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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. 

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Leah Benson shortlisted for Social Worker of the Year

Massive congratulations to Leah Benson who was shortlisted for this year’s SASW’s Social Worker of the Year!! 
This was a wonderful achievement and reflection of the work that Leah does with her families. Gary Clapton for University of Edinburgh and Sheila Cooper, former Practice Learning and Development Manager at Circle were also shortlisted as finalists in other award categories. The awards evening took place on 17th March and we are very proud of their achievements. 

Haven awarded £350 grant to develop its garden

Circle's Haven Project was successful in securing a £350 grant from Edinburgh & Lothian Greenspace Trust for the development of the garden space. Read more...

Welcome to Stepping Stones

Haven would like to offer a warm welcome to Stepping Stones who are using space at Circle's Haven Project every Monday and Wednesday for their Muirhouse group. Circle looks forward to continuing an already positive collaboration with Stepping Stones in North Edinburgh.

Farewell to our Kinship Care Project

This year has also been a busy and productive year for the Kinship Care Team. Unfortunately The City of Edinburgh Council decided to bring the funding to a close and the past three months have focussed on winding down the work with families and looking at alternative support for those who need it. Read more about the cuts...

Presenting at National Early Years Conference

Circle has been selected to present at Murrayfield stadium on May 21st at the NHS Maternal and Early Years Conference. Read more...

Consultation on the Future of Women’s Custodial Estate

Two Family Support Workers attended the Lanarkshire event in February and were accompanied by two mothers. Read more...

Voluntary Health Scotland's 'Living in the Gap' Report

Circle's model of work has been featured in Voluntary Health Scotland’s new report. Circle presented at the launch event at the Scottish Parliament in March, and the work model was favourably received. Read the full report here

FABI success at two national conferences

The work of the Families Affected By Imprisonment (FABI) team was represented at two Holyrood Conferences earlier this year. Both conferences were attended by parents who spoke to a large group of attendees sharing their experiences and the positive impact Circle’s support has made to them and their families. Read more...

Vote for Circle's ISSEP mentoring project in
Scottish Charity Awards 2015

Our ISSEP mentoring project is a finalist in the Scottish Charity Awards for our 'Perfect Partnership' with George Heriot's School. There is also a people's choice award decided by the public. Please give us your vote:

'Incredible Years' group gets off to an Incredible Start

Haven staff in partnership with a member of staff from Barnardo's started their first PoPP ‘Incredible Years’ group. Staff in East Lothian are also completing the training. Read more...

Parents Under Pressure Parenting Programme

Six staff have also now been trained in the Parent’s Under Pressure Parenting Programme. Although it is early days the initial impact has been encouraging with some families enjoying the structure of the work and responding well to the feedback that the programme encourages. Read more...

Justice Services and Health Fayre for Women's Day

Circle had a stall at this event held by North Lanarkshire Council, and provided information for women involved in the criminal justice services.

"Working with Fathers: Promoting the Positive Involvement of Fathers in Vulnerable Families"

The recently published report on our work with fathers was presented at an international conference run by the British Association for the Study and Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (BASPCAN). Findings were well received. Click here to download the report.

Kinship Choir are on TV

We're famous! Circle’s Kinship Choir was featured on The Fountainbridge Show on STV Edinburgh. We took this opportunity to talk to STV about the needs of kinship families and would like to say a huge well done and thank you to all the kinship carers who featured in the video. 
More info on Kinship Choir

Circle's Easter Extravaganza

Circle hosted a huge variety of Easter activities for children and families across all of Circle's projects during the Easter holidays including trips to local attractions, family excursions, family holidays, and celebratory fun days. Read more...

MSP visits the Lanarkshire base

Margaret Mitchell (MSP) visited the Lanarkshire base in February. This was a great opportunity for fathers to share their experiences of the support they receive from Circle.

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. 

Staff changes

We've had a busy turnover of staff in recent months. We wish all departing staff well with their future careers and warmly welcome all new starts to the various projects. 

Best wishes from all at Circle.

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