Place2Be have put together a series of resources focused on community recovery, to help headteachers and school staff start to bring their schools back together following recent challenging times.  Drawing on themes including hope, gratitude and connectedness, these assembly and class activity ideas are intended as a universal resource for all children, and staff are invited to use them as starting points to promote emotional wellbeing and resilience for all.

For books to support the mental health and wellbeing of our young people, look no further than your schools library!  Many secondary school libraries now have Shelf Help sections based on suggested titles from the Reading Agency.  These books cover a range of topics including dealing with stress and anxiety. The Reading Agency have also put together a Reading Well list which you can access here.

Barnardo’s Scotland have produced a film and webinar which highlights practical examples and tips that education staff can build into their everyday practice to support positive relationships with young people. Relationships between staff and pupils will be even more important as schools reopen after the Covid-19 lockdown, now more than ever, education environments which are relational and trauma-sensitive will be crucial.

No Knives, Better Lives (NKBL) is a national capacity-building programme that supports primary prevention work related to knife carrying. NKBL is funded by Scottish Government and delivered by YouthLink Scotland, the national agency for youth work in Scotland.

This year’s programme has been adapted to take the COVID 19 pandemic and the restrictions into account and how they can support schools and the young people you work with;

  • FREE Peer education training
  • TikTok campaign
  • Schools Engagement – interactive mobile game in schools with accompanying workshop
  • Virtual reality session for small groups of young people most at risk of carrying knives
  • FREE NKBL Practitioner Training
  • NKBL Practitioner Network Accessing the support programme

You can sign up to the newsletter for quarterly updates, you can also email Orielle Taylor (0131 313 2488) or the team email ( ) if you would like to take part in any part of the programme.

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