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Breaking the Cycle

 

Amount requested: £9,962.05

Breaking the Cycle

Thank you for taking the time to read this, you’re either thoughtful and sensitive or you or someone you know has been adversely affected by substance use, or both! There’s no one answer to the complicated issue of substance misuse. Which is why we have submitted “Breaking the Cycle”, a funding bid with five different strands.

The first Mind U is a fully evaluated project that has been running successfully for over a year, it was originally funded by the Harbour trust and the student RAG. It is a mental health recovery programme for 12-25 year olds, delivered by our very experienced mental health recovery practitioner.

The second part; we would like to employ a dedicated alcohol and drugs youth worker, who will focus on working with young people and or their parents to raise awareness, address issues and offer support. The worker will also organise training and maintain up to date information for our youth workers.

Thirdly: We have an ongoing arts project that requires funding to conduct a series of workshops with members of the community and young people to create sculptures and murals to install at various points around the Woodland and Wellbeing Walk. This would have the dual positive effect on participants and once installed members of the community generally. There is considerable evidence of the therapeutic effects of creating and viewing art. And if it survives, a legacy for future generations!

Circle of Security (https://www.circleofsecurityinternational.com/)  – our fourth strand – is an eight week parenting intervention programme that demystifies and makes accessible the language and theory of attachment. We have several staff who are qualified to deliver the programme. Many people who are adversely affected by drug and alcohol use often start as a form of self-medication, sometimes due to dysfunctional attachment from childhood and the resulting emotional deficit. The Circle of Security helps identify the source and offers support so that the same issues are not passed to their children. We would also like to use parts of the programme with teens, as we appreciate that they will be the next generation of parents.

Finally, our fifth strand is a proposal to use techniques from Branching out (a mental health recovery programme delivered by Scottish Forestry – https://forestry.gov.scot/forests-people/health-strategy/branching-out) with community members and young people affected by substance misuse. We will take groups out to the forest – with a fully qualified branching out leader and invite them to take part in forest activities for example: shelter building, primitive fire-lighting, tree, bird and plant ID, tracking, conservation work, ecotherapy, green woodworking, whittling and mindfulness. It would form the basis for completing the John Muir Discovery Award. The forest is a natural medicine with no side effects.

We will continuously evaluate the proposals throughout to form the basis for future funding bids for sustainability of the project. Thank you.