyone working with children and young people in Scotland. This includes health, education, social care, academic and Third sectors. The conference is intended for all those working in children’s health services, child protection and welfare, teachers and fellow professionals and staff in schools at Nursery, Primary and Secondary level, social care professionals delivering child services and dealing with the range of associated issues including family and relationship breakdown, poverty, nutrition, bullying, substance misuse, abuse and bereavement, Third Sector organisations providing child and family mental health and other support services and policy makers and service leaders in national and local government and related services and bodies.

Booking Information 

Time

(Tuesday) 8:30 am - 3:15 pm

Location

Royal Scots Club

29-31 Abercromby Place, Edinburgh, EH3 6QE

22mayAll Dayhousing first scotland annual conference 2019

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Ramping Up

Bookings are now open for the Housing First Scotland Annual Conference 2019.

Join this unmissable event at the very heart of Scotland’s action on homelessness. We will be exploring the big picture and getting you right up to date with the big action already happening on the ground.

Tickets are expected to go fast, so please do use this opportunity to secure your place.

Confirmed Speakers include:

* Rt Hon Nicola Sturgeon MSP, First Minister of Scotland
* Dr Sam Tsemberis, Founder, Pathways to Housing
* Karyn McCluskey, Chief Executive, Community Justice Scotland
* Olga Clayton, Director of Housing and Care, Wheatley Group

Bookings and further information cab be accessed here – https://www.ghn.org.uk/shien/housing-first/housing-first-2019/

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Time

All Day (Wednesday)

Location

Edinburgh International Conference Centre

The Exchange, Edinburgh, EH3 8EE, Scotland

22may9:00 am5:00 pmHoward League Scotland 40th Anniversary Conference - Futures of Justice - The Next 40 Years

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Overview:

We’ll be exploring new ideas and new directions for the future of criminal justice in Scotland – to stimulate new thinking about how we can work towards a better future.

Speakers:
Professor Tony Platt: internationally renowned criminologist and author of Beyond These Walls: Rethinking Crime and Punishment in the United States, who continues to challenge our perceptions of crime by tracing its historical roots through the influences of class, race, gender and sexuality, which has resulted in America’s bloated criminal justice system and its disturbing use of incarceration.

Professor Nicola Lacey CBE: eminent criminal law theorist and School Professor of Law, Gender and Social Policy at the London School of Economics, whose research interests include the political economy of punishment; the development of ideas of criminal responsibility; and feminist analysis of law. Recent work has also included the role of criminal justice institution design in reducing stigmatism and blame.

Kevin Neary: Co-Founder of Aid & Abet, a charity which supports people involved in the criminal justice system in Edinburgh and Lothian, with a focus on those who have been in custody. Upholding the belief that once someone has been in prison they need never go back, he knows from experience that change is possible and that it’s never too late to start.

Wendy Sinclair-Gieben: appointed HM Chief Inspector of Prisons for Scotland in July 2018, from an ecletic background in criminology, education and healthcare management. Having also worked in Australia and Canada, she has a in-depth understanding of the complex elements which can lead to social marginalisation and exclusion, and has won recognition for her involvement in rehabilitation and reintegration.

Frances Crook OBE: Chief Executive of the Howard League for Penal Reform (England & Wales) since 1986, who has successfully campaigned to raise public concern about suicides in prison, the over-use of custody, poor conditions in prison, young people in trouble, and mothers in prison, amongst many other things. Believing that long prison sentences remove any hope of redemption, she fully supports investing in our communities in order to reduce crime.

We will also be joined by speakers from Community Justice Scotland, the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research (SCCJR), alongside members of the judiciary and practitioners.

Pricing:

We want to make this conference as affordable as possible and encourage people to register at a fee that reflects their income or access to funding.
If you are able to make an extra donation to support the conference as suggested, that would be really appreciated. This will help cover the costs for those on low incomes.

Rate A: Organisational booking £90 – this rate is for those who can pay through their institution or organisation. We hope that academics and others will be able to choose this option to help Howard League Scotland support low income attendees.
Rate B: Higher waged to include a suggested HLS donation £60
Rate C: Waged without donation £40
Rate D: HLS Full Member £30
Rate E: Low income to include a suggested HLS donation £20
Rate E: Low income without donation and HLS Student Member £10

(We do not want conference fees or travel costs to be a bar on attendance. If you are on a low income and do not feel you will be able to meet the costs of getting to and attending the conference please get in touch with us at emma@howardleague.scot and we will do our best to help.)

To book a place click here

Time

(Wednesday) 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Location

University of Edinburgh

Adam Lecture Theatre, University of Edinburgh, Old College, South Bridge, Edinburgh EH8 9YL.

23may4:00 pm6:00 pmAyrshire LGBT and education Network

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LGBT Education Network

LGBT Education Network

Time

(Thursday) 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Location

Garnock Community Campus

Beith Road, Glengarnock, KA14 3BF

29mayAll DayWhole Systems Approach Event - Prevention and Extension

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Please find attached the agenda for the Whole Systems Approach Event on Wednesday 29 May hosted by East Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership.

If you are interested in attending this event please contact Elizabeth McKechnie on 01563 554200 or email elizabeth.mckechnie@east-ayrshire.gov.uk 

WSA Event

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Time

All Day (Wednesday)

Location

Park Hotel

2 Dundonald Place, Kilmarnock, KA1 1UR

29may1:00 pm4:00 pmgetting together in localities

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Free Connect Kilmarnock event aimed at tackling loneliness and promoting what’s available in the local area

Localities News Update Getting Together

About this Event

Join us at the Grand Hall for our Connect Kilmarnock event. We will have:

  • raffles and prizes
  • activities
  • entertainment
  • information about local groups and organisations
  • & much more!

This is a free event, open to all – drop in any time between 1.00pm – 4.00pm.

Please click here to register for this event.

 

Time

(Wednesday) 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Location

Palace and Grand Hall Complex

London Road, Kilmarnock, KA3 7AA

30mayAll DayImproving Attainment for Looked After Children

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Getting support right

In October 2018, the Scottish Government announced £33m in funding over the next three years to improve the educational outcomes of care experienced young people. Looked after children continue to experience lower levels of attainment and poorer outcomes than their peers – so how can we utilise resources effectively to ensure all of our children and young people can reach their full potential?

A range of services must work together to provide comprehensive support, and with the additional funding going directly to local authorities, it is timely to examine what works in improving outcomes.

Join Holyrood as they share insights, priorities, and good practice in improving the educational outcomes of care experienced children and young people.

Key issues they will address on the day

  • Improving the attainment of care leavers as a policy priority
  • Key challenges facing care-experienced young people
  • Tackling siloisation of service delivery
  • Putting the young person’s voice at the heart of decisions
  • Learning from existing good practice

For all event enquiries please email enquiries@holyrood.com or call 0131 285 1635

To book your place on this event click here.

Time

All Day (Thursday)

Location

COSLA

Verity House, 19 Haymarket Yards, Edinburgh, EH12 5BH

30may10:00 am12:00 pmdomestic abuse working breakfast event

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Join the South Ayrshire Violence against Women partnership, for a free working breakfast to discuss how best to support staff who have or are experiencing domestic abuse.

The event will include a panel discussion and show and share good practice break-out groups with the aims of:

• Increasing awareness on spotting the signs of domestic abuse including coercive control

• Improving knowledge and understanding on the impact domestic abuse can have on an employee

• Increasing confidence in responding and supporting an employee who has disclosed they have or are experiencing domestic abuse

Domestic Abuse

Domestic Abuse

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Time

(Thursday) 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Location

Ayrshire College - Ayr Campus

4 Content Avenue, Ayr, KA8 0EU

30may1:00 pm7:00 pmgetting together in localities

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Free Get Together Event tackling loneliness and promoting what’s available in south of East Ayrshire.
About this Event
Join us at Netherthird Community Centre for our Get Together event. We will have:
  • raffles and prizes
  • activities
  • entertainment
  • information about local groups and organisations
  • & much more!

Everything is provided by our local groups and organisations – so come along, have a chat and find out what’s happening where you are.

This is a free event, open to all – drop in any time between 1.00pm – 7.00pm.

To register for this event click here.

Time

(Thursday) 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Location

Netherthird Community Centre

65 Ryderston Drive, Cumnock, KA18 3AR

31may10:00 am2:00 pmunforgotten forces information day

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This event being formally introduced by Provost Helen Mooney of South Ayrshire and aims to highlight the services and supports available to older veterans of age 65 and above by partners of the Unforgotten Forces Consortium.

As you may be aware, Ayrshire is home to approximately 37,000 members of our Armed Forces Community, it is hoped to bring together staff from across the statutory and third sector organisations throughout Ayrshire, raising awareness of the additional support available via the Unforgotten Forces Consortium.

We do hope you will be able to join us and would be grateful if you could RSVP to the Poppyscotland Ayrshire team at either 01563 598000 or email Kilmarnock@poppyscotland.org.uk

Unforgotten Forces Flyer

Time

(Friday) 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Location

Ayr Town Hall

New Bridge Street, Ayr, KA7 1JX