Stonewall Scotland are delighted to be delivering their CPD accredited training courses for LGBT Role Models and non-LGBT Allies, in Edinburgh this December.
 
These courses offer attendees the opportunity to explore what it means to be themselves in the workplace and how they can be a more effective Role Model and/or Ally for others. Attendees will identify key ways that they can inspire change, help create an inclusive work environment and strengthen their organisations diversity and equality agendas.
 
They have secured funding to provide a limited number of places on this training for individuals, working within services delivery in the public and third sectors, as well as travel expenses for those traveling significant distances to attend.
 
If this is something which would interest you then please email Catherine Somerville with the following details and she can add your name to the list for these limited places.
 
Name:
Organisation:
Email:
Dietary and Access Requirements:
Which programme you would like to do (Role Model or Allies):
1 sentence on why you would like to do this training:
 
The places will be allocated on a first come first serve basis.

Please click here for more information about the Role Models training and here for information about the Allies training.

HomestartOrkney
In 2016 Home-Start will have been supporting families in Orkney for 15 years. Most of these families have been resident on the Mainland, however, following a recent successful bid from the Big Lottery Fund, Home-Start are now in a position to develop and offer the service to the outer isles.
 
Our volunteers are fully trained and spend 2 – 3 hours a week offering support to parents of young children who are struggling to cope with the pressures in their lives.  Often a parent or parents are suffering from ill-health, isolation or just the general demands of caring for young children and a volunteer prepared to listen and offer assistance and friendship practically and emotionally can make all the difference!
 
We are keen to recruit new volunteers to join the team so if you have some time to spare and would like to make a positive difference to someone’s life then please contact postmaster@homestartorkney.org.uk, tel 870770 or call past our office at 7 Main Street, Kirkwall for more information.
 
A Consultation on The Holyrood 2016 Election Manifesto for Social Enterprise
 
Please complete the new, short consultation For The Good Of Everyone - A Consultation on The Holyrood 2016 Election Manifesto for Social Enterprise and help shape the policies of the next Scottish Government and Parliament.
 
Please also share this with all your social enterprise contacts and share on social media with #VoteSocialEnterprise - thank you!

A new video series has been launched with the aim of informing children and young people, their parents and carers about the Getting it Right for Every Child (GIRFEC) approach.

Produced by the Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (the ALLIANCE) in partnership with the Scottish Council on Deafness, People First and the youth theatre company Solar Bear, the BSL format videos are designed to be accessible to a wide range of children and adults, particularly those who are deaf. 
 
The five part series was launched last week by the Minister for Children and Young People, Aileen Campbell MSP,  parents and children from the deaf community and by practitioners and teachers from third sector organisations and schools who support them.  The launch showcased the videos and gave young people, parents and carers the opportunity to express their views around key aspects of GIRFEC, including the importance of inclusive communication, the role of the Named Person, and the change in culture needed to make sure the GIRFEC approach is used by everyone.
 
Speaking at the event, a grandmother said that she was “uplifted by the day and glad that information on GIRFEC is now available in British Sign Language.”
 
A teacher said “the clips are great. I will definitely use them in the class to inform students and to generate discussion on wellbeing.”
 
A young person from Solar Bear who acted in the videos said “it was great to be part of the project. Everyone should know about GIRFEC so that children and young people can get the support they need.”
 
ALLIANCE Associate Director, Children and Young People, Ronnie Hill said:
 
“We are proud to have worked with parents and young people, to ensure that information about how GIRFEC works becomes truly accessible.  The ALLIANCE supports the roll out of GIRFEC on a statutory basis across Scotland because we believe that all disabled children and young people and those living with long term conditions should have access to the support they need, when they need it.”
 
The videos can be accessed on the ALLIANCE’s YouTube channel
This report presents the findings of a wide-ranging study to explore the attitudes and aspirations of young people aged 15-30 in relation to the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, with a particular focus on young people in Orkney. Overall, a total of 4,409 young people from within and out with the Highlands and Islands participated in the research, sharing their views on the region as a place to live, work and study. This summary report analyses the views of 216 young people living in Orkney who contributed to the research.
 
A copy of the Orkney Report, the full report for the Highlands & Islands, and the Executive Summary can be downloaded from the HIE website - http://www.hie.co.uk/regional-information/economic-reports-and-research/archive/young-people-and-the-highlands-and-islands--attitudes-and-aspirations-research.html
 

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