Nominations are now open for the Third Sector Awards
Highland Alcohol & Drugs Partnership - Annual Conference 31st May
Highland Alcohol and Drugs Partnership (HADP) wishes to invite representative from your agency or group to attend our annual conference. A key theme will be driving the quality improvement agenda in drug and alcohol work from prevention through to recovery.
There will be a number of national and local speakers and workshops on:
Drug and alcohol prevention work
Young people views of reducing drug and alcohol harm Ban on new psychoactive substances / legal highs Methadone/opiate replacement therapy (ORT) and Recovery Building Recovery communities Violence Against Women and Substance Misuse Children Affected by Parental Substance Misuse
There will also be a short film of Highland involvement in the Scottish Recovery March and lunch will be provided.
If representatives from your agency wish to attend please complete a booking form and send to: firstname.lastname@example.org by 24th May.
Draft Active Highland Strategy
You are invite you to review and comment on the draft Active Highland Strategy – a refreshed framework of outcomes and commitments for promoting opportunities around physical activity and sport in our population. Do, please, also circulate this appropriately within your organisations and networks.
As the strategy is presented as draft, there is definite scope for shaping the final content. We ask that particular attention is paid to the agreeing priority areas for development and key performance indicators.
The draft strategy is attached. Please look over it and complete the survey at the following link
Please submit all responses by 5pm on Tuesday 7th June 2016
Inverness Men's Shed Launch new resource
If you are aged over 50 you may well be finding more time on your hands for leisure and developing new friendships. Inverness Men's Shed has created and manages a new resource KeepActive.net
You can find out about leisure activities for the over 50s including clubs, keep fit, hobbies, sports, lunch and friendship clubs and lots of other organised social activities. You may want to develop an existing interest or learn something new.
Being active means different things to everyone so the aim of our project is to develop, increase and improve awareness of leisure activity, exercise and learning opportunities for all people over 50 living in and around Inverness. It may be that you are new to the area or that your friends have moved away and you are looking to develop new interests and friendships.
Accredited free courses
There is a great opportunity for 3rd sector staff across the whole of Scotland to access free accredited CPD learning opportunities for paid and unpaid staff, volunteers and befrienders.
The training covers many subjects from specific areas such as Dementia Awareness, Mental Health Awareness, End of Life Care through to for example Safeguarding and Equality and Diversity, the courses are detailed and are supported through a named tutor who offers robust feedback. Each award is broken down into Modules and Units and feedback is offered as an on going developmental tool.
Email: IainCocker@nescol.ac.uk • Tel: 01224 612308
Tesco Bags of Help
The second round of Tesco Bags of Help is open from 18 April so get your application going. Bags of Help is available to a wide range of community groups, local authorities and organisations across England, Wales and Scotland and they can apply for grants to improve local green spaces. Successful projects will go forward to a public vote in Tesco stores which will decide whether they receive a grant of £8,000, £10,000 or £12,000. Projects that will get the green light as a result of funding will include new pocket parks, sports facilities, schools, woodland walks and community gardens.
Full eligibility criteria and detailed application guidance is available online here http://bit.ly/bagsofhelp2.
Befriending Networks Online Training
Beginning on the 29th of April 2016, Befriending Networks will be offering an online training version of its Vital Skills in Befriending programme for coordinators of befriending services.
This new format enables befriending organisations across the UK - even in more remote areas - to access training and expert guidance on all aspects of good practice from the comfort of their own home or office.
Course content is outlined below, but for further information, please contact: email@example.com
Dates for all courses are as follows:
Headway Highland provides support to adults with a brain injury, their families and carers.
We have support groups in Inverness, Fort William, Nairn, Dornoch, Wick and Thurso.
We started a new support group in Dingwall on 3rd February, 2016.
The main focus of our support groups has been on social activities, which we provide in warm, friendly and relaxing environments. Group members give regular feedback on the activities and events they would like to participate in. These vary from arts and crafts, board games, quiz’s to just simply having a discussion over a tea/coffee.
There is an educational element to the groups and last year there had been topics covered such as brain fatigue, hidden illness and social isolation.
At the request of members we have invited guest speakers who have delivered talks on benefits, carer’s issues, self-directed support, science workshop, healthy eating, and energy advice.
Each group meets regularly in the same venue but we have taken part in activities at different locations. For example, we have visited a local museum/art gallery, went bowling, been on a boat trip, had a BBQ and also managed to take 37 members and their carers/families to an activity centre for the day.
As well as our support groups Headway Highland provides free access to an accredited counselling service. Signposts to other services and organisations. Provides a quarterly newsletter. We also have a website (www.headwayhighland.org.uk), Facebook page and Twitter account.
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