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

David Tennant judges our Father's Day competition!

In honour of Year of the Dad, Circle's patron David Tennant judged our Father's Day card competition, along with fellow Broadchurch cast members. Congratulations to the winner Shelby Ritchie, age 9! Runners up Dani Pavlov (age 9) and Logan Smith (age 12) also shone with their colourful designs! Watch the video HERE

Rhys, age 7, makes generous donation

Amazing Rhys, age 7, held a bake sale and sold off old toys and books to raise money for charity. We were delighted to accept £75 from Rhys, thank you and well done!

'High-Vis Dads' Arts Workshop

Circle's Haven Project held 'High-Vis Dads' Arts Workshop in July. Dads supported by Circle and their children worked their creative magic, producing a plinth that literally puts dads on a pedestal during this Year of the Dad

Pregnancy Support in East & Midlothian

Circle was successful in securing funding to deliver support to pregnant substance users across East and Midlothian. Read more...

SHINE Funding Extended to 2018

Circle's FABI team are delighted that Scottish Government's Reducing Reoffending Change Fund have extended funding for the SHINE PSP. Read more...

Diary of a Circle Family Support Worker

Our latest entry gives an insight into the valuable, varied support Circle Family Support Workers provide. Read here.

Jen Crook speaks with Mark Beaumont

Antarctica record chaser Jen Crook is chatting with Mark Beaumont, record-breaking long-distance cyclist and adventurer, for guidance as she plans her expedition to the South Pole. Watch this space for updates on her plans!

Vibrant new East Lothian partnership

Circle's former East Lothian PSP has now joined forces with East Lothian Council to develop a vibrant new service for families: East Lothian Intensive Family Support Service (IFSS). Read more...

Summer Staff Development Day

Circle's Summer Staff Development Day took place on June 1st. Staff enjoyed discussion around our Solution-focussed Approaches. We were joined by Anita Heyes, a co-ordinator and trainer with the Parents Under Pressure (PUP) programme. Read more... 

Circle's Haven Project returning home! 

Circle's Haven Project hope to move back to their premises in Craigroyston Primary School this month. The Haven has been closed for building work since April, resulting in premises change for our staff and the groups they run. Thanks to all the families who have been loyal to us and travelled further to attend groups.

Want to know more?

To find out more about what Circle's projects have been up to over the last few weeks, check out the News pages on our website here.

Circle's Annual Lecture 
Save the Date - 12th Oct 2016

Circle's annual lecture will be led by our patron Richard Jobson. Dads supported by Circle will share their own insights into fatherhood. More details here

Circle goes Wild about Scotland

This summer Circle has gone wild about native biodiversity at Edinburgh Zoo with Wild about Scotland! Read more... Edinburgh Zoo also inspired Circle's Haven Project's latest book, with families creating 'Inviting the Zoo to Come Home' during our storytelling week.


Women's Outreach Team

Circle and Addictions Support and Counselling (ASC) were delighted to secure funding from Big Lottery's Investing in Communities fund. More details on the Women's Outreach Team here.
Thank you to Pro Bono Economists for advising us on how to evaluate our alternatives to prison for Scottish women. 

Circle's Summer Fun

Circle hosted a huge variety of activities for children and families across our projects during the summer holidays, including trips to local attractions, family excursions and celebratory fun days. See what we've been up to. 

Circle Projects have got the Centipede Project bug!

Circle's ISSEP Project has enjoyed planting vegetables in the sunshine recently. Thanks to the Centipede Project for the raised bed! Read more...

'Women Prisoners: Throw Away the Key?'

A young person supported by Circle featured on the BBC 1 documentary 'Women Prisoners: Throw Away the Key?'. Check out the documentary and Circle's views regarding prison reform in Scotland and community justice here

Baroness Helena Kennedy QC with 'Sarah' on 'Women Prisoners: Throw Away the Key?'

Farewell to students finishing Circle placement

Best of luck to the University of Edinburgh students finishing their placements with Circle, we hope they have enjoyed their time with us. They have truly embraced the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills through interactions with both staff and service users, and we wish them well!
Catriona from University of Stirling is with us until September - here she is supporting a five year old's development! 

Best wishes from all at Circle.

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