Welcome to Circle's Newsletter
Issue 4, August 2015

Welcome to Circle's quarterly newsletter. Here you will find an overview of some of the latest happenings at Circle, as well as information about upcoming events.

Circle involved in new research project

Circle’s Lanarkshire and West Lothian Projects are representing the wider organisation with an exciting action research project. The project aims to address a gap in knowledge, support and evidence that will improve the support for children and young people whose parents are in recovery. Read more...
Sun shines for Harbour BBQ
The Harbour Project’s children and families had fun in the sun on 13th August at their family BBQ! There was face painting, messy play, bouncy castles and even the local fire crew turned up. The children were delighted to be allowed to explore the fire engine!

Circle Workers train to become facilitators in the Strengthening Families programme

Linda Carmichael and Joanne McBrearty have recently completed their training to become facilitators in the Strengthening Families programme. The programme is run over seven weeks. It aims to bring families together through group discussions, fun games and activities to try at home. Read more...

Edible garden encourages healthy eating

Warning - May Contain Puns! The Haven’s edible garden project has grown and is really starting to put down roots. Families have planted, propagated, pruned and started to pluck some great fruit and veg from the soil of Craigroyston. Families have grown curly kale, courgettes, radishes, lots of lettuce, beetroot and cabbage to name but a few. There's plenty more still in the plots and we look forward to carrots, potatoes, tomatoes... Read more...
Recovery Hubs collaborative working well
The Harbour team continues to be busy with all referrals now being filtered through the Recovery Hubs. This is working well with Recovery Hub workers now meeting families at the Hubs to explain the support available through the Children Affected by Parental Substance Misuse (CAPSM) services and helping them decide whether or not this is the help they are looking for. When CAPSM services are not suitable, families can be redirected to other more appropriate support. Read more...

Warm welcome to new students!

We would like to welcome our new students. We hope they will enjoy their time with us and embrace the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills through their interactions with both staff and service users. 
Day out to Musselburgh a hit with families!

33 of our East Lothian Project families enjoyed a summer picnic on Wednesday 15 July at Musselburgh beach. Children 1st joined Circle to host the day and we were very kindly given donations of food from Tesco and Baynes Baker in Musselburgh. Some fresh cheese and ham rolls were also donated by Jimmy and Suzanne who run the Sheriffhall Café and those went down well, with families and staff alike! Read more...

Another amazing Storytelling Project

Haven completed their third storytelling week with local families. The project  staff walked around Cammo Estate with the parents and children, collecting ideas, objects and inspiration for their story. Mike Nicholson, an Edinburgh-based author who writes children’s fiction, led the creative session forming the main body of the story. Read more...

Scripture Union Activity Holidays create wonderful memories

The FABI team has continued to strengthen their links with Scripture Union and The Prison Fellowship on providing exciting opportunities for children and young people to attend Scripture Union Holiday Camps over the summer holidays. 43 children and young people were referred from Circle creating wonderful memories for them as they met new friends and tried out new and exciting activities. Read more...

Working in partnership helps improve services in West Lothian

Partnership seems to have been the theme of the last few months for Circle in West Lothian. We are consolidating our partnership with West Lothian Drug and Alcohol Service (WLDAS) and delivering good results as part of the Family Recovery Service. We have joined up with the Health Improvement Team and WLDAS to deliver a ‘Living Life to the Full’ course which was attended by several of our families. Read more...

Fun in the Forest!

Our Lanarkshire Project kicked off their summer activities on 1 July by running the first day of a ‘Fun in the Forest’ programme. It was the hottest day of the year to date, and the children and the staff had a fantastic time. Read more...

Haven Dads enjoy summer outings with their children
The Haven Project’s dads and their children took part in various outings and activities over the summer holidays. They played games in the park, cycled to Cramond and explored the deepest corners of the National Museum. They took to the Union Canal for some splashing about. Read more...
Annual Lecture - Save the date!
Circle Annual Lecture 2015

Doing the best for children and families when times are hard

Professor Brigid Daniel
Wednesday 7 October 2015
18:00 to 20:00

Lecture Theatre
Royal Botanic Garden

20A Inverleith Row
Edinburgh EH3 5LR

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