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Come to the next Volunteer training

Jane
06.09.2017 - 16:23

We are currently recruiting for our next training courses.

We are looking for friendly people in Edinburgh and Midlothian.

Saturdays 10.30am -3.30pm.    At our office in Newington

Autumn Course:    14th Oct, 21st Oct, 28th Oct, 4th Nov 2017

Winter Course:  18th Nov, 25th Nov, 2ndDec, 9th Dec

 

We are shortlisted for a National Award

Jane
04.08.2017 - 13:43

We are delighted to have been shortlisted for a national award -  the Third Sector Awards - Charity Partnership of the Year, for the Lawfield Community Project

The project is centred around Lawfield Primary School in Mayfield, Midlothian.

 Lawfield is a new school created in 2008 following the merger of two local primary schools. It has a school roll of 380.

The majority of pupils are experiencing socio-economic disadvantage with 33% of pupils eligible for free school meals. Attainment in literacy is poor – for example, out of a sample of 85 second level pupils, 52% of these were attaining below expected levels in literacy. The school was facing high levels of exclusions, incidences of  violence and the senior management team had a high turnover.

Voluntary sector partner agencies agreed to support the school. A pilot - the Lawfield Community Project was set up test out how to best support the school and show case how the voluntary sector can help meet a specific need in the community by working in partnership with each other and statutory partners to make a difference.

This project led to new ways of working, joint working process, a single allocation process, removal of scatter gun referrals, a single point of access for families and impacts in relation to childrens’ attainment. In addition, the community has engaged with the school

The voluntary sector partnership is between Home Link Family Support, Children 1st, Midlothian Sure Start and Play Therapy Base who are all looking forward to the judge's final decision in September 2017

Karen Murray presents a cheque

Cranley Nurseries ran a Marathon for us

Jane
02.08.2017 - 14:26

We were delighted and impressed to receive a cheque for £900 yesterday from Karen Murray of Cranley Nurseries.  It was raised by ten Nursery staff who ran the Edinburgh Marathon for us!

 

 

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