#lovefromCALA – here’s what’s happening at CALA centres

Tomorrow is #lovefromCALA day! There are lots of fundraising events taking place throughout Care and Learning Alliance, including our sponsored bike ride, a raffle with some amazing prizes and a coffee morning at our Dingwall office. 

But it’s not just the CALA offices taking part in #lovefromCALA – lots of our childcare settings are getting involved too! Here are some of the ways in which the children and staff at our settings are helping us raise vital funds for two amazing charities: Mikeysline and the Hive, and The ARCHIE Foundation.

If you can’t make it along on the day, please consider donating via our GoFundMe page. 

Junior World in Nairn

The children and staff of Junior World will be going on a sponsored walk around the River Nairn. The children attending the out of school club will be having a mini-disco. And since it’s Valentine’s Day, the children have been making and decorating flowers and hearts to hand out to passers-by to “share the love”. 🙂

Wimberley Estate Childcare Centre (WECC)

The children and staff of Wimberley Estate Childcare Centre will be strutting their funky stuff on the dancefloor, with a charity disco. There will be a prize for the best outfit. 

Tongue ELC

The children of Tongue ELC have been busy baking Love Heart Cookies to sell to parents, relatives, and the local shop. 

Fortrose Pre-School

The children of Fortrose Pre-School will be limbering up and taking part in a 1-minute sponsored exercise (child’s choice).

And lots more!

We’re delighted so many of our settings have decided to get involved in #lovefromCALA and help raise money. Here’s what else is going on:

Sutherland Stepping Stones will be having a coffee and cake drop in. St Sylvester’s Nursery will be decorating biscuits and selling them to parents and relatives. Croilegan Inbhir Narann will be dressing in red and holding a word search competition. Drakies OOSC and Raigmore Out of School Club will be joining forces and going on a walk to the UHI campus. Munlochy Preschool Centre will also be going on a sponsored walk. Dingwall Ducklings and Muir of Ord Preschool Centre will be having a slightly more relaxed time and have organised a pyjama day. Meanwhile, Kinlochbervie Playgroup will be having a Teddybears picnic. Ullapool Out of School Club will be making hearts for people to buy and sharing messages on the ‘Sharing the Love’ board which is up in the local supermarket. 

As you can see, there’s a lot going on across the different parts of Care and Learning Alliance! If you’d like to support our fundraising efforts, please consider donating a few pounds via our GoFundMe page: https://www.gofundme.com/calabikeride

We’ll be posting updates about #lovefromCALA on our social media tomorrow. Please like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter

The Big CALA Bike Ride – Thursday 14th February

Final preparations are being made for our upcoming day of fundraising – #lovefromCALA. With the big day just around the corner, we thought we’d share with you some of the things we’ve got planned. 

On February 14th, the CALA Inverness office team will be taking part in a sponsored cycle. We will be taking turns on an exercise bike (kindly lent to us by Bannatyne Health Club), embarking on a virtual tour of as many CALA settings as we can reach in a day. 

If you’d like to support us, please visit our GoFundMe page: https://www.gofundme.com/calabikeride.

All money raised will go towards two amazing charities: Mikeysline and the Hive, and The ARCHIE Foundation.

We’ll be posting updates on social media on Thursday, so please make sure you share our posts! And join in using the hashtag #lovefromCALA!

ICT Support for People With Dyslexia – 25th February 2019, 7pm-9pm, Inverness

The following blog post was originally published on the Highland Literacy Blog

Dyslexia Scotland are running the following event in Inverness on Monday 25th February 2019, 7pm-9pm in Kinmylies Primary School, Inverness.

What is #lovefromCALA?

On February 14th, Care and Learning Alliance will be holding a day of fundraising for two amazing Highland charities: Mikeysline and the Hive and The ARCHIE Foundation. Fundraising events will be taking place at our Inverness office, Dingwall office, and at some of our Early Learning and Childcare Centres. 

If you’re on social media, we need your help to get the message out there! Join in by using the hashtag #lovefromCALA in your social media posts. We’d love it if you could share or retweet our posts on the 14th of February! 

We have a GoFundMe page set up for our fundraising efforts – please donate anything you can spare, every penny counts! 

Who is taking part?

CALA’s Inverness office will be taking part in a sponsored exercise bike ride. We’ll be taking turns on the bike and embarking on a virtual tour of the Highlands, hoping to reach as many CALA centres as possible. We’ll also be selling raffle tickets, with some fantastic prizes on offer. If you’re in the area, pop by for a cup of tea and a piece of cake!

Meanwhile, our Dingwall office will be getting involved by holding a coffee morning, where there will be teas, coffees and sweet treats available.

Some of our childcare centres are raising money too! Wimberley Estate Childcare Centre are holding an 80’s theme party, with a prize for the best costume!

Up in Caithness, the children and staff of Tongue ELC will be baking Love Heart Cookies, which they plan to sell to parents, relatives, and the local shop, with the proceeds being donated to #lovefromCALA. 

How can I get involved?

There are a number of ways you can show your support for #lovefromCALA! 

Who are you raising money for?

Every penny we raise on the day will be donated to two fantastic charities: ‘Mikeysline and the Hive‘ and ‘The Archie Foundation‘.

Mikeysline and the Hive

Mikeysline and the Hive was founded in 2015 after a number of suicides in the Highland area. They have four main goals: to help fight the Highland-wide problem of chronic loneliness, to provide a light in the dark for those in the depths of depression, to offer a distraction from thoughts leaning towards self-harm, and to tackle head-on the staggering rate of suicide in the Highlands.

Learn more by visiting their website. 

The ARCHIE Foundation

The ARCHIE Foundation is a charity that makes the difference for local sick children when they are in hospital or require long-term medical treatment. Some of the services they provide are advanced training and equipment, specialist staff, child-friendly environments, and extensive support to families of sick children.

Learn more by visiting their website. 

Children’s Mental Health Week – 4th – 10th February 2019 – Healthy: Inside and Out

Set up by the children’s mental health charity Place2Be, this designated week shines a spotlight on the importance of children and young people’s mental health. This year’s theme of Healthy: Inside and Out encourages everyone to think about how they look after their bodies and minds.

When people talk about being healthy, they are usually thinking about eating the right food, exercising and getting enough sleep. Place2Be reminds us it is important to look after our minds – our mental wellbeing – too. Mental health issues are not restricted to adults: schools recognise that children in every class have diagnosable mental health conditions and many struggle with difficulties in every day living.

Our bodies and minds are connected, so simple things that we do to improve our physical wellbeing can help healthy inside and out our mental wellbeing too. It doesn’t have to be difficult.

Place2Be has produced a range of resources to support parents and children in thinking about how they look after their bodies and minds. It might be talking to each other, a friend or a trusted adult; noticing something that makes you feel good and thinking about why it does; or deciding to do something new to look after your body and mind.

It’s important to remember that everyone’s bodies and minds are different. There’s no such thing as a perfect body or mind so people might pick different things that help them feel Healthy: Inside and Out – and that’s OK!

For more information, including guides for parents, carers and children, check out the Place2Be website at: www.childrensmentalhealthweek.org.uk

If you are a child or parent, you can find out about organisations that can help at: www.place2be.org.uk/usefulcontacts

Children and young people can also call the Childline helpline at 24 hours a day on 0800 1111