Category Archives: Planning for choices and changes

Health and Wellbeing and Substance Use Support Information

Attached is a leaflet outlining the supports available for:

  • Alcohol and Drugs Services
  • Family Support
  • Recovery Communities
  • Stop Smoking Service
  • Injecting Equipment Provision
  • Blood-borne Virus Testing
  • Criminal and Community Justice
  • Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service
  • Prison Family Support
  • FV Hospital Access
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing
  • Food Banks
  • Citizens Advice
  • Housing
  • DWP Benefits
  • Bereavement
  • Child Protection
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Rape Crisis
  • Survivor Support

FVADP Health Wellbeing-Substance Use Support Leaflet

Mental Health Awareness Week

Mental Health Awareness Week runs from 18th – 24th May; the theme is Kindness. 


The Mental Health Foundation have chosen kindness as the theme for Mental Health Week – 280420-MHAW-Printable-Poster-Colour-A4 MHAW20-Supporter-Pack_Final 

“Kindness strengthens relationships, develops community and deepens solidarity. It is a cornerstone of our individual and collective mental health. Wisdom from every culture across history recognises that kindness is something that all human beings need to experience and practice to be fully alive”


Research shows that kindness in an antidote to isolation and creates a sense of belonging. It helps reduce stress, bring fresh perspective and deepens friendships. Kindness can even improve feelings of confidence and optimism 


One act of kindness can lead to many more, during Mental Health Awareness Week they are asking that we do three things : 


1.Reflect on an act of kindness. Share stories and pictures (with permission)of kindness during the week using #KindnessMatters and #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek


2.Use the resources with your family, workplaces and community to join with thousands in practising acts of kindness to yourself and others during the week


3. Share your ideas on how you think we could build a kinder society that would support our mental health using #KindnessMatters and #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek


I’ve attached the supporters pack with further information and an example of the poster and social media downloadable resources available on the website


Please can you support the campaign and raise awareness within your networks and across the partnerships.


CLPL Opportunity for Teachers

Support your own mental health and wellbeing to better help others in these challenging times by learning how to put your own ‘oxygen mask’ on first.

This course is free to colleagues in the FV&WL RIC but does require a commitment to attend the full 12 hour online training programme which consists of 8 sessions in total, 2 sessions per week.  The series begins w/c 18th May with two options for attendance: Mondays & Wednesdays 2 – 3.30pm; or Tuesday & Thursdays, 2 – 3.30pm.​

The opportunity is open to all Early, Primary, Secondary and CLD staff and would be especially beneficial for school and establishment leaders.  In particular, promoted staff with a responsibility for PSE would also benefit from attending.  An open mind and willingness to embrace a fresh approach to thinking about wellbeing is welcomed.​

To apply details here:Resilience and Wellbeing Webinar Series for Educators – RIC pilot

ail or phone 07980 389 382​

For more details visit

Tokyo Olympics resources for learning at home

GetSet are having a competition to design the Team GB Olympic and Paralympic mascots. The competition has two age groups: 5-11 years and 11-16 years. Entries are due by the 31st May 2020, more information is available on their website here:,1L1OB,3OX1UI,5DAPD,1

GetSet have also produced resources for home learning around the Olympic games:


It’s Still Everyone’s Job to Protect

We are urging everyone to keep their eyes and ears open for children at risk from neglect or abuse during the outbreak. urge communities to do their bit to protect children -19

It’s Still Everyone’s Job to protectalkirk’s Children

At this time, when schools are no longer able to play such a central

role in protecting children and young people, the role of communities

is even more important.

If you have a concern for a child, it’s much better to say something

than do nothing.

If you’re worried please don’t hesitate to contact social work services

on 01324 506070 during the day Monday to Friday or 01786 470500

after 5.00pm and at weekends.

If you are concerned a child is at immediate risk of harm call Police

Scotland on 999.



SHINE resources for Young People, Parents/Carers and School Staff

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, SHINE has put together some simple wellbeing advice sheets for young people, parents/carers and school staff in order to support schools. These sheets could be circulated within the digital school community, posted to a digital wellbeing hub or e-mailed out. Each advice sheet also includes relevant website links, which we hope you will find useful. Any feedback or comments can be e-mailed to