Service Updates – December 2018
All services continue to be busy and are now gearing up towards Christmas. Some snippets of news from around the Trust;
- Portland Street staff have decided to “give back” to the community this year by forgoing their usual Secret Santa in favour of donating a small gift each to a local elderly person.
- Two of our young people from Portland Street are now ready to move on. However, these young people have developed close bonds with the staff and are expected to return to Portland Street to join in with the festivities on Christmas Day.
- Staff at Portland Street have enjoyed their Christmas night out. This year the celebrations took place at Peebles Hydro and included 4 ex-members of staff who came back to celebrate with their friends.
- Portland Street young people were pleased to become the recipients of an XBox One, which will, no doubt, keep them occupied during these cold winter nights.
- The Aftercare/Transition team are extra busy with plans for Christmas events. These include the annual children’s party (December 15th), the Working Group Christmas night out (December 19th) and the Christmas Eve drop-in. Please see our Christmas Diary for full details.
- Inga Orlowska, admin assistant at St John’s Road, recently gained her certificate for Bookkeeping Level 2 and has now begun studying for her Foundation Diploma in Accounting, which is being partly funded by the Trust.
Inga – studying hard!
Iain – looking for sponsorship for Sleep in the Park
Throughcare and Aftercare Support Worker, Iain Cross, has signed up to take part in this year’s Sleep in the Park event, which takes place on December 8th. This worthwhile event, organised by Social Bite, raises money through sponsorship and donations. Last year 8,000 people joined the world’s largest sleep out in Princes St Gardens to raise £4 Million and call for an end to homelessness in Scotland. You can sponsor Iain and his teammates HERE
Shona Johnston, Group Work Coordinator, recently attended the 6th annual Time to Shine Festival in Glasgow along with two of our young people, Matt and David. The festival is a celebration of care experienced young people and is run as part of National Care Leavers Week. The theme this year was Festival, featuring some great bands, delicious food (including some incredible stone-baked pizza!) and even a bungee run! Everyone enjoyed the day and all are looking forward to attending next year’s event.
David, Shona and Matt enjoying the festival.