Gette Cobban, Senior Development Officer (The Promise) at ACVO TSI details the latest happenings from The Promise Scotland and how your organisation in Aberdeen can get involved.
Who Cares Scotland
If you are not already aware of Who Cares Scotland, please take a few minutes to have a look at their website at whocaresscotland.org.
Who Cares Scotland, set up in 1978 as a small voluntary organisation has grown and is proud to welcome a community of care experienced people of all ages, starting from the age of 3 upwards. In my opinion Who Cares Scotland really offers a strong sense of community and shares important information.
I attended Corporate Parent training delivered by Who Cares Scotland on 19th September along with a number of others working with children, young people and families in Aberdeen. This is I believe new training for us in Aberdeen and definitely more will
follow so keep a look out for future multi-agency opportunities. Emma the trainer was so enthusiastic and warm in her approach.
Throughout the session she kept asking us to think about the care and support we provide and as a check to keep asking ourselves what would be want for our own children. She reminds us that “care experience lasts a lifetime” and that the care we provide has such a significant impact. It’s important for us to consider who has a corporate parenting role for ourchildren and young people and the significant opportunity we have to make a difference.
If you would like to read more about Aberdeen’s role as a corporate parent please click on the following link Corporate Parenting | Aberdeen City Council
For information on other training opportunities and events taking place visit the Who Cares Scotland website
I had a lovely meeting with Nicola Clark who is the social work team lead for Kinship Care at Aberdeen City Council. There is a great deal of support being offered and also information available on their Kinship Care Facebook page. This holds information for those who are in both a formal or informal kinship care arrangement.
Also, Nicola and I were talking about third sector supports being offered for kinship carers. Nicola is always keen to hear more about what is available.
Could I ask anyone reading this who offers any type of support to kinship carers either in a formal or informal arrangement to let me know so that Nicola and I can gather together as much information as possible.
Nicola’s team have organised an event being held at The Beach Ballroom on Thursday 2nd November aimed at kinship carers, children & young people and those organisations providing support. There are at least 20 stalls providing information and I will bring you more information as soon as possible. Meantime, if you would like to attend please rsvp to email@example.com
Sport Aberdeen SPACE project
My thanks to Katrina and Kim from Sport Aberdeen who invited me to their office when I first started in post. They shared a great deal of great information about the work Sport Aberdeen are doing around the city. Starting this month with the support of Emily & Andrew in our ACVO comms team, we will be bringing you monthly showcase articles highlighting how Aberdeen is working to #keepthepromise. You can read the full article in ACVO News – see page in the October edition linked below to find out more.
This month we will be showcasing Sport Aberdeen’s SPACE project. Over the next few months, we will be sharing a variety of articles. If you would like to share your organisation’s work around The Promise please get in touch as we’d love to share this with our readers.