Junior World’s Zip Wire Challenge

On Saturday 23rd March, 5 staff from Junior World stepped out of their comfort zone and took part in a ‘Zip Wire Challenge’ to raise funds for Alzheimer Scotland. Centre Manager Jayne Macintosh was delighted when some of her team agreed to take part in the challenge alongside her and together successfully raised over £500.

Not only is this charity significant to Jayne personally, having lost her Dad two years ago to this crippling disease. Importantly, Junior World’s ongoing commitment to its Intergenerational Projects has further highlighted the challenges faced by individuals and their families coping with Alzheimer’s.

Although a bit chilly, the sun shone all day and a great day was had by all. We would like to thank everyone for their support and contributions. Junior World have raised funds and contributed to 4 charitable organisations this year and welcome any suggestions for future fundraising challenges.

The NSPCC ‘Parents vs Kids’ quiz

The following update was taken from the NSPCC newsletter: 

Do you know if being called ‘salty’ online is a good thing? Do you know about ghost mode and parental controls?

Our popular O2 NSPCC Parents vs Kids quiz has now launched online and is available to play across mobile, tablet and desktop platforms.

Get the whole family together and play the quiz to see who knows the most about the digital world, and learn a bit more about staying safe online. Take on 50 new questions and test your knowledge by playing 1 on 1 or in teams! Who really knows more about the online world in your home? Team Parent, or Team Kid?

Click here to play the game. 

Jessie & Friends: online safety education for 4-7s

The following blog post comes from CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection), part of The National Crime Agency.


We are delighted to announce the launch of Jessie & Friends, our new online safety education resource for 4-7 year olds.

Based on a series of three fun, age-appropriate animations, Jessie & Friends follows Jessie, Mo and Tia as they view, share and game their way towards a safer future online.

The animations are accompanied by:

– a catchy song, storybooks and posters

– a detailed resource pack with engaging learning activities on key topics including trust, consent, and healthy and unhealthy online behaviours, plus guidance on safe and effective delivery of Jessie & Friends

– advice for parents and carers on using Jessie & Friends to start a positive, age-appropriate online safety conversation with their child

We are delighted that Jessie & Friends has been awarded the PSHE Association Quality Mark in recognition of the high-quality, safe learning opportunities it provides.

All Jessie & Friends resources for professionals can be downloaded here, and you’ll find content for parents and carers here.

Look out for Jessie, Tia and Mo in the media today! Please do search for #JessieAndFriends and add your voice to help us get the word out to more parents and carers and professionals who work with children.

We hope you like the new resources and look forward to your feedback, and that of the children you work with.

Click here to learn more

Third Sector Cyber Resilience – March 2019 Newsletter

The Scottish Government’s ‘Third Sector Cyber Resilience Unit’ have released their March newsletter. If you work with a computer that has access to the internet, you should know the basics of cybersecurity, in order to ensure your data does not fall into the wrong hands. 

You can download the newsletter by clicking here. It contains information on:

  • The Cyber Essentials Voucher Scheme – grants of up to £1,000 are available.
  • A free staff training guide you can use to get up to speed with cybersecurity essentials. 
  • Information on ‘cybersecurity week’, taking place from 22nd to 28th April 2019.
  • Information on ‘World Back-up Day’, taking place on March 31st.
  • Lots of links to useful websites and training resources