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.

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

The ELC Inclusion Fund opens on the 4th of February, 2019

The third round of the Scottish Government’s Early Learning & Childcare Inclusion Fund will open to new applications from 12.00pm on Monday 4 February.

The ELC Inclusion Fund provides funding to selected Scottish registered ELC providers to support children with additional support needs (ASN) in Scotland access their funded ELC entitlement. It funds staff working in ELC settings to receive appropriate training and fund resources, equipment and adaptations to help meet the needs of these children.

Details on the funding and how to apply can be found on Children in Scotland’s website by visiting https://childreninscotland.org.uk/our-work/services/early-learning-childcare-inclusion-fund/

Closing date for applying to the fund is 5 pm on Friday 22 February 2019. For further details email [email protected]

Brexit implications for rural Highland – discussion event at Eden Court on 15th March

Highland Third Sector Interface are holding a discussion on the post-Brexit community development landscape in Highland. The event will consider the implications for rural Highland after Brexit, how that relates to community development and the impact of the loss of LEADER Funding. 

Where: Eden Court, Inverness
When: 15 March 2019
Book a place: email [email protected]

Help shape the future of out of school care in Scotland

Would you like to help shape the future of out of school care in Scotland? Then why not come along to the ‘Shaping the Framework’ event on Wednesday 6th March in Inverness. SOSCN and the Scottish Government want to hear what you think should be included in the out of school care framework currently in development.

The ‘Shaping the Framework’ event is run by SOSCN in partnership with the Out of School Care Team at the Scottish Government. At this event, SOSCN will share recent sector updates as well as results from recent research with children and parents.

Venue: Craigmonie Hotel, 9 Annfield Rd, Inverness IV2 3HX
Time: 9.45am – 1,00pm
Refreshments: breakfast rolls, teas and coffees will be provided

Download a booking form by visiting: https://www.careandlearningalliance.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/SOSCN-Inverness-Shaping-The-Framework-Event.doc

Free online training – ‘Introduction to Child Sexual Exploitation’

Care and Learning Alliance, in partnership with the Child Protection Committee Training Team, are pleased to be able to offer our ‘Introduction to Child Sexual Exploitation’ online course for free. 

The course is a mixed media presentation which will guide you through key messages in a clear, straightforward and interesting way. Video and audio are used to explain and illustrate important learning points making it an effective tool to help you understand more about CSE. 

The module can be accessed by following these instructions: 

    1. Visit https://calaelearning.co.uk/our-courses
    2. Scroll to the CSE course and select ‘Add to Cart’
    3. Select ‘Checkout’
    4. Complete the checkout process by entering your details
    5. You will now be granted access to the CSE course
    6. Work your way through the course; at the end you will be issued a certificate of completion, which you can print and keep for your records. 

As well as CSE, we have other child protection courses available. Our ‘Children Affected by Parental Substance Misuse’ is also free, and ‘An Introduction to Child Protection’ can be accessed for free by requesting a voucher by emailing [email protected] 

Please note we recommend using the Google Chrome browser to access the courses. 

If you experience any technical issues or have any questions, please contact us at [email protected]

Primary 1 Enrolment Week (Highland)

Highland Primary School Enrolment week commences Monday 28th January 2019.  Check your local Primary School for details of how to register.

For further information, please visit https://www.highland.gov.uk/info/878/schools/11/school_enrolment

Check your school catchment area on the Highland Council website.  

Highland Children and Young People Allied Health Professionals (AHP) Enquiry Line

Every Tuesday between 2 pm and 5 pm there will be Allied Health Professionals available to answer questions you may have.

Allied Health Professionals are Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Dietitians, and Speech and Language Therapists.

The enquiry line is for all young people, parents, carers and professionals in The Highland Council area.

The telephone number of the enquiry line is 07785477686.

#lovefromCALA – a charity fundraising day organised by Care and Learning Alliance

Care and Learning Alliance (CALA), have this week launched #lovefromCALA, a brand new initiative which encourages children, families, carers, staff, volunteers and partners of CALA to join our fundraising event on Valentine’s Day: 14th February 2019.

The Archie Foundation and Mikeysline were selected at CALAs annual conference in September 2018, as local charities providing support across Highland, and all proceeds raised on the day will be split between the two organisations.

We would like to invite you to join us on the 14th of February to raise funds for these amazing charities. Anyone who is interested will receive a supporter’s pack with all the information you need regarding the day, as well as a couple of fundraising ideas. We have left the choice open to the participants as to how you would like to raise funds.

We only ask that you show your support on the day by using our hashtag #lovefromCALA if you are posting on Twitter or Facebook, etc.

To obtain your supporters pack please email: [email protected] or call 01463 222569. If you require any further information or have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

The day and activities are not only about raising money for relevant charities but also about being part of Team CALA, with a shared cause and project for the day. Please join us in showing our support for the other amazing charities and third sector organisations in the Highlands working hard for children and families!

If you cannot fundraise yourself on the day please feel free to check in with your local CALA services and enjoy their activities. We at Inverness Office would like to warmly invite you into our Kintail House office for a coffee and cake on the day while we carry out our office-based fundraising.

Safe Strong and Free are looking for Board Directors

The following blog update comes from Safe Strong and Free, a Highland charity which aims to reduce the vulnerability of young children to abuse and assault.


We are seeking to recruit Directors to the Board of SSF.

Directors provide direction to the charity and support to the management team.

To ensure our programme encompasses the views of children, we would be delighted to appoint a Director from a nursery in Highlands/Moray. This role would involve representing children’s views at Board meetings.

No experience necessary, just an interest in keeping all children safe from abuse and assault.

Please enquire to [email protected]

The health impacts of screen time

The amount of screen time children should be allowed has been a hotly debated subject in recent years. A recent study by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health has examined some of the issues around screen time and gathered information from children and young people. 

The question of ‘how much screen time is too much?‘ can depend on a variety of factors, such as whether it impacts a child’s sleep schedule, whether screen time interferes with a family’s plans, and what the child is playing or watching on the screen.

The report suggests parents should “negotiate screen time limits with their children based upon the needs of an individual child, the ways in which screens are used and the degree to which use of screens appears to displace (or not) physical and social activities and sleep“.

Learn more about this subject by reading ‘5 things parents should know about screen time‘ on the Parent Zone website. Or read the full report by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health. 

Parentline – a support service for anyone caring for or concerned about a child

Parentline is a support service run by Scotland’s National Children’s Charity – Children 1st. If you’re worried about something that has happened to you or your child, would like advice or support, or simply want to talk, Parentline can support you. They will listen with kindness, help think things through and support you in whatever is affecting your family.

If you work with parents, families or kinship carers, you may wish to promote Parentline for anyone in need of a bit of extra support. 

There are a number of ways you can contact Parentline: 

For more information, please visit https://www.children1st.org.uk/help-for-families/parentline-scotland/